Women's Tennis Beats California, 5-2

Feb. 25, 2005

BERKELEY - The No. 12 USC women's tennis team defeated No. 17 California, 5-2, Friday, Feb. 25, in Berkeley, Calif. The Trojans', 17th-ranked, Lindsey Nelson won her match to improve her undefeated record to 6-0.

With the win, the Women of Troy remain perfect at 6-0, while the Golden Bears' record falls to 4-2.

The match began with the Trojans picking up the doubles point, sweeping all three doubles matches. USC's Nicole Leimbach and Carine Vermeulen defeated Cal's Suzi Babos and Marion Ravelojaona, 8-4, at center court. The Trojans' Nelson and Anca Anastasiu followed suit with a victory over the Golden Bear's Stephanie Kusano and Jessica Shu, 8-4, at court No. 2. The Women of Troy's Dianne Matias and Judy DeVera closed out doubles with a, 8-0, victory over California's Monica Wiesener and Cristina Visico, at court No. 3.

In singles play, USC came away with four victories. Freshman, and 17th-ranked, Nelson won her match over Cal's Wiesener, 6-2, 6-3, at court No. 2. The Trojans' Anastasiu defeated the Giolden Bears' Ravelojaona, 6-3, 6-4. Dianne Mattias, of USC, also won her match over Cal's Kusano, 6-2, 6-3. Carine Vermeulen picked up the final victory for the Women of Troy with a, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Visico. California did due its damage though causing USC's, ninth-ranked, Leimbach to drop her first match of the season to Cal's, seventh-ranked Babos, 7-6, 1-6, (10-8), at court No. 1.

The Trojans will play the top-ranked Stanford Cardinal Saturday, Feb. 26, at noon in Palo Alto, Calif.

#12 USC 5, #30 California 2

Doubles

1. (USC) Leimach / Vermeulen d. (Cal) Babos / Ravelojaona, 8-4

2. (USC) Nelson / Anastasiu d. (Cal) Kusano / Shu, 8-4

3. (USC) Matias / DeVera d. (Cal) Wiesener / Visico, 8-0

Singles

1. (Cal) Babos d. (USC) Leimbach, 7-6; 1-6 (10-8)

2. (USC) Nelson d. (Cal) Wiesener, 6-2; 6-3

3. (USC) Anastasiu d. (Cal) Ravelojaona, 6-3; 6-4

4. (USC) Matias d. (Cal) Kusano, 6-2; 6-3

5. (USC) Vermeulen d. (Cal) Visico, 6-2; 6-3

6. (Cal) Shu d. (USC) Devera, 6-2; 6-3

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