No. 17 USC Women Stop San Diego With 5-2 Win|
Feb. 25, 2011
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. - The No. 17 USC women's tennis team notched its fourth straight win with a 5-2 road victory over host San Diego today. The Trojans put a stop to a four-match win streak held by the Toreros, and improved their own record on the year to 7-1. Danielle Lao secured the clinching singles match with a comeback victory for the sophomore's fourth straight win.
The Women of Troy swept the doubles point with strong wins down the line for some good momentum going into singles play. The Toreros evened the score with a win at the No. 4 position by Juliette Coupez over USC's Alison Ramos, but freshman Kaitlyn Christian boosted USC back ahead with her straight-set win over Laura Claus at the No. 3 spot. Again, the Toreros would close the gap, locking up with the Trojans again when Maja Sujica topped Cristala Andrews from court six to make it 2-2. USC would edge ahead once more on Valeria Pulido's eighth consecutive singles win - a straight-set victory at No. 5 over Anna Depenau. Win streaks were also extended for Danielle Lao and Maria Sanchez, who both gutted out three-set comeback wins to add to the Trojan tally. #25 Lao pulled through first with the clincher, bouncing back solidly for an 0-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over Josymar Escalona on court two, getting the sophomore her fourth consecutive singles win. Meanwhile, #1 Sanchez regrouped from a first-set loss to work her way out to her 16th consecutive win on a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory over #66 Stephanie Hoffpauir.
The Women of Troy now prep for their first look at crosstown rival UCLA. USC pays a visit to the Bruins on Wednesday (March 2) in a 1:30 p.m. showdown.
#17 USC 5, #27 San Diego 2