Fink And Niculescu End NCAA Run In Quarterfinals

May 24, 2008

TULSA, OKLA. - NCAA Championship competition came to a close for USC's Amanda Fink and Gabriela Niculescu after a hard-fought day of quarterfinal action at Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center. Fink began the day with her first career appearance in the NCAA Singles Quarterfinals, taking Auburn's Fani Chifchieva to three sets before falling to round out the junior's singles season. Another three-set battle was in store for Fink before the day was over, as she teamed back up with Niculescu in the NCAA Doubles Quarterfinals that afternoon in Tulsa, falling to the No. 3 seeded team from Notre Dame.

Fink can claim a powerful junior season with the Trojans, holding a 38-10 overall singles record capped by her first trip to the NCAA quarterfinals. Fink had captured three dominant straight-set wins to open her 2008 NCAA singles campaign, but had a tougher time in the quarterfinal round. In Saturday's singles play, sixth-seeded Fink came up against Fani Chifchieva of Auburn and was edged out by a tiebreaker in the first set. Fink powered back in the second, rallying to a 6-3 win before Chifchieva answered back with a strong third set to claim the win and move into the semifinals with a 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-0 decision.

Hours later, Fink was back on the courts with teammate Niculescu for the doubles quarterfinals. A 5-8 seed in the doubles competition, Fink/Niculescu came up against the tournament's No. 3 seed Buck/Tefft of Notre Dame. The Women of Troy tacked up a win in the first set, but the Fighting Irish pair came back and grabbed the win with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory. The 2008 Pac-10 Doubles Champions, Fink/Niculescu wrap up their successful first season of competition together with a 35-11 overall record in doubles play.

Michael D. Case Tennis Center (Tulsa, Okla.)
Round of 64 (Wed., May 21)
Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. (9-16) Megan Falcon (LSU) - 6-3, 6-4
Gabriela Niculescu (USC) def. Katie Rybakova (Florida State) - 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (8)
(6) Amanda Fink (USC) def. Julie Cohen (Florida) - 6-4, 6-0

Round of 32 (Thurs., May 22)
Reka Zsilinszka (Duke) def Lindsey Nelson (USC) - 6-2, 7-6 (3)
Laura Vallverdu (Miami) def. Gabriela Niculescu (USC) - 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
(6) Amanda Fink (USC) def. Lauren Lui (Northwestern) - 6-1, 6-0

Round of 16 (Fri., May 23)
(6) Amanda Fink (USC) def. (9-16) Megan Moulton-Levy (William & Mary) - 6-2, 6-1

Quarterfinals (Sat. May 24)
(9-16) Fani Chifchieva (Auburn) def. (6) Amanda Fink (USC) - 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-0

Michael D. Case Tennis Center (Tulsa, Okla.)
Round of 32 (Thurs., May 22)
(5-8) Fink/Niculescu (USC) def. Whoriskey/Zubor (Tennessee) - 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2

Round of 16 (Fri., May 23)
(5-8) Fink/Niculescu (USC) def. Babos/Kusano (Cal) - 6-3, 7-5

Quarterfinals (Sat. May 24)
(3) Buck/Tefft (ND) def. (5-8) Fink/Niculescu (USC) - 4-6, 6-3, 6-0

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