Women's Tennis Keeps Streak Alive With 6-1 Win Over ASU

March 28, 2003

LOS ANGELES - The third-ranked USC women's tennis team remains undefeated in Pac-10 play thanks to a 6-1 victory over eighth-ranked Arizona State Friday afternoon at Marks Tennis Stadium. The win marks the Women of Troy's 11th consecutive as they improve to 16-1 overall this season and 3-0 in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils fall to 7-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

Despite a decisive 8-3 victory by USC's Carine Vermeulen and Melissa Esmero at No. 3, matches at courts one and two were not easily decided. Down 7-3 at center court, the Trojans' Tiffany Brymer and Jewel Peterson managed to hold off ASU's Adria Engel and Lauren Colalillo for the win. The pair won six straight games to win the match 9-7 and clinch the doubles point for USC.

Meanwhile at the No. 2 position, Luana Magnani and Anita Loyola were battling the Sun Devils' Mhairi Brown and Cindy Sureephong. The USC duo eventually won the match-up 9-8, 8-6 in the tiebreaker to complete a doubles sweep.

Loyola carried her momentum into singles play and gave the Women of Troy a 2-0 lead with a convincing 6-0, 6-1 victory over Colalillo at court four. Vermeulen was the next off the court for USC as she defeated Joslynn Burkett 6-4, 6-3 in the backcourts and Magnani clinched the victory with a 6-1, 6-4 decision at the No. 2 spot over ASU's Dora Krstulovic.

In the remaining matches, Peterson came back after dropping the second set to defeat Engel, 6-2, 6-7, 6-1, Brymer came from behind to beat Sureephong, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, and Maureen Diaz fell to ASU's Brown in a third-set tiebreaker, 6-7, 6-3, 15-13.

The Women of Troy return to action on Saturday, March 29, when they host No. 46 Arizona at noon at Marks Tennis Stadium.

#3 USC 6, #8 Arizona State 1

(1) #18 Peterson/Brymer (USC) def. #29 Engel/Colalillo (ASU) - 9-7
(2) Loyola/Magnani (USC) def. Brown/Sureephong (ASU) - 9-8 (8-6)
(3) Vermeulen/Esmero (USC) def. Yeats/Burkett (ASU) - 8-3
USC wins doubles point.

(1) #6 Jewel Peterson (USC) vs. #14 Adria Engel (ASU) - 6-2, 6-7, 6-1
(2) #34 Luana Magnani (USC) def. #48 Dora Krstulovic (ASU) - 6-1, 6-4
(3) Mhairi Brown (ASU) def. #84 Maureen Diaz (USC) - 6-7, 6-3, 15-13
(4) Anita Loyola (USC) def. Lauren Colalillo (ASU) - 6-0, 6-1
(5) Tiffany Brymer (USC) vs. Cindy Sureephong (ASU) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
(6) #116 Carine Vermeulen (USC) def. Joslynn Burkett (ASU) - 6-4, 6-3

- GO SC -

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