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Cal Duo Captures Pac-10 Doubles Championship
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  05/01/2011

May 1, 2011

Championship Central | Tournament Draw

OJAI, Calif. - The top-ranked California women's tennis doubles team of senior Mari Andersson and junior Jana Juricova claimed the 2011 Pac-10 Women's Tennis Doubles Championship in a thrilling three-set victory over USC's fifth-ranked team of Kaitlyn Christian and Maria Sanchez, 7-6(10-8), 4-6, 6-1, at Libbey Park on Sun., May 1.

The Golden Bears became the first Cal pair to win the title since Christina Fusano and Raquel Kops-Jones secured back-to-back trophies in 2002 and 2003. It is the seventh time in the history of the Pac-10 championships that a team from Cal has won the doubles crown.

"This is an incredible honor for Jana and Mari," said head coach Amanda Agustus. "There was some truly high-quality tennis out on the courts, today, and everything was very tight. Christian and Sanchez are a really tough team and they have such different styles. I think because a lot of teams in the conference have seen Mari and Jana before, that they are able to adjust and play us differently, but we responded well, and made the right decisions. I think the win is only going to help get them more confidence as we head into NCAA's; not to mention that it is an exciting trophy to bring back to Cal."

Andersson and Juricova will receive an automatic bid into the 32-team field at the NCAA Doubles Championships by virtue of their victory. The win was the tandem's team-high 38th this season, and its eighth in nine outings. It also avenged one of just six losses the pair has suffered this year.

Cal's duo earned its first of four straight wins in an easy 8-1 victory over Hannah James and Sianna Simmons of Arizona State in the opening round. They then drew the No. 77-ranked team of Cristala Andrews and Alison Ramos of USC in the quarterfinal and came away with a 9-7 win to advance. In the semifinal round, they defeated Stanford's No. 43-ranked team of Kristie Ahn and Nicole Gibbs, 8-5.

Freshman Alice Duranteau won her sixth straight singles match as she took out Arizona's Susan McRann in the invitational final, 6-3, 7-5. After she received a first-round bye as the fourth-seeded player in the invitational bracket, Duranteau defeated Elizabeth Ecker of Stanford, 6-2, 6-0, in the round of 16. She then pulled out two three-set victories against tough competition with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-0 win over Arizona's Jane Huh in the quarterfinal, and a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 win over Andjela Kankaras of Washington State in the semifinal.

"It was exciting to see Alice win the invitational title," said Augustus. "She has worked so hard and played so well all week. She grinded her way through some tough matches and had a really tough win against Kankaras, but today, she looked so comfortable and played with so much confidence on the big stage at Libbey Park. I am really proud of her because she has put in so much hard work to achieve this honor."

The Bears return to Berkeley and will await selection into the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships. The NCAA will announce the 64-team bracket live at 2:30 p.m. PT on Tue., May 3, on www.NCAA.com.

For complete final draws, and results, please visit www.Pac-10.org.

2011 Pac-10 Women's Tennis Championship
Libbey Park | Ojai, Calif.
Sunday, May 1, 2011

Doubles Championship | Final
[1] No. 1 Andersson/Juricova (CAL) def. [2] No. 5 Christian/Sanchez (USC) 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-1

Singles Invitational | Final
[4] Alice Duranteau (CAL) def. Susan McRann (ARIZ) 6-3, 7-5


Cal Bears Women's Tennis


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