Fink/Niculescu Qualify For All-American Main Draw
Oct. 3, 2007
PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIF. - The USC women's tennis team will have two singles players and one doubles team kick off the main draw of the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American tomorrow in Pacific Palisades. Doubles pair Amanda Fink / Gabriela Niculescu powered their way through the qualifying rounds the past two days to earn a place as a qualifier in the doubles main draw. Meanwhile, senior Lindsey Nelson and sophomore Sarah Fansler - the nation's No. 2 and No. 10 players, respectively, were already inked into the main draw of singles competition.
Fink/Niculesu put together a series of three wins in qualifying play to emerge as the one out of three Trojan pairs to play in qualifying. Fink/Niculescu first beat Fresno State/s Kucerkova/Petukhova 8-3 on Tuesday, while Trojan teammates Lindsey Nelson / Maria Sanchez topped Vanderbilt's Bertrand/Newman 8-4, and Sarah Fansler / Leyla Entekhabi also pushed through to the second round with an 8-4 win over Princeton's Marable/Parks.
In Wednesday's qualifying doubles action, Nelson/Sanchez and Fansler/Entekhabi were both edged out in the second round. Nelson/Sanchez took a tough Cal pair of Babos/Kusano down to the wire, but fell in a tiebreaker 9-8 (4). Meanwhile, Fink/Niculescu pushed past Clemson/s Salge/Balda to enter the third round, where the Women of Troy tacked up an 8-6 decision over Cal Poly's Blalock/Wong to punch their ticket in the doubles main draw.
Fink/Niculescu's first round opponent has not yet been released. In singles play, Nelson opens her All-American competition against Ani Mijacka of Clemson, and Fansler will play Florida's Megan Alexander.
Riviera/ITA Women's All-American
(All USC Results)
PREQUALIFYINGSAT., SEPT. 29First RoundMelissa Koning (AUB) def. Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) - 6-4, 6-4Kewa Nichols (TCU) def. Maria Sanchez (USC) - 6-4, 3-6, 6-4Caren Seenauth (MIA) def. Cristala Andrews (USC) - 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4)Ute Schnoy (DU) def. Leyla Entekhabi (USC) - 6-0, 4-6, 6-3Gabriela Niculescu (USC) def. Caroline Bailly (NEV) - 6-3, 6-3
Second RoundNiculescu (USC) def. Hyndman (UGA) - 7-6 (5), 7-5
SUN., SEPT 30Third RoundNiculescu (USC) def. Haney (AUB) - 6-4, 6-0
PREQUALIFYINGFirst RoundFudge/Finnegan (ILL) def. Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) - 8-4
QUALIFYINGTUES., OCT. 2First RoundLindsey Nelson/Maria Sanchez (USC) def. Bertrand/Newman (VAND) - 8-4Amanda Fink/Gabriela Niculescu (USC) def. Kucerkova/Petukhova (FREST) - 8-3Sarah Fansler/Leyla Entekhabi (USC) def. Marable/Parks (PRIN) - 8-4
WED., OCT. 3Second RoundCaitlin Whoriskey/Zsofia Zuber (TENN) def. Sarah Fansler/Leyla Entekhabi (USC) - 8-4Amanda Fink/Gabriela Niculescu (USC) def. Carol Salge/Estefania Balda (CLEM) - 8-3Suzi Babos/Stephanie Kusano (CAL) def. Lindsey Nelson/Maria Sanchez (USC) - 9-8 (4)
Third RoundAmanda Fink/Gabriela Niculescu (USC) def. Brittany Blalock/Steffi Wong (CP) - 8-6
MAIN DRAWTHURS., OCT. 4First RoundAmanda Fink/Gabriela Niculescu (USC) vs. TBA -
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