No. 9 USC Women Power Past Auburn 4-0

Jan. 30, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 9 USC women's tennis team secured a place in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships with a decisive 4-0 win over No. 35 Auburn tonight at Marks Stadium. Playing in the title match of the ITA Kick-off Weekend, the Women of Troy snagged the doubles point before pounding out a string of 6-0 starts in singles en route to the win over the visiting Tigers. In the consolation match preceding the final, San Diego beat LSU 4-1 USC's win over Auburn pulls the Trojans to 4-0 on the season.

Doubles action wrapped up in a tight window, with the point decided in USC's just seconds after Auburn pulled out a win at No. 3. USC's Danielle Lao / Alison Ramos won the last three games to tack up an 8-4 win at the No. 2 position to get the Trojans an early leg up. At No. 3, Auburn's Kurteva/Schippers topped Cristala Andrews / Valeria Pulido 8-4, but it was only tied up for a moment, as USC's top pair Lyndsay Kinstler / Maria Sanchez pounded out an 8-3 win with one last break to secure the doubles point for USC.

Four different Women of Troy opened up their respective singles matches with shutouts in the first set. #28 Alison Ramos was the first to cruise through to victory, taking USC ahead 2-0 by giving up just a single game in her 6-0, 6-1 win over Mrythe Molenveld at the No. 2 position. Leyla Entekhabi broke through next at No. 5, delivering a similarly dominant win over Paulina Schippers 6-0, 6-1. Maria Sanchez and Valeria Pulido both were neck-and-neck in their move toward closing things down, with Danielle Lao and Cristala Andrews also nearing victory. Pulido claimed the clincher first, scoring a 6-0, 6-4 victory after trailing 1-4 in the second set to Daniela Vukadinovic, leaving the remaining matches suspended with those Trojans poised for victory.

USC's next competition puts the Women of Troy up against Pepperdine in a 1:30 p.m. match on Thursday (Feb. 4) t Marks Stadium.

ITA Kick-off Weekend
CHAMPIONSHIP
#9 USC vs. #35 Auburn
Jan. 30, 2010 - Marks Stadium
DOUBLES
(1) Kinstler/Sanchez (USC) def. Molenveld/Thornton (AUB) - 8-3
(2) Lao/Ramos (USC) def. Chifchieva/Hastenrath (AUB) - 8-4
(3) Kurteva/Schippers (AUB) def. Andrews/Pulido (USC) - 8-4
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
USC wins doubles point.
SINGLES
(1) #8 Maria Sanchez (USC) vs.#71 Fani Chifchieva (AUB) - 6-0, 5-4 susp.
(2) #38 Alison Ramos (USC) vs. Myrthe Molenveld (AUB) - 6-0, 6-1
(3) #18 Danielle Lao (USC) vs. Caroline Thornton (AUB) - 6-1, 5-0 susp.
(4) #37 Valeria Pulido (USC) vs. Daniela Vukadinovic (AUB) - 6-0, 6-4*
(5) Leyla Entekhabi (USC) vs. Paulina Schippers (AUB) - 6-0, 6-1
(6) Cristala Andrews (USC) vs. Jil Hastenrath (AUB) - 6-2, 5-1 susp.
Order of finish: 2, 5, 4*

CONSOLATION
#60 San Diego 4, #28 LSU 1
Jan. 30, 2010 - Marks Stadium
DOUBLES
(1) Frankenberger/Wolf (LSU) def. Coupez/Demidova (USD) - 8-2
(2) Claus/Sujica (USD) def. Burns/Kantor (LSU) - 8-3
(3) Perl/Raygada (USD) def. Robinson/Wilson (LSU) - 8-4
Order of finish 1, 2, 3
San Diego wins doubles point.
SINGLES
(1) Juliette Coupez (USD) def. #120 Whitney Wolf (LSU) - 6-3, 2-6, 7-5*
(2) Laura Claus (USD) def. Nicole Kantor (LSU) - 6-2, 6-4
(3) Keri Frankenberger (LSU) vs. Maja Sujica (USD) - 5-7, 1-5 susp.
(4) Kaitlin Burns (LSU) def. Alexandra Demidova (USD) - 6-1, 6-2
(5) Lise Marbach (USD) def. Hannah Robinson (LSU) - 6-3, 6-4
(6) Ebie Wilson (LSU) vs. Maria Raygada (USD) - 4-6, 4-5 susp.
Order of finish: 4, 2, 5, 1*

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