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No. 18 Pepperdine Falls to No. 7 California on Sunday

March 4, 2007

Berkeley, Calif. - The 18th-ranked Pepperdine women's tennis team concluded its weekend trip to the Bay Area with a 6-1 loss to No. 7 California Sunday afternoon at Hellman Tennis Center in Berkeley.

The Golden Bears (9-3) swept the doubles matches and won five of the six singles matches en route to the victory.

Senior Caroline Raba claimed the lone point for Pepperdine (6-6), winning at No. 4 singles as she defeated Stephanie Kusano, 6-4, 6-0.

Freshman Nina Henkel defeated Katie Sebate, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 to clinch the match for the Bears on the No. 3 court. After dominating the first set, Henkel struggled in the second, but rebounded in third set to take the match.

Defending NCAA singles champion Susie Babos won in straight sets at No. 1 singles, defeating Bianca Dulgheru, 6-1, 6-2.

Claire Ilcinkas registered a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Tania Rice.

No. 9 Zsuzsanna Fodor and junior Marion Ravelojaona were both tested in their matches. After Fodor took a 7-5 first-set win in her match against Sylvia Kosakowski, Fodor dropped the second set, 6-4. In the third set, Fodor lost the first two games and trailed 5-4 at one point before coming back to win the next three games and the match.

Ravelojaona followed a similar pattern as Fodor, winning the first set and losing the second set. In the third-set tiebreaker, Ravelojaona jumped out to a 5-2 lead and hung on for the 10-6 win.

The Bears won all three doubles matches to start the afternoon. The fourth-ranked tandem of Babos and Fodor jumped out to a 4-1 lead on Eva Dickes and Kosakowski. The Waves took the next two games to cut the deficit to one. Babos and Fodor would not squander the lead, winning the next four games and the match, 8-3.

Ilcinkas and sophomore Daron Moore clinched the doubles point on the third court with an 8-5 victory.

Pepperdine is next in action on Friday when it hosts UNLV at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center beginning at 11 a.m.

Singles Results:
(3) Susie Babos (Cal) def Bianca Dulgheru (Pep) 6-1, 6-2
(9) Zsuzsanna Fodor (Cal) def. Sylvia Kosakowski (Pep) 7-5, 4-6, 7-5
Nina Henkel (Cal) def Katie Sebate (Pep) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
Caroline Raba (Pep) def Stephanie Kusano (Cal) 6-4, 6-0
Marion Ravelojaona (Cal) def Eva Dickes (Pep) 7-6, 4-6, 1-0
Claire Ilcinkas (Cal) def Tania Rice (Pep) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles Results:(4) Babos/Fodor (Cal) def (16) Dickes/Kosakowski (Pep) 8-3
Henkel/Kusano (Cal) def Sebate/Dulgheru (Pep) 8-6
Ilcinkas/Daron Moore (Cal) def Anete Bandere/Jillian Braverman (Pep) 8-5

Order of Finish:
Doubles 1, 3, 2
Singles 1, 4, 6, 3, 5, 2