No. 9 USC Women Sweep San Diego In ITA Kick-off Opener

Jan. 29, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 9 USC women's tennis team secured a ticket to advance in the ITA Kick-off Weekend with a 4-0 sweep of visiting No. 60 San Diego on Friday afternoon at Marks Stadium. The Women of Troy now turn to face No. 35 Auburn, which delivered a 4-0 win over No. 28 LSU in today's opening match. LSU and San Diego will play tomorrow (Jan. 30) at 2:30 p.m. in the consolation match, followed by a 5:30 p.m. clash between USC and Auburn. The Trojans improve to 3-0 on the year with today's win.

It was fairly smooth sailing for the Women of Troy in their match, as Danielle Lao / Alison Ramos pulled out of a late 6-6 tie in their No. 2 doubles match to claim USC's first win with a break and then a hold by Lao for an 8-6 win. While Lyndsay Kinstler / Maria Sanchez were rallying back to take a late lead at the No. 1 doubles slot, Cristala Andrews / Valeria Pulido rumbled ahead of their San Diego foes and snagged the doubles point for the Trojans with an 8-3 win at No. 3.

The Trojans rolled on in singles play, pinning up relatively quick wins in the at the No. 4, 5 and 6 positions to finish up the match for USC. USC's top three singles players were all in the lead when the match was clinched, although momentum generated at the No. 5 slot by Leyla Entekhabi's 6-1, 6-0 victory over Lise Marbach powered USC ahead. Cristala Andrews stepped up next, taking USC to a 3-0 lead with her 6-2, 6-1 win over Maria Raygada at No. 6, and freshman Valeria Pulido put the match away from No. 4 with a 6-3, 6-3 decision over Alexandra Demidova.

ITA Kick-off Weekend
MATCH 1
#35 Auburn 4, #28 LSU 0
Jan. 29, 2010 - Marks Stadium
DOUBLES
(1) Frankenberger/Wolf (LSU) def. Molenveld/Thornton (AUB) - 8-6
(2) Chifchieva/Hastenrath (AUB) def. Burns/Kantor (LSU) - 8-4
(3) Kurteva/Schippers (AUB) def. Robinson/Wilson (LSU) - 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
Auburn wins doubles point.

SINGLES
(1) #71 Fani Chifchieva (AUB) def. #120 Whitney Wolf (LSU) - 6-4, 6-2
(2) Myrthe Molenveld (AUB) def. Nicole Kantor (LSU) - 6-3, 6-4*
(3) Keri Frankenberger (LSU) vs. Caroline Thornton (AUB) - 6-4, 4-5 susp.
(4) Kaitlin Burns (LSU) vs. Daniela Vukadinovic (AUB) - 7-6, 3-4 susp.
(5) Paulina Schippers (AUB) def. Hannah Robinson (LSU) - 0-6, 6-1, 6-2
(6) Ebie Wilson (LSU) vs. Jil Hastenrath (AUB) - 5-7, 2-4 susp.
Order of finish: 1, 5, 2*

MATCH 2
#9 USC 4, #60 San Diego 0
Jan. 29, 2010 - Marks Stadium
DOUBLES
(1) Kinstler/Sanchez (USC) vs. Coupez/Demidova (USD) - 7-6, susp.
(2) Lao/Ramos (USC) def. Claus/Sujica (USD) - 8-6
(3) Andrews/Pulido (USC) def. Perl/Raygada (USD) - 8-3
Order of finish: 2, 3
USC wins doubles point.

SINGLES
(1) #8 Maria Sanchez (USC) vs. Juliette Coupez (USD) - 6-2, 3-2 susp.
(2) #39 Alison Ramos (USC) vs. Laura Claus (USD) - 6-1, 4-3 susp.
(3) #18 Danielle Lao (USC) vs. Maja Sujica (USD) - 6-3, 3-0 susp.
(4) #37 Valeria Pulido (USC) def. Alexandra Demidova (USD) - 6-3, 6-3*
(5) Leyla Entekhabi (USC) def. Lise Marbach (USD) - 6-1, 6-0
(6) Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Maria Raygada (USD) - 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish: 5, 6, 4*

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