Lindsey Nelson Moves On; Set For NCAA Round of 16

May 24, 2007

ATHENS, GA. - USC junior Lindsey Nelson pounded out a strong straight-set victory in the NCAA Singles Round of 32 on Thursday, topping Miami's Audrey Banada 7-6, 6-4. In doing so, Nelson advances to the Round of 16, held Friday at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. There, Nelson will face Florida's Megan Alexander in the battle to move into the NCAA Singles Quarterfinals.

Having emerged victorious in a three-setter on Wednesday in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships, fourth-seeded Nelson (Villa Park, Calif./Villa Park HS) made relatively quick work of Miami's Audrey Banada. The pair battled to a tiebreaker in the first set, which Nelson finished off to take the first set advantage. In the second, Nelson worked ahead by a break and locked down the win with a 7-6, 6-4 decision. (Tiebreaker score unavailable).

#48 Banada was the third Miami opponent Nelson has faced this season. Nelson topped Miami's Laura Vallverdu early in the season during the fall's Riviera Classic, and was edged in three sets last week by top-seeded Audra Cohen during USC's Round of 16 dual match with the Hurricanes. There, Banada had beaten USC's Amanda Fink at the No. 3 singles slot to help lift Miami past the Trojans in the team competition. On Thursday, however, Nelson's winning effort extended the USC junior's season and boosted her overall singles mark to 28-7 as she continues her push to make back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Singles Championship match.

Round of 64
May 23, 2007 - Athens, Ga.
#5 (4) Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. #55 Anastasia Zhukova (Chattanooga) - 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
#36 Amanda Taylor (Vanderbilt) def. #11 (9-16) Sarah Fansler (USC) - 7-6 (5), 6-4

Round of 32
May 24, 2007 - Athens, Ga.
#5 (4) Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. #48 Audrey Banada (Miami) - 7-6*, 6-4
*tiebreaker score unavailable

Round of 16
May 24, 2007 - Athens, Ga.
#5 (4) Lindsey Nelson (USC) vs. #39 Megan Alexander (Florida)

(Number in parentheses indicates tournament seeding)


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