May 13, 2006
Story courtesy of Western Michigan University Athletic Media Relations
BERKELEY, Calif. (May 12) -- One of the greatest seasons in Western Michigan women's tennis history came to a close Friday as the Broncos lost to 11th-ranked California, 4-0, in first round action of the NCAA Tournament held at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
The Bears (17-7) claimed the doubles point, then captured the top three singles flights in straight sets to end the match. Suzi Babos recorded match point at No. 2 singles.
The Broncos (20-6) were on the verge of recording their first point -- Rattiay Hiranrat was within two games of closing out Marion Ravelojaona -- before the Bears clinched the fourth and deciding point. WMU trailed in the other two singles matches that were not completed.
"We faced a quality opponent in Cal today and I'm proud of the way we represented ourselves," said WMU head coach Betsy Kuhle. "Cal is a perennial Top 20 program and we competed well against them today."
WMU was making its third NCAA Tournament appearance, having also advanced to postseason play in 1999 and 2000. The Brown & Gold reached the 20-win plateau for the fifth time in school history in 2005 and saw its six losses all occur against ranked opponents.
No. 1 -- Zsuzsanna Foder (Cal) d. Malena Remynse (WMU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 -- Suzi Babos (Cal) d. Carrie Jeanmaire (WMU), 7-6, 6-2
No. 3 -- Stephanie Kusano (Cal) d. Reedhina Parekh (WMU), 6-2, 6-0
No. 4 -- Rattiay Hiranrat (WMU) led Marion Ravelojaona (Cal), 6-3, 4-2 (DNF)
No. 5 -- Cristina Visico (Cal) led Priyanka Parekh (WMU), 6-1, 5-4 (DNF)
No. 6 -- Claire Ilcinkas (Cal) led Kristen Paul (WMU), 6-3, 5-2 (DNF)
No. 1 -- Babos/Fodor (Cal) d. Remynse/Jeanmaire (WMU), 8-1
No. 2 -- Bojana Bobusic/Kusano (Cal) d. Reedhina Parekh/Paul (WMU), 8-4
No. 3 -- Ilcinkas/Ravelojaona (Cal) led Hiranrat/ Noriko Saruta (WMU), 6-5 (DNF)