No. 10 USC Women Are Edged 4-3 By No. 11 UCLA|
March 5, 2009
WESTWOOD, CALIF. - The No. 10 USC women's tennis team fought back to take a lead on host No. 11 UCLA, but the Bruins pulled out a pair of three-set singles battles to claim a 4-3 win over the Trojans on Thursday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. USC moves to 8-2 overall with the loss, while UCLA goes to 11-2.
A rainy Wednesday interrupted the flow of play and pushed the match conclusion to Thursday. The teams were able to get through doubles action on Wednesday and got started with singles before we weather suspended play. USC trailed UCLA 1-0 entering today's continuation after the Bruins claimed Wednesday's doubles point. In singles, the Women of Troy led at the No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 positions before the rains stalled out competition for the day.
Back in action under clear skies on Thursday, UCLA made it a 2-0 lead on the Trojans with #19 Yasmin Schnack's 6-2, 6-4 win over #22 Sarah Fansler at the No. 1 position. The Women of Troy had an answer, however, and pounded out three straight singles wins to grab the lead. #54 Gabriela Niculescu started the winning kick with a 6-2, 6-3 win over #112 Nina Pantic at the No. 4 slot. At the No. 3 position, #29 Amanda Fink tied up the match 2-2 with her 6-2, 6-3 win over #81 Maya Johansson.
Bringing USC into its first lead of the match was #15 Maria Sanchez at No. 2. She had teamed up with Alison Ramos at the No. 3 doubles position the day before to claim USC's lone doubles win, and the sophomore rallied again in singles to take a 6-4, 6-2 victory over UCLA's #27 Andrea Remynse.
With the Trojans within reach of clinching victory, up 3-2, the deciding matches raged on at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions. Both #61 Alison Ramos at No. 5 and Leyla Entekhabi at No. 6 were able to get up a break on their Bruin opponents during their respective matches, but UCLA came back in both cases. The No. 6 match between Entekhabi and Carling Seguso was decided first, with Seguso battling back for a 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 win that tied up the match 3-3. Meanwhile, Ramos and Ashley Joelson had gone to a second-set tiebreaker that Joelson edged through to push the match to a third set. The Bruin managed a comeback push in the third to push past USC freshman Ramos and claim a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win that ended the match as a 4-3 UCLA win.
The Trojans now return to their home Marks Stadium for a 12 p.m. match against Pac-10 opponent Oregon on Saturday (March 7).
No. 11 UCLA 4, No. 10 USC 3