No. 23 Sun Devils Edge No. 10 Bears, 4-3, in Desert Dual

March 27, 2010

TEMPE, Ariz. - In one of the longest dual matches of the year, the No. 10-ranked California women's tennis team (13-4, 1-1 Pac-10) was narrowly edged in a 4-3 decision by No. 23 Arizona State (12-3, 4-1) at the Whiteman Tennis Center on Saturday, March 27. The Sun Devils were able to wrestle the doubles point away from the Golden Bears for just the second time in 17 matches and rode out the marathon match to their fourth conference victory of the spring.

Cal started the day on the right foot as its No. 6-ranked duo of junior Mari Andersson and sophomore Jana Juricova posted the first win with an 8-3 victory over the No. 69-ranked team of Nadia Abdala and Micaela Hein at the top court. Arizona State responded to even the race to the doubles point with a win on the third court as Michelle Brycki and Nicole Smith completed an 8-6 win over sophomore Stephany Chang and freshman Annie Goransson. On court two, the first point of the day was decided at the conclusion of a nearly two-hour match as Ashlee Brown and Kelcy McKenna prevailed, 9-7, over senior Kasia Siwosz and freshman Tayler Davis.

The Sun Devils scored the first point in singles play as Sianna Simmons claimed a 6-4, 6-4 win against Chang at the sixth court to put Arizona State in front, 2-0. However, the Bears fought back to even the score with wins on the top two courts. Second-ranked Juricova took care of Hein at the top court, 6-3, 6-4, to put the Bears on the board before No. 50-ranked Andersson knotted things up at two-all with a 6-3, 7-5 win over No. 78-ranked McKenna at court two.

The final three matches went three sets to decide the outcome with Arizona State winning first. Brycki fired the first shot to put the Devils back in front, 3-2, as she came back from a 6-4 loss in the first set to win, 7-5, 6-2, at No. 5 singles. At court three, Abdala also needed a comeback bid to earn her point. Siwosz took the first set, 6-3, but Abdala responded to take a split with a 6-4 win in the second. Abdala went on to win the third set, 6-3, to clinch the 4-3 win for the Devils. With the match decided, Gorannson flipped the script after dropping a close first set, 7-5, to win, 7-5, 6-1, for Cal's third point.

Cal will return to the Bay Area to host a pair of matches at the Hellman Tennis Complex next weekend. No. 5 UCLA (16-2, 3-0 Pac-10) visits first for a 1:30 p.m. PT match on Friday (April 3). The Bears will then host No. 21 USC (11-6, 3-0 Pac-10) for a noon PT match on Saturday (April 4). Please check for more information.

No. 23 Arizona State 4, No. 10 California 3Whiteman Tennis Center | Tempe, Ariz.Saturday, March 27, 2010Doubles1. No. 6 Andersson/Juricova (CAL) def. No. 69 Abdala/Hein (ASU) 8-32. Brown/McKenna (ASU) def. Davis/Siwosz (CAL) 9-73. Brycki/Smith (ASU) def. Chang/Goransson (CAL) 8-6Order of finish: 1, 3, 2* (Arizona State wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 2 Jana Juricova (CAL) def. Micaela Hein (ASU) 6-3, 6-42. No. 50 Mari Andersson (CAL) def. No. 78 Kelcy McKenna (ASU) 6-3, 7-53. Nadia Abdala (ASU) def. Kasia Siwosz (CAL) 3-6, 6-4, 6-34. Annie Goransson (CAL) def. Hannah James (ASU) 5-7, 7-5, 6-15. Michelle Brycki (ASU) def. Tayler Davis (CAL) 4-6, 7-5, 6-26. Sianna Simmons (ASU) def. Stephany Chang (CAL) 6-4, 6-4Order of finish: 6, 1, 2, 5, 3*, 4

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