No. 10 USC Tops San Diego 6-1
March 25, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 10 USC women's tennis team improved to 13-4 on the season with a 6-1 win over visiting San Diego on Tuesday afternoon at Marks Stadium. After a doubles sweep, USC followed with five straight-set wins before conceding a point to the Toreros in the final match of the day. Responsible for the match-clinching win this time was #18 Amanda Fink, who improved her overall singles mark to 25-6 with a win out of the No. 2 position for the Trojans.
Doubles play opened with a pair of lopsided wins for the Women of Troy, as #5 Fink/Niculescu blanked Tamborini/Wiesener 8-0 at the No. 1 position and then Andrews/Sanchez topped Perl/Teeling 8-1 at the No. 3 slot to grab an early lead for the Trojans. At No. 2, USC's Nelson/Kinstler battled out of a 2-4 hole to take a 6-4 lead and then moved on to an 8-5 victory at the No. 2 position over Demidova/Lindstrand.
Set up with a 1-0 lead on the way into singles action, USC stretched its lead further on a series of five more singles wins. Gabriela Niculescu and Leyla Entekhabi blasted through their respective opponents, each drilling out 6-0, 6-0 decisions. #98 Niculescu felled Carla Tamborini at the No. 3 spot first, and #110 Entekhabi cleaned up against Milou Teeling at No. 5 for a 3-0 USC advantage in the match. Entekhabi's win puts her significant singles win streak up to 15 straight. #18 Amanda Fink served up the winning blow on a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Helene Lindstrand from her No. 2 slot to make it 4-0 USC, while #52 Lindsey Nelson took down Monica Weisener 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1. from her No. 6 position, freshman Cristala Andrews tallied her 10th singles win of the season with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Ellie Faulkner to make it 6-0. Playing at No. 4, #102 Maria Sanchez had powered back from a first-set loss to force a third set, but with the dual match already decided she and Alexandra Demidova went to a 10-point tiebreaker. Demidova worked ahead late and was able to register San Diego's lone point of the match with a 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-6) win over Sanchez.
USC's busy week continues with two more matches at Marks Stadium. The Trojans will host No. 16 Fresno State at 1 p.m. on Thursday (March 27) and then plays No. 48 Oregon at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (March 28).
#10 USC 6, San Diego 1
(1) #5 Fink/Niculescu (USC) def. Tamborini/Wiesener (USD) - 8-0
(2) Nelson/Kinstler (USC) def. Demidova/Lindstrand (USD) - 8-5
(3) Andrews/Sanchez (USC) def. Perl/Teeling (USD) - 8-1
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
(1) #52 Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. Monica Weisener (USD) - 6-2, 6-3
(2) #18 Amanda Fink (USC) def. Helene Lindstrand (USD) - 6-2, 6-2*
(3) #98 Gabriela Niculescu (USC) def. Carla Tamborini (USD) - 6-0, 6-0
(4) Alexandra Demidova (USD) def. #102 Maria Sanchez (USC) - 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-6)
(5) #110 Leyla Entekhabi (USC) def. Milou Teeling (USD) - 6-0, 6-0
(6) Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Ellie Faulkner (USD) - 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 3, 5, 2*, 1, 6, 4