Andersson and Juricova Claim NCAA Doubles Championship Crown
The No. 7-ranked California women’s tennis doubles team becomes the fifth Golden Bear tandem to win the title
Courtesy: Cal Athletics
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 7-ranked California women’s tennis doubles team of sophomore Mari Andersson and freshman Jana Juricova defeated the No. 8-ranked Stanford duo of Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette, 6-3, 6-4, in the title match of the 2009 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Doubles Championship on Monday (May 25) at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The Golden Bear tandem becomes the fifth Cal doubles team to win the crown and the first since 2003 NCAA champions Raquel Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano. Cal’s other titles came when head coach Amanda Augustus teamed up with Amy Jensen to win back-to-back championships in 1998 and 1999; and when Jensen teamed with Claire Curran for her third title in 2000.
Cal went ahead quickly in the final game as Andersson slammed Burdette’s lobbed return of a Juricova serve to take a 15-love advantage. The Bears took a 30-love lead as Andersson tapped a Barte lob off to the side. The Cardinal got on the board when Juricova double-faulted but the Bears claimed double-championship point when Juricova’s powerful forehand forced Burdette’s return to hit the net. Stanford fought back to earn deuce, however, as Barte took a point with a backhand volley before Andersson sent one of her shots long. The Bears took the first advantage when a Burdette volley went out before Juricova blasted a ball between Barte and Burdette to sew up the championship trophy for Cal.
Juricova set the Bears off to an auspicious start as she put in three service aces to give Cal the 1-0 lead but Burdette responded in kind as she earned several aces of her own on the way to knotting the first set at one-all. The Bears claimed the first break of the match on Barte’s serve as Andersson took advantage of the third break-point opportunity by hitting a crosscourt backhand out of Burdette’s reach for the point and a 3-1 lead. The lead didn’t last long, however, as the Cardinal broke back against Juricova to get back on serve heading into the sixth game. Cal went up a break once again as Juricova’s forehand volley forced Barte’s return to go into the net as the Bears broke Burdette’s serve. Andersson held serve next as Cal took a 5-2 lead when Burdette’s shot went wide.
Stanford fought off two set points on Barte’s serve to win its third game, now down 5-3 in the count. The Cardinal took the first point of the ninth game but the Bears came back with two straight winners to go up 30-15. Stanford took one more point for a 30-all tie before Juricova went crosscourt on a backhand to earn set point on her serve. Juricova’s next offering forced Barte to lob a return high into the sky which Juricova sent down the sideline in a blur to seal the first set for the Bears, 6-3.
In the second set, Burdette’s serving once again gave Stanford its first game. In game two, Juricova fought off two break points on her serve as the Bears took the advantage on the fourth deuce point to even things at one-game all. Barte held her serve next to pull up a 2-1 Cardinal lead. Andersson held up in the next game to earn a two-all tie as her serve forced Barte’s return into the tape. The Bears took the first break of the second set as they broke Burdette’s serve to go up 3-2. Cal took a 4-2 advantage after the sixth game as an Andersson shot forced a Burdette volley to go out of bounds, but Stanford fought back to get a game back on Barte’s serve.
In the eighth game, Juricova poached a shot off the return of an Andersson serve to set Cal up with game-point but Stanford fought back with two straight points to force deuce. The Cardinal fought off three more game-point rallies to break the Andersson serve and draw a four-all tie. The Bears seized a double-break-point opportunity on Burdette’s serve in the ninth game and went up, 5-4, when Juricova slammed a soft lob past Barte’s racquet for the winning point.
Andersson and Juricova complete their first seasons with the Bears with a 25-3 doubles record together and claimed the NCAA title by winning their seventh consecutive match. The duo posted a perfect 8-0 record in tournament matches. Individually, Andersson finishes with a 25-5 doubles record while Juricova takes home a team-high 39-7 doubles mark. Barte and Burdette complete the year with a 27-8 overall record this year.
2009 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Doubles Championship
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center | College Station, Texas
Round of 32 | Thursday, May 21
No. 7 Mari Andersson/Jana Juricova (CAL) def. No. 12 Whitney Chappell/Alex Haney (AUB) 7-6(5), 6-3
Round of 16 | Friday, May 22
No. 7 Mari Andersson/Jana Juricova (CAL) def. No. 19 Michaela Kissell/Laura Vallverdu (MIA) 7-5, 6-4
Quarterfinal | Saturday, May 23
No. 7 Mari Andersson/Jana Juricova (CAL) def. No. 1 Renata Kucerkova/Anastasia Petukhova (FSU) 7-6(1), 6-3
Semifinal | Sunday, May 24
No. 7 Mari Andersson/Jana Juricova (CAL) def. No. 13 Csilla Borsanyi/Lenka Broosova (BAY) 6-4, 6-3
Final | Monday, May 25
No. 7 Mari Andersson/Jana Juricova (CAL) def. No. 8 Hilary Barte/Lindsay Burdette (STAN) 6-3, 6-4