#8 USC Edged 4-3 By #6 Georgia
Feb. 9, 2008
MADISON, WISC. - The No. 8 USC women's tennis team came up against No. 6 Georgia in the consolation quarterfinals of the competitive ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Saturday afternoon in Madison, Wisc., coming off of a seven-hour match the previous night. Against the Bulldogs, USC was entrenched in its third straight 4-3 decision, this time falling behind after a doubles loss and winding up short of a comeback in singles for a 4-3 loss. USC moves to 5-2 overall on the season with the loss.
Georgia was able to capture what would prove to be a crucial doubles point to open the match. Although USC's top guns of Amanda Fink / Gabriela Niculescu pounded out an 8-4 win at the No. 1 position, the Bulldogs for an 8-6 win over Lindsey Nelson / Maria Sanchez at No. 2 and then took USC's Leyla Entekhabi / Sarah Fansler with a tough 9-7 win that captured a 1-0 lead for Georgia.
Lindsey Nelson evened things with a powerful 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 1 over Georgia's Kelley Hyndman, and Amanda Fink boosted USC ahead 2-1 with her 6-3, 6-4 decision over Yvette Hyndman at No. 2. Georgia would even the match 2-2 when Cameron Ellis got a 6-1, 6-1 over USC's Maria Sanchez, who had played a three-hour match the night before. At the No. 3 position a three-setter ended up deciding the match for the Bulldogs, as Monika Dancevic beat Sarah Fansler 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 to get Georgia to a 4-2 lead. Freshman Christy Andrews pulled out one last win for the Trojans to finish out the 4-3 decision with her 6-3, 7-5 win over Adrianne Elsberry in the freshman's first career dual match singles action.
#6 Georgia 4, #8 USC 3
(1) #5 Fink/Niculescu (USC) def. K. Hyndman/Dancevic (UGA) - 8-4
(2) Y. Hyndman/ Uesima (UGA) def. Nelson/Sanchez (USC) - 8-6
(3) Ellis/ Elsberry (UGA) def. Entekhabi/Fansler (USC) - 9-7
Georgia wins doubles point.
(1) Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. Kelley Hyndman (UGA) - 6-3, 6-1
(2) Amanda Fink (USC) def. Yvette Hyndman (UGA) - 6-3, 6-4
(3) Monika Dancevic (UGA) def. Sarah Fansler (USC) - 2-6, 6-4, 6-0*
(4) Naoko Ueshima (UGA) def. Gabriela Niculescu (USC) - 6-2, 7-5
(5) Cameron Ellis (UGA) def. Maria Sanchez (USC) - 6-1, 6-1
(6) Christy Andrews (USC) def. Adrianne Elsberry (UGA) - 6-3, 7-5
Order of finish: 1, 2, 5, 3*, 4, 6
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