Niculescu/Sanchez To Play For Doubles Consolation Title

Nov. 8, 2008

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. -- The USC doubles team of Gabriela Niculescu and Maria Sanchez combined forces for another win at the ITA National Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va. today. The Trojan pair now moves into tomorrow's consolation final, where Niculescu/Sanchez will face a team from Auburn-Montgomery.

Today in Virginia, Niculescu/Sanchez put forth a strong effort against their Miami opponents in the consolation semifinal. The Trojans dropped the first set but answered right back to capture the win in three sets, topping Kissell/Vallverdu 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. They will face Sescioreanu/Ververkova tomorrow in the consolation final.

Elsewhere in USC tennis competition, Trojans Cristala Andrews and Lyndsay Kinstler saw action in Arizona at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. The two Women of Troy had a winning day across the board, picking up an 8-2 doubles win over Utah's Putilina/Monson to go along with straight-set singles wins.

ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships
Charlottesville, Va.

SINGLES
Maria Sanchez
Round of 32 - Nov. 6
def. Delia Sescioreanu (Auburn-Montgomery) - 7-6 (5), 7-5
Round of 16 - Nov. 7
def. Josipa Bek (Clemson) - 6-4, 6-4
Quarterfinals - Nov. 7
lost to Nina Munch-Soegard (TCU) - 6-3, 2-6, 6-2

Alison Ramos
Round of 32 - Nov. 6
lost to (6) Fani Chifchieva (Auburn) - 7-6 (5), 6-0
Consolation Round of 16 - Nov. 7
lost to Megan Falcon (LSU) - 6-2, 6-2

DOUBLES
Gabriela Niculescu / Maria Sanchez
Round of 16 - Nov. 6
lost to Grabinski/Marand (UNC) - 8-0
Consolation Quarterfinals - Nov. 7
def. Rales/Yahner (UVA) - 8-3
Consolation Semifinals - Nov. 8
def. Kissell/Vallverdu (Miami) – 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
Consolation Championship – Nov. 9
vs. Sescioreanu/Ververkova (Auburn-Montgomery)

ASU Thunderbird Invitational
Tempe, Ariz.

SINGLES
Cristala Andrews
Round of 32 - Nov. 7
def. Abigail Oliver (FSU) -- 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Round of 16 - Nov. 7
lost to Nina Pantic (UCLA) -- 6-0, 6-4
2nd Round Consolation Bracket - Nov. 8
def. Mahtani (Michigan) -- 6-2, 6-0
2nd Round Consolation Bracket
vs. Murescan (Michigan) -- 9:30 a.m. MT

Lyndsay Kinstler
Round of 32 - Nov. 7
lost to (1) Chisako Sugiyama (Michigan) -- 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-1
1st Round Consolation Bracket - Nov. 7
lost to Monson (Utah) -- 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
Consolation Back Draw - Nov. 8
def. Sulahian (Michigan) -- 6-4, 6-4
Consolation Back Draw - Nov. 9
vs. Seguso (UCLA) -- 9:30 a.m. MT

DOUBLES
Cristala Andrews / Lyndsay Kinstler
lost to Taney/Muresan (Michigan) -- 8-2
def. Putilina/Monson (Utah) -- 8-2
vs. Pola/Beatty (FSU) -- 8:30 a.m. MT (Sun., Nov. 9)

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