May 9, 2008
BERKELEY - The No. 8 California women's tennis team (17-5, 6-2 Pac-10) put a 4-0 victory in the books today at the Hellman Tennis Complex as they defeated Army (26-8, 5-0 Patriot League) in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Tournament. The Golden Bears will face No. 27 LSU in a second round noon match tomorrow (May 10) at Hellman Tennis Complex.
Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said, "A win is a win and we'll take it any way that we can get it but I think it was good that we didn't spend too much time on the court today because this will hopefully be a long tournament for us."
The Bears opened up play with a flurry of doubles victories, clinching the doubles point with ease. No. 12-ranked senior duo of Susie Babos and Stephanie Kusano took care of business against Niki Flach and Anne Houghton with an 8-0 victory before freshman Marina Cossou and junior Claire Ilcinkas sealed the point with an 8-0 win of their own, besting Kristin Beehler and Sarah Giles-Madden. In NCAA play, once points and matches are clinched, the remaining matches are suspended and not recorded as wins and losses.
Cal continued to roll in singles play as Babos helped put the Bears up by a 2-0 count with her 6-0, 6-1 win over Anne Houghton on the top court. Ilcinkas finished second over on court four with a clean 6-0, 6-0 win against Beehler. With both Cossou and Kusano running on 5-0 leads in the second set, it was Kusano who came through with a win, beating Caitlin Finnegan 6-1, 6-0.
Kusano said, "I think our win sets the tone and precedent for the entire tournament. For the seniors, this is our time to have fun and enjoy the competition so this kind of a start bodes well for us."
The Bears have now advanced to at least the second round of the NCAA Tournament 24th consecutive season. Cal is also 8-1 in dual matches played at the Hellman Tennis Complex and 13-2 this season when it wins the doubles point.
Cal will be taking on LSU as a team for the first time in program history but senior Cristina Visico is familiar with the top player for the Tigers, having faced No. 15 Megan Falcon in the ITA Indoor National Championships last fall when Falcon was ranked No. 1 in the nation. For live scoring during tomorrow's match, please check CalBears.com
No. 8 California 4, Army 0
May 9, 2008 | Hellman Tennis Center | Berkeley, Calif.
1. No. 12 Babos/Kusano (Cal) def. Flach/Houghton (Army) 8-0
2. Cossou/Ilcinkas (Cal) def. Beehler/Giles-Madden (Army) 8-0
3. No. 54 Bobusic/Visico (Cal) def. Burke/Limsiaco (Army) 7-0 DNF
Order of finish: 1, 2* (California wins doubles point)
1. No. 20 Susie Babos (Cal) def. Anne Houghton (Army) 6-0, 6-1
2. No. 4 Marina Cossou (Cal) vs. Niki Flach (Army) 6-0, 5-0 DNF
3. No. 35 Cristina Visico (Cal) vs. Sarah Giles-Madden (Army) 6-3, 3-0 DNF
4. No. 40 Claire Ilcinkas (Cal) def. Kristin Beehler (Army) 6-0, 6-0
5. Stephanie Kusano (Cal) vs. Caitlin Finnegan (Army) 6-1, 6-0
6. No. 92 Bojana Bobusic (Cal) vs. Diana Alquero (Army) 6-0, 4-1 DNF
Order of finish: 1, 4, 5*