No. 11 USC Women Power Past No. 41 Texas 6-1
March 14, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 11 USC women's tennis team tallied its 10th dual match victory of the year with a strong 6-1 decision over visiting No. 41 Texas on Wednesday afternoon at Marks Stadium. After a clean sweep of doubles play, USC pinned up four two-set singles wins to lock away the match for the Women of Troy. USC improves to 10-2 overall with the win.
In doubles play, Anca Anastasiu and Dianne Matias teamed up for just the third time this year, and the senior duo tacked up their third straight win together with an 8-1 decision over Davison/Lancaster at the No. 3 position. That win was followed almost second later by an identical 8-1 win at No. 1 by Lindsey Nelson / Julie Smekodub over UT's Dizdar/Olson to clinch the doubles point. USC's #37 duo Judy DeVera / Amanda Fink were pushed to the brink, but managed to keep their winning streak intact, nabbing their 11th straight victory with an 8-7 (6) win at No. 2 over Corovic/Milic.
The winning trend continued into singles play, as Judy DeVera put away Marija Milic 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 6 position for a 2-0 USC advantage. Anca Anastasiu settled into control of her second set as well, beating Stephanie Davison 7-5, 6-1 at No. 3 for a 3-0 lead. Sophomore Amanda Fink found a groove in her No. 2 match also, outlasting Petra Dizdar in the first-set tiebreaker and then rolling to a final of 7-6 (4), 6-1 to clinch the win for USC with a 4-0 lead in the match.
#13 Lindsey Nelson made it 5-0 with a 7-5, 7-6 (5) victory over #53 Vanja Corovic at the No. 1 position, marking the junior's fifth straight singles win. Playing at No. 5 for the first time this year, Julie Smekodub was dealt her first dual match loss of the season with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 loss to Ristine Olson, snapping a six-match win streak by the Trojan senior. With the match already decided, #91 Dianne Matias had her No. 4 singles match end up going into a third-set tibreaker. Matias won out with a final of 6-7 (4), 6-2, 10-4 to claim a victory that snapped a four-game losing slump for the senior.
USC now turns to face Arizona State and Arizona in a pair of Pac-10 home matches. The Trojans host the Sun Devils at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (March 16) and then host the Wildcats at noon on Saturday (March 17).
#11 USC 6, #41 Texas 1
(1) Nelson/Smekodub (USC) def. Dizdar/Olson (UT) - 8-1
(2) #37 DeVera/Fink (USC) vs. Corovic/Milic (UT) - 8-7 (6)
(3) Anastasiu/Matias (USC) def. Davison/Lancaster (UT) - 8-1
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
(1) #13 Lindsey Nelson (USC) def.#53 Vanja Corovic (UT) - 7-5, 7-6 (5)
(2) Amanda Fink (USC) def. Petra Dizdar (UT) - 7-6 (4), 6-1
(3) Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Stephanie Davison (UT) - 7-5, 6-1
(4) #91 Dianne Matias (USC) def. Sarah Lancaster (UT) - 6-7 (4), 6-2, 10-4
(5) Ristine Olson (UT) def. Julie Smekodub (USC) - 5-7, 6-1, 6-3
(6) Judy DeVera (USC) def. Marija Milic (UT) - 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 3, 2*, 1, 5, 4