No. 11 USC Women Edge No. 19 UCLA 4-3|
March 8, 2007
WESTWOOD, CALIF. - The No. 11 USC women's tennis team pulled out an extremely tight win over crosstown rival UCLA on Thursday afternoon at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Women of Troy grabbed the doubles point thanks to an 8-4 win by #37 Judy DeVera / Amanda Fink, then went on to engage in five three-set singles matches. Freshman Sarah Fansler ended up clinching the win for the Trojans with a 6-4, 3-6, 5-2 victory after her Bruin opponent Tracy Lin retired from the match due to injury while behind three games to Fansler at the No. 2 singles slot. USC improves to 9-2 overall with the win, while No. 19 UCLA moves to 8-5 overall.
USC got out of the gates with a win as Lindsey Nelson / Julie Smekodub posted an 8-3 win at the No. 1 doubles position over McGoodwin/Zalameda. Both those Trojans would go on to grab crucial three-set singles wins, but first, the doubles point hung in the balance after UCLA's #46 Lumpkin/Wetmore topped #25 Sarah Fansler / Dianne Matias 8-4 at the No. 3 slot. That's where DeVera/Fink stepped in and beat out UCLA pair Joelson/Schnack 8-4 to secure the vital doubles point for the Trojans.
As the teams moved on to singles, UCLA evened the score with a 6-4, 6-4 win by #36 Yasmin Schnack over USC's Amanda Fink at the No. 3 position. From there, the rest of the matches raged into three sets. UCLA had won the first set in three of those remaining matches, but USC came back to win two of them to move into position for the win. First, #13 Lindsey Nelson fought out of a first-set hole to beat #24 Riza Zalameda 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 1 position to get USC ahead 2-1. The Bruins tied it up again when Ashley Joelson held on to beat Anca Anastasiu 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at No. 4. Then it was Trojan Julie Smekodub's turn to stage a comeback from her No. 6 slot, powering to a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Elizabeth Lumpkin to push USC ahead 3-2 in the match. After winning the first set, Sarah Fansler slipped in the second to Tracy Lin before positioning herself for victory in the third set. Fansler was poised to win, leading 6-4, 3-6, 5-2 when Lin was forced to retire due to injury, leaving USC with the match-clinching victory at the No. 2 singles spot, ahead 4-2 in the match. At the No. 5 position, UCLA's Alex McGoodwin pushed #91 Dianne Matias into a third set and pulled out the win with a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 final that put the dual match score at 4-3 in USC's favor.
The Women of Troy return to action next week with three home matches. USC first faces Texas in nonconference action at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday (March 14), then faces two Pac-10 opponents in Arizona State at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (March 16) and Arizona at 12 p.m. on Saturday (March 17).
#11 USC 4, #19 UCLA 3