Women of Troy Drop A Close One To Top-Ranked Stanford, 4-3

April 8, 2005

LOS ANGELES - The third-ranked USC women's tennis fell to top-ranked Stanford, 4-3, with the position of controlling their own destiny at stake on Friday, April 8, at Marks Stadium. Freshmen Nicole Leimbach and Lindsey Nelson provided impressive victories in singles play for the Trojans.

With the loss, USC falls to 15-2 overall and 6-1 in conference play, while Stanford improves to 18-0, 5-0.

The match started with the Cardinal claiming a close doubles point. The Women of Troy's Nelson and Carine Vermeulen teamed up to beat Alice Barnes and Theresa Logar, 8-6 at court No. 2. Stanford though took the other two matches, including a close 9-7 victory by Whitney Deason and Lejla Hodzic over Anca Anastasiu and Taylynn Snyder at court No. 3, to secure doubles.

In singles, Stanford got out to a 2-0 lead with Hodzic's 6-0, 6-1 victory over Erin Everly at court No. 6. USC's Nelson, ranked 13th nationally, cut the margin to one and ran her singles record to 17-0 with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over the 29th-ranked Barnes. Stanford took the next two matches including Deason's 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 match-clincher over Dianne Matias at court four.

The Trojans ended the day well though with two strong victories of their own. 10th-ranked Leimbach upset ninth-ranked Amber Liu at center court, 0-6, 7-6, 6-3. Anastasiu then pulled off an upset of her own to close the match, defeating 45th-ranked Logar, 5-7, 7-6, 6-1 at court three.

The Trojans next take the court Saturday, April 9, at noon against 20th-ranked California at Marks Stadium. The match will be the last regular season match at home for the Women of Troy.

#1 Stanford 4, #3 USC 3

Doubles

1. #29 Liu/Yelsey (Stan) def. Matias/Leimbach (USC) 8-4

2. Vermeulen/Nelson (USC) def. Barnes/Logar (Stan) 8-6

3. Deason/Hodzic (Stan) def. Anastasiu/Snyder (USC) 9-7

Singles

1. #10 Nicole Leimbach (USC) def. #9 Amber Liu (Stan) 0-6, 7-6, 6-3

2. #13 Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. #29 Alice Barnes (Stan) 6-4, 6-1

3. # 108 Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. #45 Theresa Logar (Stan) 5-7, 7-6, 6-1

4. #51 Whitney Deason (Stan) def. Diane Matias (USC) 3-6, 6-2, 7-5*

5. #105 Anne Yelsey (Stan) def. Carine Vermeulen (USC) 6-2, 7-5

6. #38 Lejla Hodzic (Stan) def. Erin Everly (USC) 6-0, 6-1

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