WSU Falls to No. 7 USC, 7-0

April 3, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's tennis team fell to No. 7 USC, 7-0, Friday, at the Simmelink Tennis Courts at the Hollingbery Fieldhouse.

The Cougars fell behind early as USC earned the opening doubles point taking the early lead.

At No. 1 doubles, Ekaterina Kamendova and Aleksandra Cekic competed together for the eighth time this year. The WSU tandem fell to, 5-3, on the season, losing to the Trojan's Amanda Fink and Gabriela Nicilescu, 8-3.

Elisabeth Fournier and Jessica Gomez suffered a tough loss at the No. 3 slot to USC's Cristala Andrews and Alison Ramos, 8-3.

In singles play, Fournier put on show at the No. 3 slot making No. 68 Gabriela Niculescu fight for a three-set victory. After falling in the first-set, Fournier battled back to tie the match at one set apiece after winning a second-set tiebreak. USC's Niculescu was able to rally past the surging freshman in the third-set to earn the victory, 6-3, 6-7(4), 10-4.

At the No. 4 slot, Ioana Oprea battled the Torjan's Romas. The WSU freshman fell to the 64th-ranked Romas, 6-0, 6-1. At the No. 2 position, Cekic suffered a loss to No. 26 Fink, 6-2, 6-1. Kamendova fell to the 33rd-ranked Sarah Fansler at the No. 1 position, 6-2, 6-4.

The Cougars will return to the court Saturday April 3, to take on UCLA.

WASHINGTON STATE TENNIS
University of Southern California 7 def. Washington State University 0
April 3, 2009
Pullman, Wash.

Doubles:

1) Fink/Niculescu (USC) def. Cekic/Kamendova (WSU) 8-32) Fansler/Kinstler (USC) def. Selaru/Oprea (WSU) 8-13) Andrews/Romas (USC) Gomez/Fournier (WSU) 8-3

Singles:1) Sarah Fansler (USC) def. Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU) 6-2, 6-42) Amanda Fink (USC) def. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) 6-2, 6-13) Gabriela Niculescu (USC) def. Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) 6-3, 6-7(4), 10-44) Alison Ramos (USC) def. Ioana Oprea (WSU) 6-0,6-15) Leyla Entekhabi (USC) def. Marina Nicolas (WSU) 6-1, 6-16) Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Bianca Selaru (WSU) 6-2, 6-1

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