USC's Lindsey Nelson Takes Control, Moves To NCAA Quarterfinals

May 25, 2007

ATHENS, GA. - In the third straight appearance of her Trojan career in the NCAA Singles Round of 16, USC junior Lindsey Nelson made no mistake about ensuring she would stay to play at least another day at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. Nelson reached the NCAA Singles Championships final match last year as a sophomore, and on Friday the fourth-seeded junior punched her ticket into the 2007 NCAA Quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Florida's Megan Alexander in the Round of 16. Nelson is now set to face Georgia's sixth seeded Kristi Miller in Saturday's quarterfinals.

A solid first set by the Trojan junior pushed her out to a 6-2 lead for the early advantage in the match. Alexander fought back and got up a break, then threatened to put Nelson farther behind in the second, up 15-40 with Nelson serving. Nelson stubbornly fought off the attack, however, tacking up the next four points to win the game and pull the score to 2-3. Nelson went on to dish out a break of her own against Alexander, locking up the set 3-3 as Nelson went back to the service line. That opportunity went awry, however, as Alexander managed to hold off Nelson and break her to go up 4-3. After deuce in Alexander's service game and losing the advantage, Nelson dished up a pair of winners to earn the advantage, then grabbed another break to lock things up 4-4. Nelson got it done at the service line next. She whipped ahead 40-0 before conceding a point, then finished off the game to take a 5-4 lead in the set. Pretty soon, Nelson was within reach of match point, and the junior jumped on the opportunity, dispatching Alexander with a 6-2, 6-4 win that launches Nelson into the NCAA Singles Quarterfinals.

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 25, 2007 - Athens, Ga.
#5 (4) Lindsey Nelson (USC) vs. #39 Megan Alexander (Florida) - 6-2, 6-4

May 26, 2007 - Athens, Ga.
#5 (4) Lindsey Nelson (USC) vs. (6) #6 Kristi Miller (Georgia)

(Number in parentheses indicates tournament seeding)

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