No. 8 USC Tops No. 19 Pepperdine 5-2

Feb. 23, 2007

MAILBU, CALIF. -- The No. 8 USC women's tennis team recovered from a pair of losses last week with a strong 5-2 win over No. 19 Pepperdine on Friday in Malibu, Calif. USC improves to 6-2 on the season with the win -- the Trojans' second over the Waves this year.

The Trojans grabbed the doubles point behind 8-4 victories from Lindsey Nelson / Julie Smekodub at the No. 1 position and from Judy DeVera / Amanda Fink at the No. 2 slot. That victory keeps the powerful #31 DeVera/Fink duo undefeated in dual match doubles action, with a 7-0 mark. #24 Sarah Fansler / Dianne Matias lost their No. 3 doubles match with an 8-4 defeat to Dickes/Banderes.

With the doubles point in hand, USC proceeded to notch a clear win with four singles wins. Lindsey Nelson claimed her No. 1 singles win with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Bianca Dulgheru, marking some revenge after falling 6-4, 6-2 in their last dual match singles meeting, while Fink also posted a win at No. 3, 6-4, 6-2. Anca Anastasiu and Julie Smekodub each also pinned up singles wins at the No. 5 and 6 slots, respectively, to help carry the Trojans to victory. Fansler got stuck with her first dual match singles loss after her No. 2 match went to a 10-game pro-set after the overall match had already been decided. #85 Sylvia Kosakowski topped Fansler for a 5-7, 7-3, 10-5 win that got Pepperdine its second point of the match.

USC next travels to Washington State and Washington for matches on March 2 and 3 to open up Pac-10 action.

#8 USC 5, #19 Pepperdine 2

DOUBLES
(1) Nelson/Smekodub (USC) def. Kosakowski/ Raba (PEP) -- 8-4
(2) #31 DeVera/Fink (USC) def. Dulgheru/Sabate (PEP) -- 8-4
(3) Dickes/Bandere (PEP) def. #24 Fansler/Matias (USC) -- 8-4
USC wins doubles point.

SINGLES
(1) #17 Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. Bianca Dulgheru (PEP) -- 6-1, 6-3
(2) #85 Sylvia Kosakowski (PEP) def. #13 Sarah Fansler (USC) -- 5-7, 6-3, 10-5
(3) #97 Amanda Fink (USC) def. Sabate (PEP) -- 6-2, 6-4
(4) Raba (PEP) def. #72 Dianne Matias (USC) -- 6-4, 6-2
(5) #64 Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Rice (PEP) -- 6-2, 6-4
(6) Julie Smekodub (USC) def. Braverman (PEP) -- 3-6, 6-4, 10-8

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