Cougars Downed by No. 8 USC, 7-0

March 2, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's tennis team (0-3 Pac-10, 8-5 overall) dropped a 7-0 decision to visiting Southern California, nationally-ranked eighth, Friday afternoon at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

The Women of Troy (1-0 Pac-10, 7-2 overall) jumped out to a 1-0 lead after sweeping the 56th ranked Cougars in doubles action. Anca Anastasiu and Sarah Fansler started the USC sweep after they slipped by Aleksandra Cekic and Aleksandra Stefanova, 8-2 in the No. 2 slot. Lindsey Nelson and teammate Julie Smekodub secured the doubles point at the No. 1 slot after their 8-2 defeat against Ekaterina Burduli and Marjolein van de Ven.

In singles play, WSU dropped the No. 1 position as Nelson took down Burduli, 6-2, 6-0, giving the Women of Troy a 2-0 advantage. Fansler increased the USC lead to three after a straight-set defeat against Amy Toth, 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 2 slot. USC captured the straight-set victory in the No. 4 position solidifying the victory with Anastasiu's 6-1, 6-4 win over Cekic.

USC increased its margin of victory in the remaining slots to complete the sweep. Fink topped van de Ven in straight-sets, 6-4, 6-3 and Smekodub got the best of Ashley Spicer, 6-3, 6-1. Judy DeVera capped off the perfect match for the Trojans with a 7-6, 6-0 victory.

The Cougars return to action against the 15th ranked UCLA Bruins, Saturday March 3 at noon at Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

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