Sanchez Wins On Day One At ITA National Indoors

Nov. 6, 2008

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. - USC sophomore Maria Sanchez tacked up a strong singles win today in the opening round of play at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Virginia at the Boar's Head Sports Club. The champion at the ITA West Regionals a week ago, Sanchez secured a place among the top 36 singles players in the nation. She was joined by teammate and regional finalist Alison Ramos at today's action in Charlottesville, Va., and teamed up with Gabriela Niculescu in doubles play. Sanchez will face Clemson's Josipa Bek tomorrow in the singles Round of 16.

Sanchez's first match on Thursday put her up against Auburn-Montgomery's Delia Sescioreanu, and Sanchez pulled out a tight win in the first set before working her way to a final win of 7-6 (5), 7-5 to propel into tomorrow's Round of 16. USC freshman Alison Ramos was up against sixth-seeded Fani Chifchieva of Auburn in her Round of 32 opener, which Chifchieva won in a 7-6 (5), 6-0 decision.

Niculescu and Sanchez earned their place in doubles action as the champions of the ITA West Regionals, but were topped 8-0 in today's doubles Round of 16 by North Carolinas Grabinski/Marand. Niculescu/Sanchez and Ramos will all move into consolation play tomorrow.

ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships
Charlottesville, Va.

Maria Sanchez
Round of 32 - Nov. 6
def. Delia Sescioreanu (Auburn-Montgomery) - 7-6 (5), 7-5
Round of 16 - Nov. 7
vs. Josipa Bek (Clemson) - 1:30 p.m. ET

Alison Ramos
Round of 32 - Nov. 6
lost to (6) Fani Chifchieva (Auburn) - 7-6 (5), 6-0
Consolation Round of 16 - Nov. 7
vs. Megan Falcon (LSU) - 11:30 a.m. ET

Gabriela Niculescu / Maria Sanchez
Round of 16 - Nov. 6
lost to Grabinski/Marand (UNC) - 8-0
Consolation Quarterfinals - Nov. 7
vs. Rales/Yahner (UVA) - 8:30 a.m. ET


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