Golden Bears Open Up Strong At 2007 Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  10/20/2007

Oct. 19, 2007

STANFORD, Calif. - The California women's tennis team began play on the courts of the Taube Family Tennis Stadium at the 2007 Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional tournament today in Stanford, Calif. Seven Golden Bears advanced to the round of 32 in singles play including top-seeded senior Susie Babos. Three Cal doubles teams also played well enough to make their way into the round of 16, with two of those duos meeting each other for the right to advance to the final eight.

In the round of 128, four out of six Cal entries eased their way into the next stage, all winning in straight sets. Junior Bojana Bobusic had the easiest time in her match, winning 6-0, 6-0 against Fresno State's Elizabeth McFeeters. Junior Daron Moore and freshman Bobbie Englert weren't as fortunate as their Bear counterparts, falling to their first round opponents; but each will participate in the consolation singles flight beginning Saturday morning.

The Bears continued to experience success in the round of 64, with every Cal player winning in straight sets, only one of which gave up more than four games in any given set. Senior Marion Ravelojaona lost her first set but eventually retired from her match due to an injury.

In doubles play, all three Cal teams without byes advanced to the second round. In round two, the duo of Babos and senior Stephanie Kusano defeated UC Davis' Kaitlin Callan and Andrea Phillips 8-0. However, the teams of Englert/Moore and Ravelojaona/Visico were eliminated from play. Eighth-seeded pair junior Claire Ilcinkas and freshman Marina Cossou defeated their Santa Clara opponent and will meet teammates Bobusic and freshman Rachael Dillon in the round of 16. Bobusic/Dillon defeated Fresno State's Vanessa Heroux and Bruna Paes 8-4 in order to advance.

There are a total of eight regional qualifying tournaments throughout the country that determine the field of participants for the ITA National Indoor Championships held in Columbus, Ohio from Nov. 1-4. The two singles finalists and the doubles champion emerging from this weekends' play will earn berths into the ITA National Indoor Championships. In addition to host school Stanford and Cal, this regional includes top players from the following Northwest region schools: Cal Poly, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Nevada, Oregon, Pacific, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, UC Davis, Washington and Washington State.

Play continues on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. For complete schedule, draw and results, please visit and click on women's tennis or visit

Saturday's Schedule

Open Singles Round of 32
(1) CAL Susie Babos vs. SMC Marah Calvo - 11:30 a.m.
(9) CAL Stephanie Kusano vs. STAN Carolyn McVeigh - 12 p.m.
(10) CAL Cristina Visico vs. UCD Desiree Stone - 12 p.m.
CAL Claire Ilcinkas vs. (8) SAC Katsiaryna Zheltova - 12 p.m.
CAL Rachael Dillon vs. SMC Stef Ordoveza - 12:30 p.m.
CAL Bojana Bobusic vs. STAN Lindsay Burdette - 12:30 p.m.
CAL Marina Cossou vs. (16) STAN Hilary Barte - 12:30 p.m.

Consolation Singles Round of 64
CAL Bobbie Englert vs. WSU Jessica Gomez - 8:30 a.m.
CAL Daron Moore vs. TBD - 2:30 p.m.

Open Doubles Round of 16
(5) CAL Susie Babos/Stephanie Kusano vs. SAC Anastassia Lyssenko/Aileen Tsan - 9 a.m.
(8) CAL Marina Cossou/Claire Ilcinkas vs. CAL Bojana Bobusic/Rachael Dillon - 9 a.m.

Friday's Results

Women's Open Singles Results (Round of 64)
(1) CAL Susie Babos def. NEV Caroline Bailly 6-3;6-0
(9) CAL Stephanie Kusano def. UW Ariel Ohno 6-0;6-1
(10) CAL Cristina Visico def. USF Jennifer Heinser 6-4;6-2
CAL Claire Ilcinkas def. NEV Alice Hall 6-3;6-1
CAL Rachael Dillon def. USF Emma Taylor 6-4;6-0
CAL Bojana Bobusic def. WSU Ekaterina Kamendova 6-3;7-6(3)
CAL Marina Cossou def. GON Aglaya Kokurina 6-2;6-1
SMC Stef Ordoveza def. CAL (12) Marion Ravelojaona 5-7;3-1 Ret. (Inj.)

Women's Open Singles Results (Round of 128)
UOP Svenja Arens def. CAL Daron Moore 6-1;6-3
CAL Claire Ilcinkas def. SJS Ana Guzman 6-0;6-1
CAL Rachael Dillon def. SAC Melissa Valenzuela 7-5;6-0
CAL Bojana Bobusic def. FSU Elizabeth McFeeters 6-0;6-0
CAL Marina Cossou def. UW Wing-Yau Chan 6-4;6-4
UW Allison Rainey def. CAL Bobbie Englert 6-0;6-1

Women's Open Doubles Results (Round of 32)
SAC Luba Schifris/Katsiaryna Zheltova def. CAL Bobbie Englert/Daron Moore 9-8(4)
(5) CAL Susie Babos/Stephanie Kusano def. UCD Kaitlin Callan/Andrea Phillips 8-0
(8) CAL Claire Ilcinkas/Marina Cossou def. SCU Myra Davoudi/Lindsay McBride 8-4
CAL Bojana Bobusic/Rachael Dillon def. FSU Vanessa Heroux/Bruna Paes 8-4
(6) STAN Hilary Barte/Jessica Nguyen def. CAL Marion Ravelojaona/Cristina Visico 8-4

Women's Open Doubles Results (Round of 64)
CAL Bobbie Englert/Daron Moore def. UCD Robin Guier/Emma Shapiro 8-6
CAL Bojana Bobusic/Rachael Dillon def. WSU Marina Nicolas/Aleksandra Stefanova 8-1
CAL Marion Ravelojaona/Cristina Visico def. WSU Livia Gherman/Jessica Gomez 8-1