No. 9 USC Women Post 6-1 Win Over Pepperdine

Feb. 4, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 9 USC women's tennis team ended today with a solid 6-1 victory against No. 40 Pepperdine after coming off a big ITA Kick-off Weekend last week. In today's match with the Waves, USC claimed all three wins in doubles before heading into singles action where Pepperdine wouldn't go away quite as easily. After a long afternoon of singles play, USC came away with five more points, securing yet another victory. The USC women improve to 6-0 with the win over the Waves.

Freshman Danielle Lao and sophomore Alison Ramos partnered up to finished first in the No. 2 slot with an impressive 8-2 victory in doubles play. Finishing second at the No. 1 position was doubles team Maria Sanchez and Lindsay Kinstler. Sanchez/Kinstler clinched the doubles point for USC as they went on to beat Bhargava/Zalameda 9-7. At the No.3 slot, doubles teammates Valeria Pulido and Cristala Andrews ensured the sweep with an 8-6 win to end doubles actions.

In singles action, #38 Alison Ramos continued her pattern of racking up quick wins by defeating Pepperdine`s Ali Walters 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 2 slot, earning USCs first singles point and giving the Women of Troy a 2-0 lead early on. The Waves would answer back when Pepperdine's Tania Rice delivered a win over junior Leyla Entekhabi 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 6 position. But USC would answer back. Finishing third was #37 Valeria Pulido in the No. 4 slot, coming away with a decisive win over Pepperdine's Andrea Oats, 6-3, 6-2.

The remaining three singles matches would not finish until much later, when USC finally snagged the third win that would also clinch the victory for the Women of Troy. This point came with an exciting tie breaker on the No. 5 court as USC's Cristala Andrews defeated Marie Zalameda 6-2, 7-6. At one point, Andrews fell behind in the second set, 3-5 but rallied back and came up with a huge break, putting the score at 4-5. She then held for her next two serves and captured a definitive 7-2 tie breaker. #18 Danielle Lao earned her team another point as she soundly defeated Bhargava 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 5 slot.

The last match to wrap up was at the No. 1 position when #8 Maria Sanchez and #123 Arianna Colffer went head-to-head in a very hard-fought competition. In the first set, both players seemed unable to hold serve, as each had been broken every game until the scoreboard read 3-3. Colffer then had two huge wins as she first went on to hold serve and then break Sanchez giving herself a 5-3 lead. Sanchez would answer right back, however, as she quickly broke Colffer in the next game to close to 5-4. Both Sanchez and Colffer held serve next to bring up a tiebreaker. The tiebreaker was just as exciting and competitive as the entire first set as each player would take turns earning the point. But it was Sanchez who came away with the 9-7 tiebreaking win that would ultimately earn her the advantage in the first set. Sanchez would finish the second set with a 6-3 victory over Colffer, making it a 6-1 USC victory on the day.

#9 USC 6, #40 Pepperdine 1
Feb. 4, 2010 -- Marks Stadium
(1) Sanchez/Kinstler def. Bhargava/Zalameda -- 9-7
(2) Kinstler/Ramos def. Rice/Walters -- 8-2
(3) Pulido/Andrews def. Colffer/Oates -- 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

(1) #8 Maria Sanchez (USC) def. #123 Colffer (PEP) -- 7-6, 6-3
(2) #38 Alison Ramos (USC) def. Walters (PEP) -- 6-1, 6-0
(3) #18 Danielle Lao (USC) def. Bhargava (PEP) -- 6-2, 6-2
(4) #37 Valeria Pulido (USC) def. Oates (PEP) -- 6-3, 6-2
(5) Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Zalameda (PEP) -- 6-2, 7-6*
(6) Rice (PEP) def. Leyla Entekhabi (USC) -- 1-6, 0-6
Order of finish: 2, 6, 4, 5*, 3, 1

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