No. 17 USC Women Top No. 22 Texas 6-1|
Feb. 13, 2011
The No. 17 USC women's tennis team rounded out a winning week with the Trojans' third straight win in beating No. 22 Texas 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at Marks Stadium. USC grabbed the doubles point and then rattled off wins in the next five singles to put away the Longhorns. The Women of Troy improve to 6-1 overall with the victory.
Doubles action saw some tight matches as the Women of Troy won two out of three to go up 1-0 in the match. The pair of Lyndsay Kinstler and Danielle Lao finished first on court three with an 8-2 win over Juliana Gajic and Caroline Larsson. On court one, the Longhorns' Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Amanda Craddock came out ahead of USC's Valeria Pulido and Alison Ramos 8-6. The doubles point came down to USC's Kaitlyn Christian and Maria Sanchez. After the Trojans went up 5-0 in the match, the Longhorns rallied to win the next three. The two pairs battled back and forth until Christian/Sanchez were able to come out ahead 8-5, giving USC a 1-0 lead heading into singles.
Singles play saw both speedy and lengthy matches. Court five featured Valeria Pulido as she finished first and came out on top of Texas' Elizabeth Begley 6-1, 6-0. #10 Danielle Lao followed suit on court two defeating Krista Damico 6-3, 6-4. In a battle of top-10 singles players, USC's #3 Maria Sanchez clinched the match for the Trojans as she fought it out with Texas' #8 Aeriel Ellis. Sanchez won the first set 6-3 and was able to break Ellis in the last game to come out ahead in the second set 7-5.
Cristala Andrews fell behind on court six to Gaytan-Leach, dropping the first set 6-4. Andrews, however, didn't waver, and rallied back with two 6-3 wins in the second and third matches, giving USC a 5-0 lead. Over on court four, #110 Kaitlyn Christian won her first set over Gajic 6-3, but fell in the second 2-6, forcing a third and final set. The freshman handled the third set with ease, defeating Gajic 6-1. All eyes then turned to court three as Alison Ramos faced off against Maggie Mello in the last remaining match. The first set went to Ramos as she battled for a 7-5 victory. Mello then came back to hand Ramos a 2-6 loss in the second set. After going into an 0-3 hole in the third, Ramos fought back and got the set to go into a tiebreaker. There, Mello was able to come out ahead of Ramos with a 7-2 win in the tiebreak, avoiding a sweep and giving Texas its lone point.
#17 USC 6, #22 Texas 1