Amanda Fink Takes Aim At Pac-10 Titles

April 26, 2008

OJAI, CALIF. - For the fourth straight year, USC has pushed a player through to the Pac-10 Singles Championship match. Making her second career appearance in the title match is second-seeded Trojan junior Amanda Fink, who has plowed through competition in Ojai with straight-set wins across the board. She will face UCLA's fourth-seeded Riza Zalameda at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday (April 27) to the Pac-10 singles crown. Later in the day, Fink will get back to the courts, teaming up with Gabriela Niculescu to play for the Pac-10 Doubles Championship against Cal's Cossou/Ilcinkas.

USC has claimed two of the past three Pac-10 singles titles. The first-ever crown was claimed by Nicole Leimbach in 2005, and Lindsey Nelson won the title in 2007. Fink reached the 2006 final but fell to Cal's Suzi Fodor. This 2008 campaign for Fink has been a strong one, as the junior captured a string of straight-set wins leading up to this 2008 Pac-10 singles final appearance. On Saturday, Fink took down seventh-seeded Nadia Abdala of ASU with a 6-3, 6-2 semifinal decision to move into tomorrow's championship match against Zalameda.

But that won't be the end of the day's action for Fink. She will pair up with Gabriela Niculescu for the Pac-10 Doubles championship match in the afternoon. Second-seeded Fink/Niculescu's doubles run has seen lopsided wins by the Trojans down the stretch, capped by Saturday's 8-4 semifinal win over Cal's No. 4 seeded Babos/Kusano. The only other USC women's doubles team to claim the Pac-10 title was Lupita Novelo/Ginny Purdy in 1987.

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Pac-10 Singles Championship Matches
Leyla Entekhabi
First round: lost to (8) Tracy Lin (UCLA) - 6-1, 6-4

Sarah Fansler
First round: lost to Bojana Bobusic (CAL) - 5-7, 6-3, 6-3

(2) Amanda Fink
First round: def. Anna Powaska (ORE) - 6-2, 6-2
Round of 16: def. Danielle Steinberg (ARIZ) - 6-2, 6-2
Quarterfinals: def. Cristina Visico (CAL) - 6-0, 6-1
Semifinals: def. (7) Nadia Abdala (ASU) - 6-3, 6-2
Championship: vs. (4) Riza Zalameda (UCLA) - 9:30 a.m.

Gabriela Niculescu
First round: def. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) - 6-0, 6-2
Round of 16: def. Susie Babos (CAL) - 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2
Quarterfinals: lost to Riza Zalameda (UCLA) - 7-5, 7-5

Maria Sanchez
First round: lost to (7) Nadia Abdala (ASU) - 7-5, 6-3

Pac-10 Singles Invitational Matches
Lyndsay Kinstler
First round: def. Aleksandra Krsljanin (WASH) - 7-5, 7-5
Round of 16: lost to Jennifer Yen (STAN) - 6-3, 5-7, 6-3

(6) Cristala Andrews
First round: def. Ashley Anderson (WASH) - 6-1, 6-3
Round of 16: def. Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA) - 6-2, 6-1
Quarterfinals: lost to Lauren Megale (ASU) - 3-6, 6-2, 7-5

Pac-10 Doubles Championship Matches
(2) Fink/Niculescu
Round of 16: def. Masschelein/Steinberg (ARIZ) - 8-2
Quarterfinals: def. Anonsen/Chan (WASH) - 8-2
Semifinals: def. (4) Babos/Kusano (CAL) - 8-4
Championship: vs. Cossou/Ilcinkas (CAL) - 12:30 p.m. Sunday

Pac-10 Doubles Invitational Matches
(1) Andrews/Sanchez
Round of 16: def. Gherman/Gomez (WSU) - 8-1
Quarterfinals: def. MacFarlane/Olivos (ORE) - 8-3
Semifinals: lost to (4) McGoodwin/Remynse (UCLA) - 8-3

Round of 16: lost to Krsljanin/Rainey (WASH) - w/o (inj)

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