Lindsey Nelson Advances To Pac-10 Singles Semifinal

April 27, 2007

OJAI, CALIF. -- The USC men's and women's tennis teams still have strong representation across the board at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships after a solid showing during quarterfinal action on Friday in Ojai, Calif. Junior Lindsey Nelson kept up her trend of straight-set singles wins as she moves in Saturday's 11 a.m. semifinal against Stanford's Teresa Logar. in doubles play, USC has a men's and a women's pair representing in the 3:30 p.m. semifinals of the main tournament draw. With Friday victories, Robert Farah / Kaes Van't Hof pushed through to a semifinal bout with UCLA's Gruendler/Kohlloeffel, and Judy DeVera / Amanda Fink punched their ticket into a semifinal match against UCLA's Schnack/Zalameda.

#9 Lindsey Nelson powered through her quarterfinal match with Cal's #23 Nina Henkel as she posted a 6-3, 7-5 victory. On the other side of the bracket in quarterfinal play, USC freshman #10 Sarah Fansler came up short of Stanford's #14 Celia Durkin in a 6-4, 7-5 defeat that closes down the freshman's Pac-10 singles run. Later in the afternoon in women's action, Judy DeVera / Amanda Fink drilled #3 Babos/Fodor of Cal to the tune of an 8-4 doubles quarterfinal victory that propels the Trojan pair into tomorrow's semifinals.

On the men's end of the tournament play, both #51 Dejan Cvetkovic and #67 Kaes Van't Hof were upended in quarterfinal competition. Cvetkovic fell 6-3, 7-6 (4) to #91 Juan Carlos Rebaza of ASU, while Van't Hof lost 7-6, 6-3 to Stanford's Matt Bruch in his quarterfinal match. Van't Hof got some redemption later on in the day, however, as he moved into doubles action with partner Robert Farah. In the doubles quarters, Farah/Van't Hof dropped Cal's #59 Chizevar/Heavey with a solid 8-3 win to earn a semifinal shot at #10 Gruendler/Kohlloeffel of UCLA on Saturday.

On the invitational side of things, it will be an all-Trojan men's singles semi as freshman Jason McNaughton clashes with senior Garrett Snyder tomorrow in a 9:30 a.m. match. McNaughton pushed past Dave Ryan 6-4, 6-1 for his trip to the semifinals. Meanwhile, Snyder felled Washington's Michael Ricks 6-4, 7-6 in his quarterfinal match. On the other side of the invitational bracket, Adam Loucks lost 6-2, 7-5 to Cal's Daniel Sebescan. In men's doubles, the Trojans slipped in the quarters as Loucks/McNaughton lost 8-6 to Stanford's McKean/Ryan, and Livingston/Snyder withdrew from their match with Eklov/Zeller.

The Women of Troy will see senior Julie Smekodub move on to the invitational semis after a 6-4, 1-0 ret. win over UCLA's Alex McGoodwin in today's quarters. Tomorrow, Smekodub will face Stanford's Lejla Hodzic, who topped USC's Judy DeVera in a three-set battle 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Also playing in invitational doubles on Friday, Smekodub and partner Fansler retired from their quarterfinal match at 3-2 against WSU's Opata/Selaru.

That leaves USC appearing in five different semifinal matches on Saturday. Overall results and upcoming matches are listed below:

SINGLES COMPETITION

Women's Tournament Singles Results
Anca Anastasiu
Round of 32: def. Tracy Lin (UCLA) - 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
Round of 16: def. #20 Jessica Nguyen (STAN) - w/o
Quarterfinals: vs. #4 Susie Babos (CAL) - 11:30 a.m. Friday

#10 Sarah Fansler
Round of 32: def. Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) - 7-5, 6-2
Round of 16: def. #67 Sabrina Capannolo (ASU) - 7-5, 6-2
Quarterfinals: lost to #14 Celia Durkin (STAN) - 6-4, 7-5

#73 Amanda Fink
Round of 32: def. Marjolein Van de Ven (WSU) - 6-1, 6-0
Round of 16: lost to #4 Susie Babos (CAL) - 1-6, 6-4, 6-3

#9 Lindsey Nelson
Round of 32: def. Carmen Seremeta (ORE) - 6-2, 6-2
Round of 16: def. #78 Juliette Mavroleon (ARIZ) - 6-4, 6-2
Quarterfinals: def. #23 Nina Henkel (CAL) - 6-3, 7-5
Semifinals: vs. #12 Teresa Logar (STAN) - 11 a.m. Saturday

