Women of Troy Wrap Up ITA All-American

Oct. 10, 2009

The USC women's tennis team has finished up its stretch of competition at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships after Danielle Lao's impressive run through prequalifying and qualifying and into the main draw and a consolation singles push by Alison Ramos.

Lao scored a first-round 7-6 (4), 6-2 win in the ITA main draw on opening day at the Riviera Country Club for her seventh straight win as a Trojan. In the second round, however, Lao was knocked out in a tough three-setter, falling 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to Tennessee's Caitlin Whoriskey.

Meanwhile, early main draw losses pushed Alison Ramos and Maria Sanchez into consolation play at the Riviera/ITA competition. Sanchez had another tough matchup in her way in Miami's Laura Vallverdu, and Vallverdu managed a 6-2, 6-4 win over Sanchez in consolation play. Ramos tacked up two consolation wins to move into today's semifinals, where the USC sophomore was knocked out by Fresno State's Anastasia Petukova. Ramos had taken out Tennessee's Natalie Pluskota 7-6 (5), 6-2 to start things off in consolation play, and then dropped Northwestern's Maria Mosolova in a smooth 6-3, 6-3 win to get into the semis.

Riviera/ITA All-American Championships - Riviera Country Club

MAIN DRAW - SINGLES
First Round (Oct. 8)
Danielle Lao (USC) def. Aeriel Ellis (Texas) - 7-6 (4), 6-2
Marina Cossou (Cal) def. Alison Ramos (USC) - 6-0, 6-2
[4] Jana Juricova (Cal) def. Maria Sanchez (USC) - 7-5, 6-3

Second Round (Oct. 9)
Caitlin Whoriskey (Tennessee) def. Danielle Lao (USC) - 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

CONSOLATION SINGLES
First Round (Oct. 9)
Alison Ramos (USC) def. Natalie Plutskova (Tennessee) -- 7-6 (5), 6-2
Laura Vallverdu (Miami) def. Maria Sanchez (USC) -- 6-2, 6-4

Quarterfinals (Oct. 9)
Alison Ramos (USC) def. Maria Mosolova (Northwestern) -- 6-3, 6-3

Semifinals (Oct. 10)
Anastasia Petukova (Fresno State) def. Alison Ramos (USC) -- 6-0, 6-0

QUALIFYING - SINGLES
First Round (Oct. 5)
Danielle Lao (USC) def. Nadia Gilchrist (Georgia) - 6-0, 6-1
Alison Ramos (USC) def. Ana-Maria Constantinescu (Oklahoma) - 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Molly Scott (Dartmouth) def. [7] Sarah Fansler (USC) - 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2

Second Round (Oct. 6)
Danielle Lao (USC) def. Keri Wong (Clemson) - 6-2, 6-3
Alison Ramos (USC) def. [3] Kristi Boxx (Mississippi) - 6-3, 6-4

Third Round (Oct. 7)
Danielle Lao (USC) def. Rika Tatsuno (Michigan) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Alison Ramos (USC) def. Nadine Fahoum (Old Dominion) - 6-2, 6-3

QUALIFYING - DOUBLES
First Round (Oct. 6)
Brito/Castillo (Fla. Int'l) def. Fansler/Kinstler (USC) - 8-4
Pulido/Sanchez (USC) def. Redecsi/Salkovic (DePaul) - 8-2

Second Round (Oct. 6)
[5] Ardiez/Dy (Washington) def. Pulido/Sanchez (USC) - 8-5

PREQUALIFYING -- SINGLES
1st Round
Danielle Lao (USC) def. [9-16] Lauren McFarlane (Florida State) 6-2, 6-1

2nd Round
Danielle Lao (USC) def. Madeliene Geibert (Nebraska) - 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

3rd Round
Danielle Lao (USC) def. Hillary Bartlett (Princeton) - 6-3, 6-2

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