Bears Split Weekend Series in Los Angeles

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The No. 8 Cal women's tennis team traveled to Los Angeles this weekend and suffered a 4-3 upset to USC before beating UCLA, 6-1.

Through it all, No. 22 senior Bojana Bobusic remained a consistent asset to the team, which was no surprise to coach Amanda Augustus.

"Bojana has really been working on not only leading on the court, but leading off of it too," Augustus said. "She is one of our team captains this year, so she is learning that when you become a senior everyone looks to you to set a good example. She has really embraced that and is doing a good job."

Bobusic was one of three Bears to win a singles match in a loss to the No. 10 Trojans last Friday at the David X. Marks Tennis Stadium.

But Cal (11-4, 2-1 in the Pac-10) didn't leave Southern California without making a statement, as Bobusic and the Bears defeated the No. 9 Bruins, 6-1, on Saturday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Bobusic clinched the match, defeating Nina Pantic at No. 4 singles, 6-4, 6-2.

"For me and for the other two seniors that we have, it felt pretty good to win considering we lost to UCLA last year at nationals," Bobusic said. "To be one of the people who knew what it felt like to lose last year and then to be able to clinch it today was just great."

The doubles point proved to be the toughest problem for Cal against USC (14-2, 2-0), as all three doubles pairs for the Bears lost to their opponents.

Meanwhile, Cal had motivation for revenge against the Bruins considering it lost to the them in last year's NCAA championship match, but it was going to take more than that.

They knew it would take a good start.

"The doubles point is such a key to going into singles," Bobusic said. "It helped us (against the Bruins) that we won the doubles point going into singles. We need to keep trying to win the doubles point, and if we do that I think we'll be pretty good."

Bobusic partnered up with freshman Stephany Chang for a 9-8 win against UCLA's Ashley Joelson and Maya Johansson at No. 3 doubles, giving the Bears the early 1-0 advantage.

"(Saturday) we had a full lineup back in for doubles for the first time in a long time," Augustus said. "The girls were bummed to have lost to USC, but they really turned it around (against UCLA)."

This was also the Bruins' last home conference match of the season, providing Cal with a little extra incentive.

"It was kind of ironic because UCLA had a weekend to honor their championship team from last year, and they also were honoring the first championship team from 1981 so they had a lot of alums watching," Augustus said. "We ruined their celebratory weekend a little bit."


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