No. 10 USC Women Snag 5-2 Win At San Diego State
Feb. 23, 2010
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. - The No. 10 USC women's tennis team got the week started with a winning note as the Trojans took a trip to pick up a victory over San Diego State, winning 5-2 today at Aztec Tennis Center. The Women of Troy hung up the doubles point first and outlasted Aztec efforts to fight back in singles thanks in part to a three-set clincher from #51 freshman Valeria Pulido. USC improves to 7-2 overall with today's road win.
Pulido helped out early as well, combining forces with Cristala Andrews at No. 3 doubles for an 8-6 win over SDSU's Cioffi/Aguilar. Coming through with the clinching doubles win to take USC ahead 1-0 in the match was Danielle Lao / Alison Ramos, who took down Trunk/Wais 8-4. The Aztecs were able to win the last doubles match in an 8-5 decision over USC's Kinstler/Sanchez, but the first point of the match was already in Trojan hands.
USC went ahead 2-0 with #31 Danielle Lao's quick 6-2, 6-0 win over Julia Wais at the No. 3 position, but SDSU answered back and cut it to 2-1 as Olivia Colman topped USC's Lyndsay Kinstler 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 6 slot. #3 Maria Sanchez padded it back to a 3-1 USC advantage on her 6-2, 6-2 takedown of #58 Julia Trunk at No. 1, but again the Aztecs managed a response. At No. 2, SDSU's Alicia Aguilar fought back to beat #19 Alison Ramos 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2, and the match score was 3-2 USC.
That's when #51 Valeria Pulido pulled through with a comeback of her own at the No. 4 spot. The freshman fought through a first-set hole to beat Sierra Ellison 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 and clinch the match by getting USC ahead 4-2. Finishing things off from her No. 5 position was junior Cristala Andrews, who pinned up her eighth straight singles win with a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 comeback over Emma Cioffi to make it a 5-2 USC victory.
The Women of Troy now turn to a competitive weekend against conference opponents Cal and Stanford. No. 10 USC will first host the No. 3 Bears at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 26) at Marks Stadium before facing No. 11 Stanford at 12 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 27).
#10 USC 5, #65 San Diego State 2
Feb. 23, 2010 - San Diego, Calif.
(1) Ellison/Ellison (SDSU) def. Kinstler/Sanchez (USC) - 8-5
(2) Lao/Ramos (USC) def. Trunk/ Wais (SDSU) - 8-4
(3) Andrews/Pulido (USC) def. Cioffi/ Aguilar (SDSU) - 8-6
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
(1) #3 Maria Sanchez (USC) def. #58 Julia Trunk (SDSU) - 6-2, 6-2
(2) Alicia Aguilar (SDSU) def. #19 Alison Ramos (USC) - 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
(3) #31 Danielle Lao (USC) def. Julia Wais (SDSU) - 6-2, 6-0
(4) #51 Valeria Pulido (USC) def. Sierra Ellison (SDSU) - 3-6, 6-2, 6-2*
(5) Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Emma Cioffi (SDSU) - 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4
(6) Olivia Colman (SDSU) def. Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) - 6-2, 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 6, 1, 2, 4*, 5
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