Fink/Niculescu Fall in NCTC Final

Jan. 21, 2008

USC's doubles team of Amanda Fink and Gabriela Niculescu ran their overall record together to 11-4 on the still-young women's tennis season with a trip to the final of the National Collegiate Tennis Classic. Fink/Niculescu earned the top seed into the tournament, and grabbed win No. 11 on the season with an 8-3 win in the semifinals over Georgia Tech's Hickey/Striplin. In the championship match, Fink/Niculescu faced UCLA's Lin/Zalameda. The Bruin pair managed to edge out the Trojans with an 8-6 decision to win the NCTC doubles crown.

Also making deep runs in the weekend's NCTC competition were Fink and senior Lindsey Nelson. After a loss in the first round of singles play, Fink went on to win a pair of consolation matches to reach the consolation final with a smooth 6-0, 6-1 win over UCLA's Tracy Lin in the semis. The consolation final match was unplayed, however, ending Fink's NCTC singles action with that win over Lin. In the main draw of singles, Nelson pushed through to the semifinals after topping teammate Maria Sanchez in the quarterfinals. In the semi, Nelson faced Stanford's Carolyn McVeigh and fell 6-2, 6-1.

The Women of Troy now return to dual match action, hosting Long Beach State at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 23) and then hosting UC Irvine at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 25).

Complete National Collegiate Tennis Classic results are as follows:

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE TENNIS CLASSIC

SINGLES
Round of 32 - Jan. 18
Sarah Fansler (USC) - bye
Lindsey Nelson (USC) - bye
Maria Sanchez (USC) - bye
Amanda Fink (USC) - bye
Celia Durkin (STAN) def. Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) - 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
Gabriela Niculescu (USC) def. Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA) - 6-1, 6-1
Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Sacha Krupinta (GT) - 6-2, 6-3

Round of 16 - Jan. 18
Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) def. Sarah Fansler (USC) - w/o
Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. Noelle Hickey (GT) - 6-2, 6-2
Maria Sanchez (USC) def. Tracy Lin (UCLA) - 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
Christi Striplin (GT) def. Amanda Fink (USC) - 6-4, 6-2
Lindsey Burdette (STAN) def. Gabriela Niculescu (USC) - 7-6 (6), 6-4
Riza Zalameda (UCLA) def. Cristala Andrews (USC) - 6-3, 6-1

Quarterfinals - Jan. 19
Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) def. Maya Johansson (GT) - 6-4, 6-2
Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. Maria Sanchez (USC) - 6-3, 7-6(2)
Andrea Remynse (UCLA) def. Christi Striplin (GT) - 6-4, 6-3
Riza Zalameda (UCLA) def. Lindsey Burdette (STAN) - 7-5, 6-2

Semifinals - Jan. 19
Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) def. Lindsey Nelson (USC) - 6-2, 6-1
Riza Zalameda (UCLA) def. Andrea Remynse (UCLA) - 2-6, 6-0, 6-4

DOUBLES
Round of 16 - Jan. 18
Fink/Niculescu (USC) - bye
Fansler/Kinstler (USC) - bye
Nelson/Sanchez (USC) - bye
Lin/Zalameda (UCLA) def. Andrews/Entekhabi (USC) - 8-2

Quarterfinals - Jan. 19
Fink/Niculesu (USC) def. Lumpkin/Remynse (UCLA) - 8-4
Hickey/Striplin (GT) def. Nelson/Sanchez (USC) - 9-8
Burdette/McVeigh (STAN) def. Kinstler/Fansler (USC) - WO, ILL
Lin/Zalameda (UCLA) def. Johansson/Krupinta (GT) - 8-0

Semifinals - Jan. 20
Fink/Niculesu (USC) def. Hickey/Striplin (GT) - 8-3
Lin/Zalameda (UCLA) def. Burdette/McVeigh (STAN) - 8-6

Final - Jan. 20
Lin/Zalameda (UCLA) def. Fink/Niculescu (USC) - 8-6

CONSOLATION SINGLES
Quarterfinals - Jan. 19
Amanda Fink (USC) def. Ashley Joelson (UCLA) 4-6, 7-5, 6-0
Tracy Lin (UCLA) def. Isa Marie Perez (STAN) 6-0, 6-1
Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) def. Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) 6-2, 2-0(Ret)
Sacha Krupinta (GT) def. Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA) 6-2, 6-2

Semifinals - Jan. 20
Amanda Fink (USC) def. Tracy Lin (UCLA) - 6-0, 6-1
Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) def Sacha Krupinta (GT) - 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

Final - Jan. 20unplayed

CONSOLATION DOUBLES
Semifinals - Jan. 19
Nelson/Sanchez (USC) def. Durkin/Perez (STAN) WO(Inj)
Johansson/Krupinta (GT) d. Kinstler/Fansler (USC) WO(Inj)

Finals - Jan. 19
Johansson/Krupinta (GT) def. Nelson/Sanchez (USC) WO(Inj)

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