June 4, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
California women's tennis senior Susie Babos received her fourth selection to the Pacific-10 Women's Tennis All-Conference Team, announced today by Commissioner Tom Hansen. Babos made her third appearance on the first team (selected to the second team in 2006) and was joined by freshman Marina Cossou on the first team, and junior Claire Ilcinkas on the second team. Cossou and Ilcinkas are each making their first appearances on the All-Conference team.
Babos becomes only the third Golden Bear to be named to the All-Pac-10 team four times (Amanda Augustus, 1996-1999; Raquel Kops-Jones, 2001-2004). Babos is also only the fourth player in Cal history to be named to the first team three times (Augustus, 1997-1999; Karen Shin, 1987-1989; Pam Nelson, 1993-1995).
Seniors Stephanie Kusano and Cristina Visico each received honorable mention for the All-Conference team; Kusano for the second time in her career (the other as a freshman in 2005). With Babos and Cossou on the first team, the selections mark the third time in school history that the Bears have put two players on the first team and the second year in a row that Cal has had at least three players represented on the all-league postseason squad.
The Pac-10 also announced All-Academic teams this week with Ilcinkas earning a spot on the first team. Ilcinkas is an economics major with a 3.63 GPA and had previously made the second team roster in 2007 as a sophomore. This season, Babos (3.43, Mass Communications) and Kusano (3.39, Legal Studies) each earned second-team honors on the Pac-10 All-Academic team after receiving honorable mentions as juniors in 2007. Junior Bojana Bobusic received honorable mention this season as well as last.
Babos completed her career as one of Cal's winningest singles and doubles players in school history and holds the Bears' only NCAA Women's Tennis Singles title. She added two All-American Championships titles during her time at Cal and was half of the 2007 Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year with Zsuzsanna Fodor.
Cossou put up 32 wins against only 10 losses in her first year at Cal and received her first ITA All-America selection last week after holding the fifth seed in the NCAA Singles Championship. Cossou went 19-6 in dual play, contributing her efforts primarily from the second singles court and holds the No. 9 rankling in the final 2008 ITA Division I Women's Tennis singles rankings.
Ilcinkas led all Bears with 35 singles win as a junior and put up the best winning percentage of any player from Cal, with only nine losses. Ilcinkas advanced to the Pac-10 Women's Tennis Singles Championship Semifinal and to the NCAA Singles Championship Round of 16 and completes the year with the No. 29 singles ranking.
Kusano earned All-America honors in doubles last week after teaming with Babos to log a 24-16 record on Cal's top doubles court. The two completed the year by advancing to the NCAA Doubles Championship Round of 16; and hold the No. 10 ranking in the final ITA rankings. Visico (No. 33) completed her senior season with a 28-15 singles record and Bobusic (No. 89) finished up with a 32-14 record.
The Bears completed the 2008 campaign with a 21-6 overall record, 6-2 in Pac-10 Conference matches. Cal advanced to the national championship match at the 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships before falling to UCLA in Tulsa, Okla. The Bears received the No. 3 ranking in the final 2008 ITA Division I Women's Tennis team rankings, the highest ranking in team history.