Feb. 20, 2008
The No. 11 California women's tennis team (4-2) upended rival No. 3 Stanford (4-2) with a 6-1 win today at Hellman Tennis Complex. The win breaks a 12-match losing streak to the Cardinal for the Golden Bears, dating back to Feb. 7, 2003 when Cal defeated Stanford at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The Bears clinched the match when junior No. 87 Bojana Bobusic completed the 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over No. 54 Celia Durkin. Bobusic broke Durkin's serve four times in the first set to cruise to a victory but surrendered the second after tying things up at three games each. In the third set, Bobusic earned a break in the fourth game to take the eventually insurmountable 3-1 lead. The players held serve from that point on as Bobusic walked away with the win.
The Golden Bears got out of the gate in a hurry as the team of junior Claire Ilcinkas and freshman Marina Cossou notched an 8-2 victory against the No. 27 doubles team of Whitney Deason and Jessica Nguyen on court two. A little while later, the senior duo of Susie Babos and Stephanie Kusano clinched the doubles point for Cal with an 8-6 win against Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette on court one. On the third court, Bobusic and freshman Rachael Dillon forced an eight-all tie after being down 7-3 but eventually fell in the tiebreaker to Durkin and Carolyn McVeigh.
In singles play, Ilcinkas got the Bears out to a 2-0 lead with a quick win on court five against No. 45 Deason, taking the victory 6-2, 6-2. Ranked No. 9, Stanford's Jessica Nguyen finished off No. 52 Cossou on court two with a 6-2, 6-1 win to bring the Cardinal within one point of the Bears but that would be all the points Stanford would score. Senior No. 41 Cristina Visico opened back up a two-point Cal lead with her 6-1, 6-4 win against No. 49 Hilary Barte on court three after enduring four deuces in her final game. Bobusic's match-clinching victory came after Visico's win.
With the match decided, No. 7 Susie Babos fought back after being down a break to Burdette in the third set on court one. Breaking Burdette to tie the set at five games apiece, Babos held serve in the 11th before breaking Burdette one last time to win with a 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 score. Over on court six, after being down 5-0 in the first set, Kusano roared back to earn a five-games apiece tie, eventually six before falling in the tiebreaker. Kusano wasted no time returning to form, taking the second and third sets against No. 31 McVeigh with 6-2, 6-3 wins, giving the Bears their sixth point and completing play underneath the lights.
The Golden Bears will turn around and make the trip to the Pacific Northwest to face No. 44 Washington State on Friday (Feb. 22) at 11 a.m. in Pullman, Wash. and then No. 43 Washington on Saturday (Feb. 23) at 12 noon from Seattle, Wash.
No. 11 California 6, No. 3 Stanford 1
Feb. 20, 2008 | Hellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.
1. Babos/Kusano (California) def. Barte/Burdette (Stanford) 8-6
2. Cossou/Ilcinkas (California) def. No. 27 Deason/Nguyen (Stanford) 8-2
3. Durkin/McVeigh (Stanford) def. Bobusic/Dillon (California) 9-8(3)
Order of finish: 2, 1*, 3 (California wins doubles point)
1. No. 7 Susie Babos (California) def. Lindsay Burdette (Stanford) 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
2. No. 9 Jessica Nguyen (Stanford) def. No. 52 Marina Cossou (California) 6-2, 6-1
3. No. 41 Cristina Visico (California) def. No. 49 Hilary Barte (Stanford) 6-1, 6-4
4. No. 87 Bojana Bobusic (California) def. No. 54 Celia Durkin (Stanford) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
5. No. 83 Claire Ilcinkas (California) def. No. 45 Whitney Deason (Stanford) 6-2, 6-2
6. Stephanie Kusano (California) def. No. 31 Carolyn McVeigh (Stanford) 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish: 5, 2, 3, 4*, 1, 6