No. 9 Bears Make Short Work of Long Island in 4-0 Victory
May 8, 2009
The No. 9-ranked California women's tennis team (18-4, 7-1 Pac-10) defeated Long Island (10-8, 3-0 NEC) today at the Hellman Tennis Complex in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship. No. 41-ranked sophomore Mari Andersson clinched the victory for the Golden Bears with her 6-0, 6-1 win against H'Ann Johnson at No. 3 singles to send Cal into the second round for a noon match with No. 31 Texas (17-7, 10-1 Big 12) tomorrow (May 9). The Longhorns defeated No. 41 Pepperdine earlier in the day, 4-1.
The Bears jumped out to a one-point lead after claiming the doubles point with wins on the top two courts. No. 35-ranked sophomore Marina Cossou and senior Claire Ilcinkas posted a quick 8-1 win against Ashley Harvey and Amy Hosotsuji at No. 2 doubles to put the Bears out front first. At the top court, No. 7-ranked Andersson and freshman Jana Juricova sealed the point with an 8-3 victory over Selma Babic and Johnson. With the point in hand, court three's match was abandoned with senior Bojana Bobusic and freshman Stephany Chang one step from closing out a win while up 7-3 on Stephanie Elie and Dara Lahens.
Into singles play, Cal ran its advantage to 2-0 as Chang broke Hosotsuji's serve to take the 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 6 singles. For Chang, it was her 30th singles win of the year, making her the third Bear to reach the 30-win plateau this season. A beat later, No. 26-ranked Cossou put the Bears out in front with a commanding 3-0 lead as she defeated Harvey at court two, 6-0, 6-0. Andersson completed the victory with her two-set win against Johnson at court three next.
The Bears were scheduled to face Texas earlier this season on March 13 in Austin, Texas, but cancelled the match due to inclement weather conditions. Cal is 12-11 all-time against the Longhorns heading into tomorrow's noon match. Live scoring and streaming video will be available via links at CalBears.com.
No. 9 California 4, Long Island 02009 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship | First RoundHellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.Friday, May 8, 2009Doubles1. No. 7 Andersson/Juricova (CAL) def. Babic/Johnson (LIU) 8-32. No. 35 Cossou/Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Harvey/Hosotsuji (LIU) 8-13. Bobusic/Chang (CAL) vs. Elie/Lahens (LIU) DNFOrder of finish: 2, 1* (California wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 11 Jana Juricova (CAL) vs. Selma Babic (LIU) DNF2. No. 26 Marina Cossou (CAL) def. Ashley Harvey (LIU) 6-0, 6-03. No. 41 Mari Andersson (CAL) def. H'Ann Johnson (LIU) 6-0, 6-14. No. 54 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) vs. Stephanie Elie (LIU) DNF5. No. 32 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) vs. Dara Lahens (LIU) DNF6. Stephany Chang (CAL) def. Amy Hosotsuji (LIU) 6-0, 6-1Order of finish: 6, 2, 3*