No. 14 Women's Tennis Falls to No. 10 USC 5-2

March 11, 2009

Los Angeles, Calif.--The 14th-ranked Sun Devil Women's Tennis team put up a fierce contest against the No. 10 USC Women of Troy on Wednesday, but were ultimately overpowered in a 5-2 decision.

Doubles play was a series of upsets for the Devils, as No. 12 Amanda Fink and Gabriela Niculescu upset No. 10 Micaela Hein and Kelcy McKenna 8-5. USC took off from there with Alison Ramos and Maria Sanchez defeating Ashlee Brown and Sianna Simmons 8-6. No. 62 Sarah Fansler and Lyndsay Kinstler ousted No. 50 Laila Abdala and Nadia Abdala 8-5, taking the doubles point for the Women of Troy.

In singles play, the shaken Sun Devils had trouble finding their stride as No. 29 Amanda Fink downed No. 71 Micaela Hein 6-3, 6-0 on court 3 and No. 61 Alison Ramos pulled away from Ashlee Brown 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 5 spot. After freshman Sianna Simmons fell to Leyla Entekhabi 6-1, 6-4 on court six, the Devils finally saw a bright spot in No. 3 Kelcy McKenna, who came back strong to pummel No. 15 Maria Sanchez 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 1 spot. Undoubtedly the most arduous match of the day came on court two, where Nadia Abdala fought it out against No. 22 Sarah Fansler. Although she dropped the first match 4-6, Abdala came back to upset Fansler loudly and proudly 6-4, 1-0 (10-5).

The Devils will be back in action tomorrow when they take on the No. 9 UCLA Bruins at 11:00 a.m. in Los Angeles.

#10 USC 5, #14 Arizona State 2

DOUBLES

(1) #12 Fink/Niculescu (USC) def. #10 Hein/McKenna (ASU) - 8-5

(2) #62 Fansler/Kinstler (USC) def. #50 Abdala/Abdala (ASU) - 8-5

(3) #71 Ramos/Sanchez (USC) def. Brown/Simmons (ASU) 8-6

Order of finish: 1, 2, 3

SINGLES

(1) #3 Kelcy McKenna (ASU) def #15 Maria Sanchez (USC) - 6-2, 6-4

(2) Nadia Abdala (ASU) def. #22 Sarah Fansler (USC) - 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5)

(3) #29 Amanda Fink (USC) def. #71 Micaela Hein (ASU) - 6-3, 6-0

(4) #54 Gabriela Niculescu (USC) def. Laila Abdala (ASU) - 6-0, 7-5

(5) #61 Alison Ramos (USC) def. Ashlee Brown (ASU) - 6-1,6-4

(6) Leyla Entekhabi (USC) def. Sianna Simmons (ASU) - 6-1, 6-4*

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

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