California's Andersson and Juricova Claim NCAA Doubles Championship
May 25, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The No. 7-ranked California women's tennis doubles team of sophomore Mari Andersson and freshman Jana Juricova defeated the No. 8-ranked Stanford duo of Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette, 6-3, 6-4, in the title match of the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Doubles Championship on Monday, May 25, at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The Golden Bear tandem becomes the fifth Cal doubles team to win the crown and the first since 2003 NCAA champions Raquel Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano. Cal's other titles came when head coach Amanda Augustus teamed up with Amy Jensen to win back-to-back championships in 1998 and 1999; and when Jensen teamed with Claire Curran for her third title in 2000.
Andersson and Juricova complete their first seasons with the Bears with a 25-3 doubles record together and claimed the NCAA title by winning their seventh consecutive match. The duo posted a perfect 8-0 record in tournament matches. Individually, Andersson finishes with a 25-5 doubles record while Juricova takes home a team-high 39-7 doubles mark. Barte and Burdette complete the year with a 27-8 overall record this year.
The 2009 NCAA Tennis Championships conclude today. On the men’s side, Stanford’s Alex Clayton was the only Pac-10 singles player to advance past the second round. Clayton fell in the quarterfinals to Mississippi’s Devin Britton. In doubles, both USC’s Robert Farah and Steve Johnson and Cal’s Geoff Chizever and Pedro Zerbini were eliminated in the Round of 16 on May 22. In addition to Cal and Stanford in the women’s doubles draw, Arizona State duo of Kelcy McKenna and Micaela Hein made it all the way to the quarterfinals, falling to Baylor’s Csilla Borsanyi and Lenka Broosova.
Overall the 2009 season was a success for Pac-10 tennis. USC captured the program’s 17th NCAA team title, while the California women were the runners-up in the women’s race.