USC Women Round Out First Day At National Collegiate

Jan. 18, 2008

PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. - USC's senior-freshman combination of Lindsey Nelson and Maria Sanchez will have a busy day out at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic after a strong first day at the competition in Palm Springs. Nelson and Sanchez each grabbed Round of 16 singles wins to move into tomorrow's quarterfinals, and are lined up for doubles competition together. No. 5 ranked Trojan duo Amanda Fink and Gabriela Niculescu will also move into the doubles quarters tomorrow.

On the first day of competition, four Trojans had byes in the first round of singles play while three others competed in the opening Round of 32. Gabriela Niculescu played her first-round match, topping UCLA's Stephanie Wetmore 6-1, 6-1. Niculescu would fall in her Round of 16 match, however, edged 7-6, (6), 6-4 by Stanford's Lindsey Burdette. Cristala Andrews also posted a smooth win in the first round, beating Georgia Tech's Sacha Krupinta 6-2, 6-3 before going on to fall 6-2, 6-3 to UCLA's Riza Zalameda in the Round of 16. USC freshman Lyndsay Kinstler fell in a tough three-setter in the first round to Stanford's Celia Durkin, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

Amanda Fink had a first-round bye and moved in to face Georgia Tech's Christi Striplin in the Round of 16. Striplin managed a 6-4, 6-2 win over Fink. USC Sophomore Sarah Fansler had to bow out of her singles and doubles matches due to illness.

After bye in the first round, Lindsey Nelson and Maria Sanchez both grabbed Round of 16 victories. Nelson's was relatively smooth, as the senior topped Georgia Tech's Noelle Hickey 6-2, 6-2. Freshman Sanchez pulled out a solid win, taking down UCLA's Tracy Lin in three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 to join Nelson in the quarterfinals.

In doubles play, the freshman pairing of Cristala Andrews and Leyla Entekhabi lost 8-2 to UCLA's experienced Lin/Zalameda in the Round of 16. And after byes, Fink/Niculescu and Nelson/Sanchez are set to compete in Saturday's quarterfinals.


Round of 32
Sarah Fansler (USC) - bye
Lindsey Nelson (USC) - bye
Maria Sanchez (USC) - bye
Amanda Fink (USC) - bye
Celia Durkin (STAN) def. Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) - 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
Gabriela Niculescu (USC) def. Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA) - 6-1, 6-1
Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Sacha Krupinta (GT) - 6-2, 6-3

Round of 16
Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) def. Sarah Fansler (USC) - w/o
Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. Noelle Hickey (GT) - 6-2, 6-2
Maria Sanchez (USC) def. Tracy Lin (UCLA) - 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
Christi Striplin (GT) def. Amanda Fink (USC) - 6-4, 6-2
Lindsey Burdette (STAN) def. Gabriela Niculescu (USC) - 7-6 (6), 6-4
Riza Zalameda (UCLA) def. Cristala Andrews (USC) - 6-3, 6-1

Round of 16
Fink/Niculescu (USC) - bye
Fansler/Kinstler (USC) - bye
Nelson/Sanchez (USC) - bye
Lin/Zalameda (UCLA) def. Andrews/Entekhabi (USC) - 8-2

Fink/Niculescu (USC) vs. Lumpkin/Remynse (UCLA)
Nelson/Sanchez (USC) vs. Hickey/Striplin (GT)
Fansler/Kinstler (USC) - w/o

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