Women's Invitational Draw Singles Results
Katja Decker-Sadowski
Round of 32: lost to Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) - 6-4, 6-2

Judy DeVera
Round of 32: def. Daron Moore (CAL) - 6-1, 6-1
Round of 16: def. Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA) - 6-2, 6-2
Quarterfinals: lost to Leijla Hodzic (STAN) - 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

Julie Smekodub
Round of 32: def. Becky Duesler (UCLA) - 6-0, 6-1
Round of 16: def. Allison Rainey (WASH) - 6-1, 6-3
Quarterfinals: def. Alex McGoodwin (UCLA) - 6-4, 1-0 ret.
Semifinals: vs. Lejla Hodzic (STAN) - 11 a.m. Saturday

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Men's Tournament Singles Results
#51 Dejan Cvetkovic
Round of 32: def. Geoff Embry (ORE) - 6-2, 6-2
Round of 16: def. Tyler Browne (CAL) - 6-4, 7-6 (4)
Quarterfinals: lost to #91 Juan Carlos Rebaza (ASU) - 6-3, 7-6 (4)

Robert Farah
Round of 32: def. Ravid Hazi (ARIZ) - 6-2, 6-3
Round of 16: lost to #30 Pierre Mouillon (CAL) - 6-4, 6-4

Gary Sacks
Round of 32: def. Richard Wire (STAN) - 6-1, 6-2
Round of 16: lost to Eoin Heavey (CAL) - 6-4, 6-3

#67 Kaes Van't Hof
Round of 32: def. Ken Nakahara (CAL) - 6-4, 6-3
Round of 16: def. Philipp Gruendler (UCLA) - 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Quarterfinals: lost to Matt Bruch (STAN) - 7-6, 6-3

Men's Invitational Draw Singles Results
Whit Livingston
Round of 32: lost to Eric Pickard (ORE) - 7-6 (6), 6-3

Adam Loucks
Round of 32: def. Hugh McDonald (ORE) - 6-2, 6-1
Round of 16: def. Paul Morrissey (STAN) - 7-6 (6), 6-3
Quarterfinals: lost to Daniel Sebescan (CAL) - 6-2, 7-5

Jason McNaughton
Round of 32: bye
Round of 16: def. Andy Gerst (WASH) - 6-4, 6-3
Quarterfinals: def. Dave Ryan (STAN) - 6-4, 6-1
Semifinals: vs. Garrett Snyder (USC) - 9:30 a.m. Saturday

Garrett Snyder
Round of 32: def. Stephen Wiechert (ORE) - 6-2, 6-1
Round of 16: def. Murilo Souza (ASU) - 6-2, 2-1 ret.
Quarterfinals: def. Michael Ricks (WASH) - 6-4, 7-6
Semifinals: vs. Jason McNaughton (USC) - 9:30 a.m. Saturday

DOUBLES RESULTS

Women's Tournament Doubles
Judy DeVera / Amanda Fink
Round of 16: def. Burduli/Van de Ven (WSU) - 8-2
Quarterfinals: def. #3 Babos/Fodor (CAL) - 8-4
Semifinals: vs. Schnack/Zalameda (UCLA) - 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Dianne Matias / Lindsey Nelson
Round of 16: lost to #38 Lumpkin/Wetmore (UCLA) - 8-6

Women's Invitational Draw Doubles
Sarah Fansler / Julie Smekodub
Round of 16: bye
Quarterfinals: lost to Opata/Selaru (WSU) - 3-2 ret. (inj)

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Men's Tournament Doubles
Robert Farah / Kaes Van't Hof
Round of 16: def. Hegarty/Rebaza (ASU) - 8-4
Quarterfinals: def. #59 Chizever/Heavey (CAL) - 8-3
Semifinals: vs. #10 Gruendler/Kohlloeffel (UCLA) - 3:30 p.m. Saturday

#60 Dejan Cvetkovic / Gary Sacks
Round of 16: lost to Gallardo/Verdasco (ORE) - 9-7

Men's Invitational Draw Doubles
Adam Loucks / Jason McNaughton
Round of 16: def. McDonald/Pino (ORE) - 8-4
Quarterfinals: lost to McKean/Ryan (STAN) - 8-6

Whit Livingston / Garrett Snyder
Round of 16: bye
Quarterfinals: lost to Eklov/Zeller (STAN) - w/o (inj)

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