Golden Bears Enjoy First-Day Success at ITA Regional

Oct. 24, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - The California women's team completed the first day of the 2009 Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championship with four singles players advancing to the round of 32 and three doubles teams pushing through to the round of 16. All seeded Golden Bears won their matches at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium before a campus-wide power outage forced the suspension of several evening matches.

The day opened with doubles round of 64 matches and two Cal tandems earning victories. Sophomore Stephany Chang and freshman Nelly Radeva got one of the wins in an 8-5 victory over Sasha Fisher and Jenifer Widjaja of Pacific. Senior Kasia Siwosz and freshman Tayler Davis recorded an 8-3 win over Kimmie Cox and Kacie Wagener of Santa Clara. Sophomore Catalina Visico was one half of a mixed team with Stanford freshman Natalie Dillon but fell, 8-0, to Fresno State's Bianca Modoc and Anastasia Petukhova.

After a first-round bye, the top-seeded team of junior Mari Andersson and sophomore Jana Juricova flexed their No. 2 ranking and pushed past Molly Aloia and Alisa Spitzer of Saint Mary's College with an 8-1 win. Cal's fifth-seeded duo of junior Marina Cossou and freshman Annie Goransson defeated Kelly Lamble and Maggie McGeorge of Santa Clara, 8-3. Davis and Siwosz earned their second victory of the day as they defeated Melinda Akerbrant and Cecilia Gratian of San Francisco, 8-4, to give the Bears three doubles teams in the round of 16. Chang and Radeva fell to Lacey Pflibsen and Megan Spordli of Portland, 8-4.

In singles play, four Bears won first-round matches to advance. Davis bounced back from a first-set loss and defeated Maria Meliuk of Sacramento State in three, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5. Davis won the first-set tiebreaker, 7-5. Radeva split sets with Samantha Smith of Washington, 6-1, 1-6, before taking the third set, 6-3. Goransson posted a 6-2, 6-2 win over Sabine Fuchs of Oregon and Siwosz took out Jessy Mekpoh of San Francisco, 6-1, 6-1. Visico fell, 6-0, 6-1, to Pacific's Christina Goehl.

Cal's seeded and ranked singles players came out of a first-round bye swinging as each advanced in straight sets. As the tournament's top seed, No. 4-ranked Juricova took out Maria Demerath of Eastern Washington, 6-1, 6-1. No. 18 Cossou carried her fourth-seeded spot to a 6-1, 6-4 win over Anna Chikhikvishvili of Saint Mary's; and No. 26 Andersson upheld her sixth-seed for a 6-1, 6-4 victory against Pavlina Smatova of Oregon. Siwosz continued to play well as she took out Maggie McGeorge of Santa Clara, 6-1, 6-1, for her seventh-straight singles victory of the season. Davis, Goransson, Radeva and Chang, who also received a first-round bye, were unable to complete their matches before the power outage.

Play resumes at 8 a.m. PT on Saturday, Oct. 24. For complete results, draws and schedules, please visit and search for tournament ID No. 5192902.

2009 Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional ChampionshipTaube Family Tennis Stadium | Stanford, Calif.Friday, October 23 - Day 1

Doubles Round of 64Chang/Radeva (CAL) def. Fisher/Widjaja (UOP) 8-5Davis/Siwosz (CAL) def. Cox/Wagener (SCU) 8-3Modoc/Petukhova (FSU) def. Dillon (STAN)/Visico (CAL) 8-0

Doubles Round of 32[1] No. 2 Andersson/Juricova (CAL) def. Aloia/Spitzer (SMC) 8-1[5] Cossou/Goransson (CAL) def. Lamble/McGeorge (SCU) 8-3Davis/Siwosz (CAL) def. Akerbrant/Gratian (USF) 8-4Pflibsen/Sporndli (PORT) def. Chang/Radeva (CAL) 8-4

Singles Round of 128Tayler Davis (CAL) def. Maria Meliuk (SAC) 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5Annie Goransson (CAL) def. Sabine Fuchs (UO) 6-2, 6-2Nelly Radeva (CAL) def. Samantha Smith (UW) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3Kasia Siwosz (CAL) def. Jessy Mekpoh (USF) 6-1, 6-1Christina Goehl (UOP) def. Catalina Visico (CAL) 6-0, 6-1

Singles Round of 64[1] No. 4 Jana Juricova (CAL) def. Marie Demerath (EWU) 6-1, 6-1[4] No. 18 Marina Cossou (CAL) def. Anna Chikhikvishvili (SMC) 6-1, 6-4[6] No. 26 Mari Andersson (CAL) def. Pavlina Smatova (UO) 6-1, 6-4Kasia Siwosz (CAL) def. Maggie McGeorge (SCU) 6-1, 6-1

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