Spring Success Starts Up For USC Women's Tennis

Jan. 17, 2009

The USC women's tennis team has players sprinkled in semifinals and championship matches around the western states this weekend, with successful runs by the Women of Troy at both the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs and at the Freeman Memorial in Las Vegas. Top-seeded doubles duo Amanda Fink/Gabriela Niculescu - the 2008 Pac-10 Doubles champions - are set for a semifinal showdown against a UCLA pair tomorrow at the NCTC. Meanwhile, their Trojan teammates have championship matches set for tomorrow's action in at the Freeman Memorial.

In singles play at the NCTC, third-seeded Maria Sanchez worked her way to today's semifinals and took top-seeded Maria Mosolova to three sets before falling in a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 decision. Her fellow Trojans Fink and Niculescu had both been edged out in three sets each during the quarterfinals, and freshman Alison Ramos lost in the Round of 16 on Friday.

The championship-bound Trojans in Las Vegas are sophomore doubles team Cristala Andrews/Leyla Entekhabi in Flight Two and Sarah Fansler and Lyndsay Kinstler in their respective singles flights. Junior Fansler cruised through Flight One singles play with two straight-set wins on the first day and then a three-setter in the semifinals to square off against fifth-seeded Irina Falconi of Georgia Tech in tomorrow's Flight One singles final. Kinstler, meanwhile, tacked up all straight-set victories in her run to the Flight Two singles final, which puts the sophomore up against Fresno State's Tinesta Rowe.

Complete USC results from both spring tournaments are below:

2009 FREEMAN MEMORIAL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Fertitta Tennis Complex, Las Vegas, NV

FLIGHT ONE SINGLES
ROUND ONE (Jan. 16)
(5) Irina Falconi (GT) def. Leyla Entekhabi (USC) 6-2, 6-1
Sarah Fansler (USC) def. Shinann Featherson (UNC) 6-1, 6-4

ROUND OF 16 (Jan. 16)
Sarah Fansler (USC) def. (6) Anastasia Petukhova (FS) 6-3, 6-1

QUARTERFINALS (Jan. 17)
Sarah Fansler (USC) def. Micaela Hein (ASU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

SEMIFINALS (Jan. 17)
(5) Irina Falconi (GT) def. (3) Melanie Gloria (FS) 6-1, 6-2
Sarah Fansler (USC) def. (2) Amanda McDowell (GT) 3-6, 7-5, 6-1

CHAMPIONSHIP (Jan. 18)
Sarah Fansler (USC) vs. (5) Irina Falconi (GT)

CONSOLATION
FIRST ROUND (Jan. 16)
Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) def. Leyla Entekhabi (USC) 6-3, 6-1

FLIGHT TWO SINGLES
ROUND ONE (Jan. 16)
Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) def. Rumyana Terzieva (UNLV) 6-3, 6-1
Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Ana Victoria Lind (UCLA) 6-3, 6-0

QUARTERFINALS (Jan. 17)
Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) def. Laura Pola (FS) 6-3, 6-4
Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Katy Williams (UNLV) 6-1, 6-4

SEMIFINALS (Jan. 17)
Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) def. Anna Maskaljun (UNLV) 6-1, 7-5
Tinesta Rowe (FS) def. Cristala Andrews (USC) 6-2, 6-2

CHAMPIONSHIP (Jan. 18)
Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) vs. Tinesta Rowe (FresSt)

FLIGHT ONE DOUBLES
ROUND ONE (Jan. 16)
Fansler/ Kinstler (USC) def. Gloria/ Rowe (FS) 8-6

QUARTERFINALS (Jan. 17)
(4) Tsang/ Featherston (UNC) def. Fansler/ Kinstler (USC) 8-3

FLIGHT TWO DOUBLES
ROUND ONE (Jan. 16)
Entekhabi/ Andrews (USC) BYE

SEMIFINALS (Jan. 17)
Entekhabi/Andrews (USC) def. Dimitrova/ Hidvegi (UNLV) 8-6

CHAMPIONSHIP (Jan. 18)
Entekhabi/Andrews (USC) vs. Maskalfun/Razina (UNLV)

National Collegiate Tennis Classic
Palm Spring, Calif.

SINGLES
First Round - Jan. 16
(7) Alison Ramos (USC) def. Siobhan Cavan (ORE) - 7-6 (2), 6-0
(3) Maria Sanchez (USC) - bye
Gabriela Niculescu (USC) def. Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA) - w/d
(2) Amanda Fink (USC) - bye

Round of 16 - Jan. 16
Yasmin Schnack (UCLA) def. Alison Ramos (USC) - 6-4, 6-0
(3) Maria Sanchez (USC) def. Jordan Dockendorf (UCLA) - 6-4, 6-3
Gabriela Niculescu (USC) def. (5) Christy Striplin (GaTech) - 6-3, 6-4
(2) Amanda Fink (USC) def. Jen Yen (STAN) - 6-2, 6-4

Quarterfinals - Jan. 17
(3) Maria Sanchez (USC) def. (6) Andrea Remynse (UCLA) - 6-1, 6-1
(4) Hilary Barte (STAN) def. Gabriela Niculescu (USC) - 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
(8) Noelle Hickey (GaTech) def. (2) Amanda Fink (USC) - 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Semifinals - Jan. 17
(1) Maria Mosolova (NW) def. (3) Maria Sanchez (USC) - 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

DOUBLES
First Round - Jan. 16
(1) Fink/Niculescu (USC) - bye
(4) Ramos/Sanchez (USC) def. Chmelarova/Filipak (Baylor) - w/d

Quarterfinals - Jan. 16 & 17
(1) Fink/Niculescu (USC) def. Hickey/Striplin (GaTech) - 8-4
Remynse/Schnack (UCLA) def. (4) Ramos/Sanchez (USC) - 8-1

Semifinals - Jan. 18
(1) Fink/Niculescu (USC) vs. Remynse/Schnack (UCLA)

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