Women's Tennis Doubles Up in NCAA Singles Championship
May 26, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. - No. 2-ranked California women's tennis sophomore Jana Juricova and No. 35-ranked junior Mari Andersson each advanced to the round of 32 with first-round wins in the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Singles Championship on Wednesday (May 26) at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of host University of Georgia. The two Golden Bears will each advance to the second round for the second time in their respective careers.
Second-seeded Juricova earned a quick 6-0, 6-2 victory against 23rd-ranked Catherine Newman of Vanderbilt to advance and log her 15th consecutive singles win. Overall, it was her 40th victory of the season, to give her one more than the 39 she earned as a freshman in 2008-09. Juricova will face No. 43 Irene Rehberger of South Florida on Thursday (May 27) at 11:30 a.m. ET in the round of 32. Rehberger defeated No. 93 Jennifer Heinser of San Francisco in three sets to earn her spot in the second round.
35th-ranked junior Mari Andersson pulled off a three-set upset of Florida's ninth-ranked freshman phenom Lauren Embree, 6-1, 1-6, 6-2. It was Andersson's third straight win and her 33rd overall this season. She draws No. 46 Noelle Hickey of UCLA in a 12:30 p.m. ET match on Thursday (May 27). Hickey advanced to the second round by defeating No. 53-ranked Lutfiana Budiharto of Wichita State, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 18-ranked junior Marina Cossou opened up strong but had trouble getting past No. 41 Samantha Murray of Northwestern in the first round. Murray prevailed by taking the last two sets, 6-2, 6-4, after Cossou claimed the first set, 6-4. Cossou ends her season with a 30-11 overall singles record.
As the ninth-ranked duo in the country, Andersson and Juricova begin defense of their 2009 NCAA doubles title with a 5 p.m. ET match against Florida's No. 26-ranked tandem of Embree and Anastasia Revzina on Thursday, May 27.
Please visit www.ncaa.com for live score updates and streaming video of all matches.
2010 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Singles ChampionshipDan Magill Tennis Complex | Athens, Ga.Wednesday, May 26, 2010Round of 64No. 2 Jana Juricova (CAL) def. No. 23 Catherine Newman (VAN) 6-0, 6-2No. 35 Mari Andersson (CAL) def. No. 9 Lauren Embree (FLA) 6-1, 1-6, 6-2No. 41 Samantha Murray (NWU) def. No. 18 Marina Cossou (CAL) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4