No. 10 USC Women Open Dual Match Play

Jan. 20, 2009

The USC women's tennis team opens its 2009 dual match season this week on the Trojans' home courts. The Women of Troy open season against UC Irvine in a 1:30 p.m. match on Wednesday (Jan. 21) and then take on Long Beach State at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 23).

Ranked No. 10 in the 2009 preseason rankings, the USC women are coming off a 2008 season in which the Trojans went 19-8 overall and made their 13th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. That run also began with a January clash against the Anteaters, as the Trojans posted a 7-0 sweep of UC Irvine in their first full 2008 dual match.

This year, USC returns All-Americans Amanda Fink and Gabriela Niculescu - who teamed up in 2008 to win the Pac-10 Doubles Championship. The lone senior on the roster this year, Fink leads the Women of Troy with a No. 16 singles ranking. She is followed closely by sophomore Maria Sanchez at No. 22, with freshman Alison Ramos ranking No. 36 and junior Sarah Fansler at No. 38. Junior Niculescu also stacks up in the preseason top-100, ranking No. 67.

In doubles, Niculescu and Sanchez teamed up for a strong fall season that holds the Trojan pair at No. 24 in the preseason doubles rankings. Fink/Niculescu sit at No. 31, and the freshman-sophomore combination of Ramos/Sanchez are No. 53.

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