No. 10 USC Grabs Sweep Over Long Beach State

Jan. 28, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 10 women's tennis team wins 7-0 over visiting Long Beach State on Wednesday afternoon at USC's Marks Stadium. USC took the point in doubles and received two quick singles wins, setting up sophomore Maria Sanchez's singles win to capture the victory over Long Beach State. This win puts USC at the 2-0 mark in dual matches, as the Trojans are set to host the ITA Kickoff weekend and face Michigan State in the first round on Saturday, January 31 at 11:30 a.m. It is in that match that USC head coach Richard Gallien has a chance at 300 wins, as his career record is 299-128 going into the clash with the Spartans.

From the No. 2 spot #53 Maria Sanchez/Alison Ramos got things started off right with an 8-4 win. The doubles point was solidified for the Trojans with another 8-4 win by #31 Amanda Fink/Gabriela Niculescu. Rounding out doubles play was the pairing of Sarah Fansler/Lyndsay Kinstler who finished out with an 8-5 victory. In singles play, sophomore Leyla Entekhabi made quick work of her opponent, Lisa Sutton, getting the win 6-0, 6-1. Coming out of the No. 3 spot, #16 Fink followed suit with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Rachel Manasse to bring the Trojans within one point of the dual match win. #22 Sanchez, playing from No. 2 put USC over the top to have a 4-0 dual match win with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Deborah Armstrong.

At No. 5, #36 Ramos brought in a 6-1, 6-3 win over Julie Luzar to make it a 5-0 USC lead. Next, #67 Niculescu, coming out of the No. 4 slot came back from a 2-3 deficit in the first set to take it 6-4 and battled out a tough second set to take it 7-5. #38 Fansler, who was working out of the No. 1 spot came up against a difficult #68 Hannah Grady. Fansler had no problem putting away Grady in the first set, 6-1, but had a tough time in the second set. Fansler had a 3-2 lead, but Grady came back to tie it 4-4. Fansler took the fifth game to make it 5-4, but Grady would not go away, taking the next two games to make it 5-6. Fansler would come back to make it 6-6 and then finally would fight through to get the last game, capping off the victory 7-6(5).

#10 USC 7, Long Beach State 0

DOUBLES

(1) #31 Fink/Niculescu (USC) def. Sutton/Armstrong (LBS) - 8-4

(2) #53 Sanchez/Ramos (USC) def. Weeks/Manasse (LBS) - 8-4 (3)

Fansler/Kinsler (USC) def. Luzar/Dallara (LBS) - 8-5

USC wins doubles point.

Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3

SINGLES

(1) #38 Sarah Fansler (USC) def. #68 Hannah Grady (LBS) - (6-1), (7-6)5

(2) #22 Maria Sanchez (USC) def. Deborah Armstrong (LBS) - (6-1), (6-1)

(3) #16 Amanda Fink (USC) def. Rachel Manasse (LBS) - (6-4), (6-0)

(4) #67 Gabriela Niculescu (USC) def. Anais Dallara (LBS) - (6-4), (7-5)

(5) #36 Alison Ramos (USC) def. Julie Luzar (LBS) - (6-1), (6-3)

(6) Leyla Entekhabi (USC) def. Lisa Sutton (LBS) - (6-0), (6-1)

Order of Finish: 6, 3, 2*, 5, 4, 1

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