Women of Troy Take Over Riviera/ITA All-American Tennis Championship

Oct. 4, 2006

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIF. -- The USC women's tennis team will be well represented in the main draw of the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Tennis Championships. The Trojans have three players competing in the singles main draw, led by 2006 NCAA finalist Lindsey Nelson. Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Amanda Fink will also kick off her sophomore campaign in the main draw along with senior teammate Dianne Matias. Nelson and Matias also earned themselves a slot in the doubles action with three wins to move on as a qualifier.

The only hurdle to pushing two doubles teams through to the main draw was the fact that Trojan duo Amanda Fink / Judy DeVera came up against their own teammates, Lindsey Nelson and Dianne Matias in the qualifying match of Wednesday's competition. Fink/DeVera had pushed through to earn a place in the qualifying draw, and went on to drop Michigan's Delicata/Keuhn 8-6 on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Nelson/Matias were powering through their first opponents, Schofield/Vuckovic of South Carolina, to the tune of an 8-0 sweep. Fink/DeVera also beat Georgia Tech's Miller/Silverio 8-1, while Nelson/Matias dropped Washington's Brymer/Ardies in a tight 9-8 (4) decision. That pitted the two Trojan pairs against one another for the right to move on to the main draw. In that match, Nelson/Matias beat out their teammates 8-3 for the qualifying spot. Their Thursday match-up is yet to be announced.

It will be a busy day for Nelson and Matias, who also join Fink in the main draw of the singles competition. Fink and Nelson each will face a qualifier from Wednesday's singles action, and Matias squares off against Georgia's Natalie Frazier on Thursday.

USC also had several players compete in the prequalifying and qualifying events at the Riviera/ITA All-American. Senior transfer Julie Smekodub went 1-1 in her prequalifying matches on Sept. 30. Senior Anca Anastasiu lost her first qualifying match, as did freshman Sarah Fansler on Oct. 3. Fansler and Smekodub also teamed up for doubles play in prequalifying on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, going 2-1 to just miss a spot in the qualifying round.

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