Second-Ranked USC Women Earn No. 3 Seed Into NCAA Tennis Championships

May 3, 2006

The second-ranked USC women's tennis team will begin its quest for a seventh national team title from the Trojans' home courts. The Women of Troy received the No. 3 seed into the 2006 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships and will host three other teams for first- and second-round competition from May 12-17 at Marks Stadium. In the first round on Friday (May 12), New Mexico will face Long Beach State at 11 a.m., followed by USC's match against Army at 2 p.m. The winners will clash in the second round at 2 p.m. on Saturday (May 13).

The Women of Troy are coming off a 17-3 regular season where they finished second in the Pac-10 behind undefeated defending conference and NCAA champion Stanford. At the recent Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., USC had two players reach the semifinals of singles competition -- sophomore Lindsey Nelson and freshman Amanda Fink. Fink made her mark on the conference by working her way into the title match, where she fell to California's Suzi Babos. The Trojans boast six ranked players and three ranked doubles duos on the way into the NCAA Championships. Fink sits on top as the #9 ranked player in the nation. Nelson ranks #18 ahead of teammates #29 Dianne Matias, #48 Luana Magnani, #61 Anca Anastasiu and #104 Carine Vermeulen. On the doubles side of the coin, Magnani/Nelson are ranked #19, Matias/Vermeulen at #29 and Anastasiu/Judy DeVera are #55.

This will be USC's 22nd trip overall to the NCAA Tournament and 15th straight appearance in NCAA action. The Trojans are 45-21 all-time in NCAA Tournament play and have won six team titles (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983 and 1985).

Stanford is the host of the rest of the NCAA Championship action, where the second-round winners will meet in Palo Alto, Calif. from May 19-26.

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