No. 10 Trojans Streak Past No. 16 Fresno State

March 27, 2008

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 10 USC women's tennis team won eight straight matches en route to a 6-1 win over visiting No. 16 Fresno State on Thursday afternoon at Marks Stadium. USC conceded the first doubles match and the final singles match of the day, but surged to a pair of doubles wins and five straight singles victories to secure the home dual match win, clinched once again by #18 Amanda Fink from her No. 2 singles position. The Women of Troy improve to 14-4 overall with the win.

The Women of Troy came out of the gates by grabbing the doubles point. Fresno State managed an 8-1 win at the No. 2 position to start, as Petukhova/Kucerkova topped USC's Nelson/Kinstler 8-1, but the Women of Troy powered back into control. The Trojans tacked up solid wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 slots next. At No. 1, #5 Fink/Niculescu got up a break to take a 5-3 lead and then steamrolled their way to an 8-3 upset of #2 Gloria/Rowe. At No. 3, Andrews/Sanchez also got up a break early and went on to an 8-5 win over Haskett/Beatty to secure the first point for USC.

Those solid doubles wins helped build some key momentum for the Trojans in singles play. Maria Sanchez pounded out a 6-0, 6-3 win from her No. 4 slot over #109 Tinesta Rowe to get USC ahead 2-0 and start a string of straight-set wins. Lyndsay Kinstler was next, working past Danon Beatty at No. 6 with a 6-3, 6-3 victory. And securing things once again for the Trojans from her No. 2 spot was #18 Amanda Fink, who cruised past #12 Anastasia Petukhova with a 6-4, 6-3 win that made it 4-0 USC. Soon after that, #98 Gabriela Niculescu pinned up another straight-set victory in a 6-2, 7-5 win over Renata Kucerkova at the No. 3 position. From her No. 5 position, #110 Leyla Entekhabi extended her undefeated run through dual match singles action with a win in the third-set tiebreaker, beating Jacqueline Haskett 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6) to boost her streak up to 16 straight on her 25th singles win of the year. With USC up 6-0 in the match, eyes went to the No. 1 singles battle between USC's #52 Lindsey Nelson and Fresno State's #13 Melanie Gloria. Gloria was able to pull off the lone win for the Bulldogs with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Nelson to close out USC's 6-1 win on the day.

USC's next competition comes tomorrow in a Pac-10 clash against No. 48 Oregon. The Trojans face the Ducks at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (March 28) at Marks Stadium.

#10 USC 6, #16 Fresno State 1
(1) #5 Fink/Niculescu (USC) def. #2 Gloria/Rowe (FSU) - 8-3
(2) Petukhova/Kucerkova (FSU) def. Nelson/Kinstler (USC) - 8-1
(3) Andrews/Sanchez (USC) ef. Haskett/Beatty (FSU) - 8-5
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
(1) #13 Melanie Gloria (FSU) def. #52 Lindsey Nelson (USC) - 7-5, 7-5
(2) #18 Amanda Fink (USC) def. #12 Anastasia Petukhova (FSU) - 6-4, 6-3*
(3) #98 Gabriela Niculescu (USC) def. Renata Kucerkova (FSU) - 6-2, 7-5
(4) #102 Maria Sanchez (USC) def. #109 Tinesta Rowe (FSU) - 6-0, 6-3
(5) #110 Leyla Entekhabi (USC) def. Jacqueline Haskett (FSU) - 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6)
(6) Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Danon Beatty (FSU) - 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 4, 6, 2*, 3, 5, 1

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