No. 1 Stanford Downs No. 7 USC 4-3 For SoCal Sweep
April 14, 2007
STANFORD, Calif.- One day after Anne Yelsey broke a 3-3 tie with a straight-set victory, Whitney Deason's 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 win at the No. 4 spot lifted No.1 Stanford to a thrilling 4-3 triumph over No. 7 USC on Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles.
Saturday's victory completes a crucial road sweep of Pac-10 contenders No. 7 USC and No. 13 UCLA, which Stanford edged 4-3 yesterday.
The Cardinal, which now stands at 19-1 overall and 7-0 in the Pac-10, can capture the Pac-10 championship outright with a victory at California next week. USC (17-3, 6-1 Pac-10) must defeat UCLA next weekend and hope for a Stanford loss in order to share the conference title.
Stanford has now won 16 straight matches since suffering its only loss of the year back on Feb. 3 in the form of a 4-3 defeat to Georgia Tech. This weekend's Southern California sweep against a pair of top-15 opponents represented the most challenging week of the schedule.
For the sixth straight contest, Stanford won the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead into singles play. USC opened the doubles competition with a win at the No. 2 spot, only to see Stanford's top tandem of Lindsay Burdette and Anne Yelsey register an 8-5 victory.
The Cardinal's No. 3 team of Deason and Theresa Logar, which has posted a team-best 15-5 record despite being unranked all year, won its sixth match in a row with a 9-7 clincher over USC's Sarah Fansler and Dianne Matias.
USC's Amanda Fink upset Celia Durkin 6-2, 7-5 at the No. 3 spot to begin singles, tying the score at 1-1.
Seniors Logar and Yelsey provided the Cardinal with a pair of straight-set victories at the Nos. 1 and 2 spots, with Logar defeating Lindsey Nelson 6-4, 6-4 and Yelsey besting Fansler 7-6 (6), 6-2.
USC responded with two more wins at the bottom of the singles lineup, including Matias' 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory over Burdette at No. 5 that represented just the second loss in 18 matches for the Cardinal freshman.
Knotted at 3-3, Deason rallied for a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory over USC's Anca Anastasiu at the No. 4 spot to clinch the match.
Stanford travels to Berkeley for its regular season finale against California on Saturday, Apr. 21. The match is slated for noon.
No. 1 Stanford 4, No. 7 USC 3
1) No. 24 Burdette/Yelsey (STAN) d. Nelson/Smekodub (USC) 8-5
2) No. 53 DeVera/Fink (USC) d. Hodzic/Nguyen (STAN) 8-3
3) Deason/Logar (STAN) d. No. 43 Fansler/Matias (USC) 9-7
1) No. 16 Theresa Logar (STAN) d. No. 12 Lindsey Nelson (USC) 6-4, 6-4
2) No. 21 Anne Yelsey (STAN) d. No. 10 Sarah Fansler (USC) 7-6 (6), 6-2
3) Amanda Fink (USC) d. No. 9 Celia Durkin (STAN) 6-2, 7-5
4) No. 76 Whitney Deason (STAN) d. Anca Anastasiu (USC) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
5) No. 97 Dianne Matias (USC) d. No. 73 Lindsay Burdette (STAN) 7-6 (3), 6-4
6) Judy DeVera (USC) d. Lejla Hodzic (STAN) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2