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
Order of finish: D1, D2, D3, S1, S5, S3, S2, S6, S4