No. 3 Golden Bears Put No. 10 Trojans Away in 5-2 Victory
Feb. 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 3-ranked California women's tennis team (8-1) came away with a 5-2 win on Friday (Feb. 26) over No. 10 USC (7-3) at the David X. Marks Tennis Stadium. The victory will not count towards Pac-10 standings as the first of two scheduled meetings this season. The Golden Bears and the Women of Troy will meet again at the Hellman Tennis Complex for a noon match on Saturday, April 3. Freshman Tayler Davis had the clinching point as she completed a 6-4, 6-4 win over USC's Cristala Andrews on court five.
For the ninth time this season, Cal secured the doubles point and did so by sweeping on all three courts for the third time this year. At the top court, the No. 13-ranked tandem of junior Mari Andersson and sophomore Jana Juricova made short work of Lyndsay Kinstler and Maria Sanchez in an 8-1 victory. Cal's No. 54-ranked team of junior Marina Cossou and senior Kasia Siwosz earned a 9-7 victory over Danielle Lao and Alison Ramos at court two to clinch the doubles point. The Bears' freshman duo of Davis and Annie Goransson went toe-to-toe with Sarah Fansler and Valeria Pulido at the third court to come out on top, 9-8, with an 11-9 score in the tiebreaker.
Cal went up, 2-0, as No. 20-ranked Cossou took a 6-2, 6-2 win against No. 19 Ramos at the second singles court. Freshman Nelly Radeva put the Bears out in front by three points when she took out Kinstler, 6-4, 6-4, at court six. Davis' match-clinching victory came next at court five.
With the outcome decided, the Trojans got on the board as Siwosz retired from her match at court four to surrender a 4-6, 6-3, 2-0 victory to No. 51 Pulido. In a see-saw battle on the top court, No. 3-ranked Sanchez overcame a comeback bid by No. 2 Juricova to earn a 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 win and give the Women of Troy their second point of the day. After taking the first set, 6-1, over No. 31 Lao at court three, No. 75 Andersson dropped a 6-2 set in the second. Down, 4-3, in the third set, Andersson made a push and came out on top with a 7-5 win to make the final score, 5-2, for Cal. It was Andersson's ninth consecutive singles victory to keep her perfect in dual matches.
The Bears will head down the road to face No. 4 UCLA (10-1) at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Saturday (Feb. 27). The Bruins handed No. 11 Stanford (7-1) its first loss of the season earlier today. UCLA's only loss of the year came at the hands of the Bears in the quarterfinal of the 2010 ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis. Live scoring will be available when the match begins. Click to: www.uclabruins.com/livestats/tennis/xlive.htm
No. 3 California 5, No. 10 USC 2David X. Marks Tennis Stadium | Los Angeles, Calif.Friday, Feb. 26, 2010Doubles1. No. 13 Andersson/Juricova (CAL) def. Kinstler/Sanchez (USC) 8-12. No. 54 Cossou/Siwosz (CAL) def. Lao/Ramos (USC) 9-73. Davis/Goransson (CAL) def. Fansler/Pulido (USC) 9-8(9)Order of finish: 1, 2*, 3 (California wins doubles point)Singles1. No. 3 Maria Sanchez (USC) def. No. 2 Jana Juricova (CAL) 6-1, 2-6, 6-32. No. 20 Marina Cossou (CAL) def. No. 19 Alison Ramos (USC) 6-2, 6-23. No. 75 Mari Andersson (CAL) def. No. 31 Danielle Lao (USC) 6-1, 2-6, 7-54. No. 51 Valeria Pulido (USC) def. Kasia Siwosz (CAL) 4-6, 6-3, 2-0 Ret.5. Tayler Davis (CAL) def. Cristala Andrews (USC) 6-4, 6-46. Nelly Radeva (CAL) def. Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) 6-4, 6-4Order of finish: 2, 6, 5*, 4, 1, 3