Sept. 29, 2007
BERKELEY - The California women's tennis team hosted the second day of the Cal Invitational today at the Hellman Tennis Complex, with players competing in quarter and semifinals of various flights. Sponsored by Nike, the Invitational is a three-day event which includes singles and doubles competition amongst 12 different NCAA squads. This year, the Cal Invitational consists of three singles flights, two doubles flights and a series of round-robin matches.
On day two, senior Susie Babos defeated Long Beach junior Hannah Grady 6-4, 6-4 to earn the right to represent the Bears in the Gold Flight singles semifinal. The rest of the semifinal field is made up of only Northwestern players including second seeded junior Georgia Rose. Babos will face Northwestern's Maria Mosolova in Sunday's Gold Flight semifinal at 10 a.m. on the courts of the Hellman Tennis Complex.
Junior Claire Ilcinkas defeated Northwestern's Alexis Conill 6-1, 6-1 and junior Bojana Bobusic defeated Arizona sophomore Natalia Toporowska in three sets, both advancing to the semifinal of the Blue Flight. Redshirt junior Daron Moore was not as fortunate as her teammates, falling to Fresno State's Bruna Paes in straight sets in the quarterfinals. Freshman Bobbie Englert defeated Pacific's Clara Schumacher 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the final of the White Flight and will face Santa Clara freshman Courtney Hull at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
In doubles play, Northwestern duo Alexis Conill and Lauren Lui denied Cal seniors Cristina Visico and Stephanie Kusano a chance to advance to the final of their bracket with an 8-4 win in the Gold Flight doubles semifinal.
Following the conclusion of Sunday's Cal Invitational finals, the Bears will travel to Los Angeles for the All-American. Complete and updated results and draws can be found online at www.tennisinformation.com.
Gold Flight Singles Quarterfinals
(2) NU Georgia Rose d. (8) CAL Marion Ravelojaona 6-7(5);6-4;6-0
(4) NU Samantha Murray d. (6) CAL Stephanie Kusano 6-2;6-2
NU Maria Mosolova d. (5) CAL Cristina Visico 6-2;6-2
(1) CAL Susie Babos d. (7) LBS Hannah Grady 6-4;6-4
Blue Flight Singles Quarterfinals
(2) CAL Claire Ilcinkas d. (7) NU Alexis Conill 6-1;6-1
NU Susie Matzenauer d. (3) FS Vanessa Heroux 7-6(4);6-3
CAL Bojana Bobusic d. AZ Natalia Toporowska 1-6;6-1;7-6(3)
FS Bruna Paes d. CAL Daron Moore 6-4;6-3
Round Robin Singles
CAL Rachael Dillon d. NEV Audrey Bardot 6-0;6-0
White Flight Singles Semifinals
CAL Bobbie Englert d. PAC Clara Schumacher 6-4;6-3
Gold Flight Doubles Semifinals
(2) NU Alexis Conill/NU Lauren Lui d. (3) CAL Cristina Visico/CAL Stephanie Kusano 8-4