No. 4 USC Grabs 4-3 Win Over No. 6 California|
Feb. 18, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- Skies stayed clear for the fourth-ranked USC women's tennis team's match with No. 6 California on Saturday afternoon, giving the Women of Troy the space to tack up a 4-3 win over the Bears at Mark Stadium. After securing the doubles point with a pair of wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles slots, the Trojans managed three straight-set victories in singles to lock down their fifth win and hold them undefeated on the 2006 dual match season. California moves to 6-2 on the year with the loss.
Lindsey Nelson and Luana Magnani teamed up to drop their Cal doubles opponents 8-2 for a little Trojan momentum in the dual match, and Amanda Fink and Judy DeVera battled to an 8-6 victory at the No. 3 doubles position to claim the doubles point for USC despite a 9-8 loss for Dianne Matias and Carine Vermeulen at No. 2.
In singles action, Fink powered through her match with Suzi Babos for a 6-0, 6-3 win, and Matias dispatched Claire Ilcinkas 6-3, 6-3. Magnani also tallied a big win in singles with a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Jessica Shu to help ensure a victory for the Women of Troy. At the No. 1 singles position, Cal's Zsuzsanna Fodor beat Lindsey Nelson 6-3, 6-3, and the Bears also claimed wins at the No. 5 and 6 singles slots in three-set victories.
USC next faces top-ranked Stanford for the continuation of their Friday match that was postponed due to rain. The Trojans and Cardinal are to resume play with USC leading 1-0 in the match and up in the first set in four singles matches. The match will resume at 11 a.m. at Marks Stadium on Sunday (Feb. 19).
#4 USC 4, #6 California 3
(1) Magnani/Nelson (USC) def. Babos/Kusano (CAL) -- 8-2
(2) Fodor/Ilcinkas (CAL) def. Matias/Vermeulen (USC) -- 9-8
(3) DeVera/Fink (USC) def. Shu/Visico (CAL) -- 8-6
USC wins doubles point