Skies Clear, No. 4 USC Women Claim 5-1 Win Over No. 13 Cal

April 9, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. -- The No. 4 USC women's tennis team didn't let a day's rain delay put a damper on their momentum in this weekend's Pac-10 clash with No. 13 California. The Women of Troy were leading 2-0 on Friday before rains washed away the rest of that day's competition, but when play resumed on Sunday the Trojans stayed in control for a 5-1 win. USC improves to 14-3 overall and 5-1 in Pac-10 action with the victory.

The teams opted not to play doubles in order to make sure that singles play was completed while skies were clear. On Friday, USC's #49 Luana Magnani defeated Stephanie Kusano 7-5, 6-0, and Carine Vermeulen outlasted Jessica Shu on court six 6-2, 7-6 to put USC ahead 2-0. The four other singles matches still underway were held, and resumed on Sunday. #51 Lindsey Nelson had come into Sunday's action with split sets against Cal's #10 Suzi Fodor, and Fodor pulled out the Bears' lone win of the day with a 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3 decision.

USC's #28 Dianne Matias had just a second-set tiebreaker remaining to play against Cristina Visico, and Matias ended up pulling out the win with an 8-6 tiebreaker that ended the 6-1, 7-6 win for Matias. Meanwhile, #7 Amanda Fink and Anca Anastasiu both had comeback attempts to make on Sunday. Both got it done. Fink overcame a first-set loss to win her No. 2 singles match 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 over #27 Suzi Babos. Anastasiu kept her flawless dual match singles record intact by mounting a comeback from the No. 5 slot with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 win. Anastasiu had trailed 0-2 in the second set entering Sunday's competition, leaving her to plow out six unanswered games to get the second-set victory.

USC next faces Oregon at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday (April 15) in a Pac-10 match.

#4 USC 5, #13 California 1

(1) #10 Suzi Fodor (Cal) def. #51 Lindsey Nelson (USC) -- 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3
(2) #7 Amanda Fink (USC) def. #27 Suzi Babos (Cal) -- 6-7, 6-4, 6-2
(3) #49 Luana Magnani (USC) def. Stephanie Kusano (Cal) -- 7-5, 6-0
(4) #28 Dianne Magnani (USC) def. Cristinia Visico (Cal) -- 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)
(5) Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Claire Ilcinkas (Cal) -- 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
(6) Carine Vermeulen (USC) def. Jessica Shu (Cal) -- 6-2, 7-6 (5)

Doubles matches were not played

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