Women's Tennis
    No. 7 USC Women Fall To No. 1 Duke

    Feb. 13, 2010

    MADISON, WISC. -- The No. 7 USC women's tennis team went up against the nation's No. 1 squad in today's quarterfinals at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, falling to top-ranked Duke 4-2. USC picked up its points during singles play as the Women of Troy got wins at the No. 1 and No. 6 positions with #8 Maria Sanchez and Cristala Andrews pounding out straight-set wins for the Trojans. USC goes to 6-1 overall with today's loss to the No. 1 Blue Devils.

    Doubles play went Duke's way with decisive wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions to bring up singles play with the Blue Devils leading 1-0. Duke went ahead 2-0 as Elizabeth Poltkin managed a 6-1, 6-4 win over #18 Danielle Lao at the No. 3 position. USC's top gun Maria Sanchez had the ranking advantage over her opponent #20 Reka Zsilinszka, and the #8-ranked Trojan topped her foe 6-3, 6-4 to get USC on the board and make it 2-1. the Blue Devils pushed through to victory next, however, with Leyla Entekhabi falling 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5 and #37 Valeria Pulido taking a rare loss -- her first of dual-match play -- with a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Duke's Amanda Granson at No. 4. That got Duke the win, but USC had the last word as Cristala Andrews finished off her opponent Mary Clayton at No. 6 with a 6-4, 6-4 decision. #39 Alison Ramos had her match suspended in the third set with the match decided in Duke's favor.

    USC's next opponent at the ITA National Indoors is still to be determined, but the Trojans will play at 3:30 p.m. CT tomorrow (Feb. 14) in Madison, Wisc.

     

     

    ITA NATIONAL TEAM INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (Madison, Wisc.)
    Quarterfinals -- Feb. 13, 2010
    #1 Duke 4, #7 USC 2
    DOUBLES
    (1) Granson/Nze (DUKE) def. Kinstler/Sanchez (USC) -- 8-3
    (2) Plotkin/Zsilinszk (DUKE) def. Lao/Ramos (USC) -- 8-1
    (3) Andrews/Pulido (USC) vs. Gorny/Stiles (DUKE) -- 8-7 susp.
    Duke wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 2, 1
    SINGLES
    (1) #8 Maria Sanchez (USC) def. #20 Reka Zsilinszka (DUKE) -- 6-3, 6-4
    (2) #39 Alison Ramos (USC) vs. #91 Ellah Nze (DUKE) -- 6-4, 1-6, 3-4 susp.
    (3) Elizabeth Plotkin (DUKE) def. #18 Danielle Lao (USC) -- 6-1, 6-4
    (4) Amanda Granson (DUKE) def. #37 Valeria Pulido (USC) -- 6-3, 6-2*
    (5) #63 Monica Gorny (DUKE) def. Leyla Entekhabi (USC) -- 6-4, 6-4
    (6) Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Mary Clayton (DUKE) -- 6-4, 6-4
    Order of finish: 3, 1, 5, 4*, 6