Lindsey Nelson Cruises Into NCAA Semis

May 26, 2007

ATHENS, GA. - With her third consecutive straight-set win, USC junior Lindsey Nelson has punched her ticket to the NCAA Singles Semifinals, having dispatched sixth-seeded Kristi Miller of Georgia Tech 6-3, 6-3 in Saturday's quarterfinals at Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. With the win, Nelson advances to a semifinal clash with LSU's No. 2 seed Megan Falcon, owner of a 6-4, 6-4 quarterfinal win over Natalie Frazier of Georgia.

In the other semifinal, top seed Audra Cohen of Miami will face either Baylor's Zuzana Zemenova or UCLA's Tracy Lin - both players who climbed through the tournament as unseeded players.

Nelson was an NCAA Singles finalist last season, coming into the 2006 action ranked #18 in the nation and earning an at-large selection into the tournament on her way to facing Cal's Susie Babos in the title match. This year, Nelson holds a #5 ranking and is the tournament's fourth-seeded player. Her overall singles record is now 30-7, as she has followed up a three-set victory over Chattanooga's #55 Anastasia Zhukova in the first round with three consecutive two-set decisions over Miami's #48 Audrey Banada and Florida's #39 Megan Alexander before toppling #6 and sixth seeded Miller 6-3, 6-3 in today's NCAA Quarterfinals.

NCAA WOMEN'S SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
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) def #39 Megan Alexander (Florida) - 6-2, 6-4

Quarterfinals
May 26, 2007 - Athens, Ga.
#5 (4) Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. (6) #6 Kristi Miller (Georgia Tech) - 6-3, 6-3

Semifinals
May 26, 2007 - Athens, Ga.
#5 (4) Lindsey Nelson vs. #2 (2) Megan Falcon (LSU)

(Number in parentheses indicates tournament seeding)

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