No. 9 USC Women Edged 4-3 By No. 6 Georgia
Feb. 13, 2009
MADISON, WISC. - The No. 9 USC women's tennis team got stuck with its first loss of the season after just missing out on an upset of No. 6 Georgia. Playing in the first round of the competitive ITA Women's National Indoor Championships in Madison, Wisc., the Women of Troy posted a singles comeback to pull even during the marathon match, but came up just short to take a 4-3 loss to the Bulldogs. USC is now 4-1 overall on the year.
The Trojans opened the match with a strong showing in doubles play, getting wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions to secure the first point of the match. At No. 1, Amanda Fink/Gabriela Niculescu topped Gullickson/Hyndman 8-4, while Sarah Fansler/Lyndsay Kinstler got an 8-5 win over Ueshima/Ellis at the No. 3 Up 1-0 on the way into singles play, USC saw Georgia take a 3-1 lead. Maria Sanchez took a rare loss at the No. 1 position to Chelsey Gullickson, and Amanda Fink and Alison Ramos were also upended in their No. 3 and No. 5 matches, respectively.
The Trojans battled back to tie on wins from Sarah Fansler and Gabriela Niculescu. Fansler served up a 6-4, 7-5 win over Yvette Hyndman at the No. 2 slot, and Niculescu staged a comeback against Monika Dancevic for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory that made the match score 3-3. The No. 6 match between USC's Leyla Entekhabi and Georgia's Cameron Ellis was the last one raging on. In the end, Ellis got her win and one for Georgia with a 6-0, 7-5 decision.
USC now will play Florida at 9 a.m. in consolation play tomorrow.
ITA Women's National Indoor Championships (Madison, Wisc.)
Feb. 13 - First Round
#6 Georgia 4, #9 USC 3
(1) Fink/Niculescu (USC) def. Gullickson/Hyndman (UGA) - 8-4
(2) Gilchrist/Dancevic (UGA) def. Sanchez/Ramos (USC) - 9-8 (5)
(3) Fansler/Kinstler (USC) def. Ueshima/Ellis (UGA) - 8-5
USC wins doubles point.
(1) Chelsey Gullickson (UGA) def. Maria Sanchez (USC) - 6-1, 6-4
(2) Sarah Fansler (USC) def. Yvette Hyndman (UGA) - 6-4, 7-5
(3) Nadja Gilchrist (UGA) def. Amanda Fink (USC) - 7-5, 6-1
(4) Gabriela Niculescu (USC) def. Monika Dancevic (UGA) - 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
(5) Naoko Ueshima (UGA) def. Alison Ramos (USC) - 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
(6) Cameron Ellis (UGA) def. Leyla Entekhabi (USC) - 6-0, 7-5
Order of finish: 1, 3, 5, 2, 4, 6