No. 4 USC Back On Track With 5-2 Win Over No. 17 Arizona State|
Feb. 24, 2006
TEMPE, ARIZ. -- The fourth-ranked USC women's tennis team posted an important 5-2 win on the road over Pac-10 foe Arizona State, which is ranked No. 17 in the nation. The Sun Devils were undefeated with six straight wins until the Trojans dealt them Friday's loss. USC improves to 6-1 with the win.
For the first time this season, USC did not win the doubles point in the match, as Dianne Matias / Carine Vermeulen were the only Trojan pair to post a doubles victory. But the Women of Troy pounded out four two-set victories to claim the match win. Carine Vermeulen started the winning turnaround for the Trojans with a 6-3, 6-0 in over Jessica Lietch at No. 5 singles. Lindsey Nelson -- ranked #90 in the latest ITA rankings -- took care of business at the No. 1 position with a 6-1, 6-4 win over #65 Sabrina Cappanolo, and then top-ranked Amanda Fink cleared out a 6-0, 7-5 victory at the No. 2 slot to give the Trojans a 3-1 edge in the match. #48 Luana Magnani kept her singles winning streak alive with a dominating 6-1, 6-4 win over #50 Rebecca Rankin. The victory marked Magnani's sixth straight win at the No. 4 position in dual matches and also locked away the match win for the Women of Troy.
USC next faces No. 45 Arizona at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 25) in Tucson, Ariz.
#4 USC 5, #17 Arizona State 2