Cal's Juricova, Andersson Net Doubles Crown In Final Tune Up

Photo: Junior Jana Juricova, the No. 1 singles player in the country, teamed with senior Mari Andersson to form the tournament-winning duo in the Cal Winter Invitational yesterday.
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Junior Jana Juricova, the No. 1 singles player in the country, teamed with senior Mari Andersson to form the tournament-winning duo in the Cal Winter Invitational yesterday.

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The Cal Winter Invitational can be thought of as the Welcome Week for the Cal women's tennis team - wedged in between the calm December offseason and the grind of the dual season in the spring, it is a time for practice without the pressure of record books or Pac-10 standings.

However, the Bears' No. 5 doubles team of Jana Juricova and Mari Andersson still played as if it were in a regular season match, taking home the doubles champion crown.

Cal secured victories in at least two out of four doubles matches and four out of seven singles matches each day of the weekend tournament at Hellman Tennis Complex - a dominance that was highlighted by the performances of Juricova and Andersson.

On Friday, the duo eked out a 9-7 victory over Catherine Isip and Alexandra Poorta from St. Mary's after overcoming a 6-3 deficit.

Juricova and Andersson's win on Saturday against Cal Poly was much more emphatic.

After the tandem racked up a 7-2 lead with a combination of smart shot selection and powerful forehands, Juricova punctuated the winning point with two straight aces that whizzed between the Mustangs' Alexa Lee and Amy Markhoff.

On Sunday, Juricova and Andersson defeated the Bulldogs' Laura Pola and Marianne Jodoin, 8-4, to become the doubles champions.

The Bears' top duo didn't just deliver on the doubles court, either.

By sweeping all but two matches in singles play, Andersson and No. 1 Juricova had a hand in four of the 12 singles matches the Bears won.

"This is just like practice matches to get us into good form and see where we are," Juricova said. "We want to be ready for the NCAAs, so I think we'll look to improve with every match. I think this weekend helped us with that."

The talent throughout Cal's lineup was on display on the lower courts as well.

Tayler Davis had an impressive tournament, posting a team-high 17th singles victory this season on Saturday. Fellow sophomore Annie Goransson never dropped a set in each of her three singles matches, tying Davis for the team lead on Sunday.

Like Andersson and Juricova, the doubles team of Goransson and Davis swept all of its matches.

Although the newly formed duo of freshman Alice Duranteau and junior Stephany Chang was unable to notch a doubles win, Duranteau had more success in singles play.

The French native earned her first two collegiate victories against Fresno State's Bianca Modoc and St. Mary's Anna Chkhikvishvili .

"I'm definitely very happy with what I see out of the younger players," coach Amanda Augustus said. "I was really impressed with Alice ... Obviously she's got a lot on her plate, adjusting to school and life here in Berkeley."


Catherine Nguyen covers women's tennis. Contact her at [email protected]

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