No. 10 USC Women Tops No. 14 ASU 5-2

March 11, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 10 USC women's tennis team nabbed a 5-2 home win on Wednesday with a smooth start to its match against visiting No. 14 Arizona State. With a run through doubles to take an early lead, the Trojans strung together three straight-set singles wins to work toward victory and wound up with a 5-2 win over the Sun Devils at Marks Stadium. USC improves to 10-2 with today's win.

USC set the tone with a series of solid doubles wins led off by an 8-5 upset by USC's #12 Amanda Fink / Gabriela Niculescu over ASU's #10 Hein/McKenna at the No. 1 position. At No. 2, #62 Sarah Fansler / Lyndsay Kinstler pulled away from Abdala/Abdala for another 8-5 USC victory to clinch the doubles point for the Women of Troy. And finishing off the sweep from the No. 3 slot was #71 Alison Ramos / Maria Sanchez, who pinned up an 8-6 win over Brown/Simmons to bring up the singles action.

Playing at No. 3 was senior #29 Amanda Fink, who drilled her ASU opponent #71 Micaela Hein with a 6-2, 6-0 win to put USC ahead 2-0 in the match. The bottom three singles slots all saw the Trojans take the first set and then get locked up 4-4 down the line in the second. #61 Alison Ramos was the first to pull out of her second-set tie-up, as the freshman pushed out to a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Ashlee Brown to make it 3-0 USC. Next up was USC's Leyla Entekhabi, who broke free of Sianna Simmons at the No. 6 position and took a 6-1, 6-4 win of her own to clinch the match for the Trojans, up 4-0.

ASU grabbed its first point of the match from the No. 1 position, where USC's #15 Maria Sanchez was up against the nation's #3 Kelcy McKenna. Sanchez came close to forcing a third set, but McKenna sidestepped the threat and got a 6-2, 6-4 win to make it 4-1 USC. Meanwhile, at No. 4, Gabriela Niculescu - after winning the first set 6-0 - fell behind 0-3 in the second to Laila Abdala. But Niculescu rallied back and wound up taking the match 6-0, 7-5 to put USC up 5-1. That left the No. 2 singles match still raging. There, ASU's Nadia Abdala got ahead of USC's #22 Sarah Fansler to come back and win the second set to force a 10-point tiebreak. Abdala got out ahead of Fansler in the tiebreak, and the Sun Devils captured their second point of the match with Abdala's 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5) win over Fansler.

USC gets right back to action tomorrow (March 12) for a 3:30 p.m. match against William and Mary at Marks Stadium.

#10 USC 5, #14 Arizona State 2
(1) #12 Fink/Niculescu (USC) def. #10 Hein/McKenna (ASU) - 8-5
(2) #62 Fansler/Kinstler (USC) def. #50 Abdala/Abdala (ASU) - 8-5
(3) #71 Ramos/Sanchez (USC) def. Brown/Simmons (ASU) 8-6
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3

(1) #3 Kelcy McKenna (ASU) def #15 Maria Sanchez (USC) - 6-2, 6-4
(2) Nadia Abdala (ASU) def. #22 Sarah Fansler (USC) - 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5)
(3) #29 Amanda Fink (USC) def. #71 Micaela Hein (ASU) - 6-3, 6-0
(4) #54 Gabriela Niculescu (USC) def. Laila Abdala (ASU) - 6-0, 7-5
(5) #61 Alison Ramos (USC) def. Ashlee Brown (ASU) - 6-1,6-4
(6) Leyla Entekhabi (USC) def. Sianna Simmons (ASU) - 6-1, 6-4*
Order of finish: 3, 5, 6*, 1, 4, 2

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