No. 4 USC Back On Track With 5-2 Win Over No. 17 Arizona State

Feb. 24, 2006

TEMPE, ARIZ. -- The fourth-ranked USC women's tennis team posted an important 5-2 win on the road over Pac-10 foe Arizona State, which is ranked No. 17 in the nation. The Sun Devils were undefeated with six straight wins until the Trojans dealt them Friday's loss. USC improves to 6-1 with the win.

For the first time this season, USC did not win the doubles point in the match, as Dianne Matias / Carine Vermeulen were the only Trojan pair to post a doubles victory. But the Women of Troy pounded out four two-set victories to claim the match win. Carine Vermeulen started the winning turnaround for the Trojans with a 6-3, 6-0 in over Jessica Lietch at No. 5 singles. Lindsey Nelson -- ranked #90 in the latest ITA rankings -- took care of business at the No. 1 position with a 6-1, 6-4 win over #65 Sabrina Cappanolo, and then top-ranked Amanda Fink cleared out a 6-0, 7-5 victory at the No. 2 slot to give the Trojans a 3-1 edge in the match. #48 Luana Magnani kept her singles winning streak alive with a dominating 6-1, 6-4 win over #50 Rebecca Rankin. The victory marked Magnani's sixth straight win at the No. 4 position in dual matches and also locked away the match win for the Women of Troy.

USC next faces No. 45 Arizona at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 25) in Tucson, Ariz.

#4 USC 5, #17 Arizona State 2

DOUBLES
(1) #22 Pooler/Clarke (ASU) def. #24 Nelson/Magnani (USC) -- 8-4
(2) Matias/Vermeulen (USC) def. Capannolo/Leitch (ASU) -- 8-1
(3) Rankin/Abdala (ASU) def. DeVera/Fink (USC) -- 8-2
ASU wins doubles point

SINGLES
(1) #90 Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. #65 Sabrina Capannolo (ASU) 6-1, 6-4
(2) #1 Amanda Fink (USC) def. #93 Kady Pooler (ASU) 6-0, 7-5
(3) Roxanne Clarke (ASU) def. #23 Dianne Matias (USC) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
(4) #48 Luana Magnani (USC) def. #50 Rebecca Rankin (ASU) 6-1, 6-4
(5) Carine Vermeulen (USC) def. Jessica Leitch (ASU) 6-3, 6-0
(6) Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Laila Abdala (ASU) 7-6 (6-4), 3-2, retired
Order of finish: 5, 1, 2, 4*, 6, 3

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