Women's Tennis
    Women Of Troy Rally To Beat UCLA, 5-2

    March 3, 2004

    LOS ANGELES - After dropping the doubles point, the 13th-ranked USC women's tennis team (6-3, 1-0 Pac-10) rallied to win five singles matches and defeat crosstown rival No. 11 UCLA, 5-2, on Wednesday afternoon at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the win, the Women of Troy complete a season sweep of the Bruins (6-5, 0-1 Pac-10) and secure all five points towards the Lexus Gauntlet.

    The Bruins grabbed a pair of victories to earn the doubles point in what seemed like a strong start. First to finish was court No. 3, where Judy DeVera and Melissa Esmero fell to UCLA's Lauren Fisher and Laura Gordon, 8-4. Despite a USC win at the No. 3 spot, the doubles point was decided at center court as UCLA's Jackie Carleton and Feriel Esseghir defeated Luana Magnani and Carine Vermeulen, 8-3.

    Down 1-0, USC took advantage of every opportunity in singles play. The Women of Troy tied the match at 1-1 when DeVera got a little payback by defeating Gordon, 7-5, 6-1, at court five. In the first meeting with the Bruins on Jan. 30, DeVera suffered a sprained ankle and was forced to retire a match in which she led convincingly.

    UCLA pulled back in the lead when Fisher beat Dianne Matias , 6-4, 6-2, at No. 4, but that was the last advantage the Bruins would hold. Anca Anastasiu and Bernadette Bayani posted a pair of wins at courts 3 and 6, to give the Women of Troy a 3-2 advantage.

    With only one more victory necessary, USC was forced to wait quite a while for a final decision. In a match that lasted nearly six-and-a-half hours, it was Vermeulen who eventually collected the deciding point. Vermeulen defeated Esseghir, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, at No. 2. To top off the afternoon for the Women of Troy, Magnani posted one final victory by upsetting UCLA's 13th-ranked Carleton, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, at center court.



    USC returns to action this Friday, March 5, when it hosts Oregon at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium.

    #13 USC 5, #11 UCLA 2

    (1) #3 Carleton/Esseghir (UCLA) def. #9 Magnani/Vermeulen (USC) - 8-4
    (2) Fisher/Gordon (UCLA) def. Esmero/DeVera (USC) - 8-4
    (3) Anastasiu/Matias (USC) def. Bercek/Gregg (UCLA) - 8-3
    UCLA wins doubles point.

    (1) #72 Luana Magnani (USC) def. #13 Jackie Carleton (UCLA) - 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
    (2) Carine Vermeulen (USC) def. Feriel Esseghir (UCLA) - 6-3, 6-7, 6-4*
    (3) Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Sarah Gregg (UCLA) - 7-5, 6-2
    (4) Lauren Fisher (UCLA) def. Dianne Matias (USC) - 6-4, 6-2
    (5) Judy DeVera (USC) def. Laura Gordon (UCLA) - 7-5, 6-1
    (6) Bernadette Bayani (USC) def. Shilpa Joshi (UCLA) - 6-4, 6-7, 7-5
    * match clinching point

    Order of finish: 5, 4, 3, 6, 2, 1