USC Women Net 7-0 Sweep Of WSU

March 27, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- On another beautiful, warm day at Marks Stadium, the No. 21 USC women's tennis team posted a 7-0 victory today against visiting Pac-10 opponent Washington State. The Women of Troy swept the doubles matches and went on to win every singles match in two sets. The win improves USC to 11-6 overall and takes the Trojans to a 3-0 mark in Pac-10 competition.

In doubles action, Alison Ramos and Valerie Pulido teamed together again and swept their doubles match 8-0 against Washington State's Gomez/Kankaras. Court three soon followed as Sarah Fansler and Lyndsay Kinstler defeated Cougars Owens/Nicolas 8-3. In the fourth game Fansler/Kinstler broke serve, went up 3-1 and never looked back, clinching the doubles point for USC. Danielle Lao and Maria Sanchez went on to win their doubles match 8-4 at the No. 1 position. Lao/Sanchez were able to break away from their opponents, Fournier/Vasilieva, when the Trojans got up a break 4-3 and then held serve for four of the next five games.

Lyndsay Kinstler, competing on court six, earned the first singles point of the day for USC as she swept through the first set and went on to win 6-0, 6-2 against WSU's Jessica Gomez. In similarly dominant fashion to Kinstler, #32 Danielle Lao finished next on court three, defeating Andjela Kankaras 6-0, 6-2. #82 Valeria Pulido finished next on court four and clinched the win for her team, besting WSU's Marina Nicolas 6-3, 6-1.

USC's fifth point came from senior Sarah Fansler, who defeated Jackie Owens on court five. Coming off an exciting comeback victory over Washington yesterday, Fansler won her first set 6-2 and then mirrored that performance by winning her second set 6-2. As Fansler earned her victory, #3 Maria Sanchez was battling against #75 Liudmila Vasilieva on court one. Sanchez went on to defeat Vasilieva 6-2, 6-3 to make it a 6-0 USc advantage in the match.

With one match to go, the Women of Troy focused their attention to court two as they cheered on their teammate, #20 Alison Ramos. After taking a loss yesterday, Ramos regrouped and came away with a 6-2, 6-4 victory today over Washington State's Elisabeth Fournier. In the second set, Ramos went down 0-2, then came back to win the next two games to make the set 2-2. Fournier then went on to match that effort and won the next two games to go up 4-2 against Ramos. But once again, Ramos rose to the occasion. The sophomore went on to win the next four games, breaking Fournier twice and holding serve twice, earning her a 6-4 set win to round out the sweep for the Women of Troy.

USC's next competition comes next week with a Pac-10 trip to the Bay Area. The Women of Troy will first visit Stanford in a 1:30 p.m. match on Friday (April 2) before playing at Cal at 12 p.m. on Saturday (April 3).

#21 USC 7, Washington State 0
March 27, 2010 - Marks Stadium
DOUBLES
(1) Lao/Sanchez (USC) def. Fournier/Vasilieva (WSU) - 8-4
(2) Pulido/Ramos (USC) def. Kankaras/Gomez (WSU) - 8-0
(3) Fansler/Kinstler (USC) def. Nicolas/Owns (WSU) - 8-3
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
SINGLES
(1) #3 Maria Sanchez (USC) def. #75 Liudmila Vasilieva (WSU) - 6-2, 6-3
(2) #20 Alison Ramos (USC) def. Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) - 6-2, 6-4
(3) #32 Danielle Lao (USC) def. Andjela Kankaras (WSU) - 6-0, 6-2
(4) #82 Valeria Pulido (USC) def. Marina Nicolas (WSU) - 6-3, 6-1*
(5) Sarah Fansler (USC) def. Jackie Owens (WSU) - 6-2, 6-2
(6) Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) def. Jessica Gomez (WSU) - 6-0, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 3, 4*, 5, 1, 2

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