Women's Tennis
    Texas A&M Stuns Women's Tennis In Championship Opener

    Feb. 5, 2004

    MADISON, Wisc. -- No. 25 Texas A&M stunned the fifth-ranked USC women's tennis team with a 4-3 upset-victory in the opening round of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship on Thursday morning at A.C. Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wisc.. With the win, the Aggies advance to the winners bracket and will face No. 4 California in Friday's quarterfinal. The Women of Troy will play BYU on Friday in the consolation bracket.

    While the loss was the Trojans' first of the season (4-1), the win helped Texas A&M improve to 2-2 overall and marked the program's biggest win ever. The Aggies had never beat a team ranked higher than sixth in the ITA polls.

    USC got off to a strong start by winning the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and 2 positions. No. 42 Luana Magnani and Carine Vermeulen upset the Aggies' 22nd-ranked duo of Jessica Roland and Helga Vieira, 8-2, at center court to start the morning. Melissa Esmero and Dianne Matias followed their lead and defeated Texas A&M's Roberta Spencer and Lauren Walker, 8-6, at No.2.

    The momentum quickly shifted when singles play began.

    At court one, Roland was defeating Magnani, 6-0, 3-0, when Magnani was forced to retire the match, giving TAMU its first point of the day. Shortly after, the Aggies' Nicki Mechem beat Esmero at court five, 6-1, 6-2, and Spencer defeated Anca Anastasiu at the No. 3 spot, 7-6, 6-3, to give the Aggies a 3-1 lead.

    USC's Vermeulen brought the Women of Troy within one point, 3-2, by defeating Vieira, 8-6, 6-2, at the No. 2 spot, but it took Texas A&M only one more match to clinch the victory when Anna Lubinsky defeated Bernadette Bayani, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 6.



    #25 Texas A&M 4, #5 USC 3

    (1) #42 Magnani/Vermeulen (USC) def. #22 Roland/Vieira (TAMU) - 8-2
    (2) Esmero/Matias (USC) def. Spencer/Walker (TAMU) - 8-6
    (3) Lubinsky/Mechem (TAMU) def. Anastasiu/Bayani (USC) - 8-6
    USC wins doubles point.

    (1) #26 Jessica Roland (TAMU) def. #24 Luana Magnani (USC) - 6-0, 3-0 (ret.)
    (2) #71 Carine Vermeulen (USC) def. Helga Vieira (TAMU) - 7-6 (6), 6-2
    (3) Roberta Spencer (TAMU) def. Anca Anastasiu (USC) - 7-6 (4), 6-3
    (4) Dianne Matias (USC) def. Lauren Walker (TAMU) - 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (5)
    (5) Nicki Mechem (TAMU) def. Melissa Esmero (USC) - 6-1, 6-2
    (6) Anna Lubinsky (TAMU) def. Bernadette Bayani (USC) - 6-3, 6-0*

    Order of finish: D1, D2, D3, S1, S5, S3, S2, S6, S4
    *match-clinching victory