Juricova and Andersson Advance to NCAA Doubles Quarterfinal

May 22, 2009

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 7-ranked California women's tennis doubles team of sophomore Mari Andersson and freshman Jana Juricova advanced to the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Doubles Championship quarterfinal with a 7-5, 6-4 win over No. 19 Michaela Kissell and Laura Vallverdu of Miami in the round of 16 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. Juricova (ranked 11th) was eliminated from the singles championship with a 6-3, 7-6 loss to No. 9 Chelsey Gullickson of Georgia.

Up next, the Golden Bear tandem will face the No. 1-ranked and top-seeded doubles team of Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova of Fresno State. Juricova is familiar with the opponent, having taken an 8-5 win over the duo with senior Bojana Bobusic on March 21.

In doubles, the Bears opened the first set on a strong note by breaking Vallverdu's serve. The Hurricanes got the game back when they broke Andersson's serve, however, in the fourth game. The two teams held serve until the Bears rose to the occasion to break Kissell's serve for a 6-5 lead. This time, Andersson served out the winning points to sew up a 7-5 win.

Cal went up 2-0 in the second set the same way it had in the first but again, the Canes stormed back to knot the set at two-games by breaking Andersson's serve. The Bears followed the same script once again to break Kissell in the seventh game for a 4-3 lead. Kissell later was unable to handle a serve from Andersson, sending it wide of the sideline to give Cal the 5-3 lead. Vallverdu fought off match point twice with her serve to pull Miami back within a game with Juricova serving for the match. Juricova's serves set the Bears up with triple-match-point. Up 40-love, Kissell's rally with Juricova proved to be the dagger as her shot went long to end the set, 6-4 for Cal.

In her singles match, Juricova's serve was broken in game four to give Gullickson a 3-1 lead. Juricova was able to break back in the next game but Gullickson's damage had already been done. The Bulldog freshman held serve in the seventh game to go up two breaks at 5-2. Juricova held once more but was not able to overcome Gullickson in the ninth to fall in a 6-3 defeat.

Juricova and Gullickson stayed on serve for much of the second set save trading breaks in games five and six to arrive at a six-all tie. The two continued to trade points in the tiebreaker until Gullickson went up 5-4 and then 6-4 to set herself up with match point. Juricova was able to fight off one match-point but was slow getting to a baseline shot and returned the ball into the net to end the match, 7-5. Juricova completes her first collegiate season with a 39-7 overall singles record.

2009 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Singles ChampionshipGeorge P. Mitchell Tennis Center | College Station, TexasRound of 64 | Wednesday, May 20No. 11 Jana Juricova (CAL) def. No. 51 Katrina Tsang (UNC) 6-4, 6-3No. 26 Marina Cossou (CAL) def. No. 40 Anastasia Revzina (UF) 6-2, 6-3No. 41 Mari Andersson (CAL) def. No. 56 Nadja Gilchrist (UGA) 6-2, 6-4No. 8 Marrit Boonstra (UF) def. No. 32 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5)Round of 32 | Thursday, May 21No. 11 Jana Juricova (CAL) def. No. 76 Mallory Voelker (DEN) 6-3, 6-1No. 2 Aurelija Miseviciute (ARK) def. No. 26 Marina Cossou (CAL) 7-5, 7-5No. 17 Laura Gioia (FUR) def. No. 41 Mari Andersson (CAL) 6-4, 6-1Round of 16 | Friday, May 22No. 9 Chelsey Gullickson (UGA) def. No. 11 Jana Juricova (CAL) 6-3, 7-6(5)

2009 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Doubles ChampionshipGeorge P. Mitchell Tennis Center | College Station, TexasRound of 32 | Thursday, May 21No. 7 Mari Andersson/Jana Juricova (CAL) def. No. 12 Whitney Chappell/Alex Haney (AUB) 7-6(5), 6-3Round of 16 | Friday, May 22No. 7 Mari Andersson/Jana Juricova (CAL) def. No. 19 Michaela Kissell/Laura Vallverdu (MIA) 7-5, 6-4Quarterfinal | Saturday, May 23No. 7 Mari Andersson/Jana Juricova (CAL) vs. No. 1 Renata Kucerkova/Anastasia Petukhova (FSU) - TBA

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