No. 12 USC Women Top Arizona 6-1

Feb. 22, 2008

TUCSON, ARIZ. - The No. 12 USC women's tennis team got a road win on Friday, pushing out to a 6-1 win over No. 52 Arizona in Tucson. USC improves to 7-2 with the win, which was anchored by a solid doubles performance and five straight-set wins in singles including Amanda Fink's match-clinching win at the No. 2 position.

USC swept doubles play, sparked by an 8-1 win at the No. 2 slot by the senior-freshman combo of Nelson/Sanchez. Fansler/Kinstler followed with an 8-3 victory at No. 3, and Fink/Niculescu cleaned things up with an 8-6 win at No. 1.

In singles action, USC came out of the gates with Sarah Fansler's smooth 6-0, 6-2 win at the No. 4 spot for a 2-0 USC lead. Gabriela Niculescu got the Trojans within a point of clinching the win with a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 3, and Amanda Fink got things done from her No. 2 position in a 6-2, 6-2 win to lock away the win for USC. USC's freshman tandem at the 5-6 slots put wins on the board next for the Trojans, as Maria Sanchez put away her opponent 6-0, 6-3 and then Leyla Entekhabi pinned up a 6-3, 6-1 win. The battle at the No. 1 position was a tough one, but Arizona grabbed its lone point of the match when #60 Danielle Steinberg beat USC's #68 Lindsey Nelson after a hard-fought tiebreaker for a 6-4, 7-6 (11-9) decision.

USC's next match takes the Trojans to Tempe for a 1:30 p.m. clash with Arizona State on Saturday (Feb. 23).

#12 USC 6, #52 Arizona 1
DOUBLES
(1) #5 Fink/Niculescu (USC) def. Steinberg/Rietsch (UA) - 8-6
(2) #39 Nelson/Sanchez (USC) def. Toporowksa/Orletsky (UA) - 8-1
(3) Fansler/Kinstler (USC) def. Huh/Masschelein (UA) - 8-3
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
SINGLES
(1) #60 Danielle Steinberg (UA) def. #68 Lindsey Nelson (USC) - 6-4, 7-6 (11-9)
(2) #17 Amanda Fink (USC) def. Rietsch (UA) - 6-2, 6-2
(3) #97 Gabriela Niculescu (USC) def. Huh (UA) - 6-1, 6-2
(4) Sarah Fansler (USC) def. Toporowska (UA) - 6-0, 6-2
(5) Maria Sanchez (USC) def. Masschelein (UA) - 6-0, 6-3
(6) Leyla Entekhabi (USC) def. Orletsky (UA) - 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 4, 3, 2*, 5, 6, 1

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