USC Takes 4-3 Loss At ASU|
March 13, 2010
TEMPE, ARIZ. - The No. 13 USC women's tennis team took a tough road loss on Saturday, falling 4-3 in a marathon match to No. 32 Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. After winning the doubles point, USC had five singles matches extend to three sets, with the match decided on court three as Kelcy McKenna edged out Danielle Lao. USC moves to 8-6 overall with the loss.
The Women of Troy captured the doubles point with some tough play from Lao/Ramos and Fansler/Kinstler. Although USC's Pulido/Sanchez fell 8-5 on court one, Fansler/Kinstler pinned up an 8-6 win at the No. 3 position. Lao/Ramos came up big with a 9-7 win at No. 2, securing a 1-0 lead for the Trojans with singles coming up next.
The court five singles match finished up first in a three-setter as ASU evened the score with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-0 win by Michelle Brycki over Sarah Fansler. The Sun Devils crept into the lead with Sianna Simmons' 6-2, 7-6 (4) win over Lyndsay Kinstler. Then it was USC's turn to take over the lead. #21 Alison Ramos held strong for a 6-1, 0-6, 6-3 win over Nadia Abdala, locking it up 2-2. #3 Maria Sanchez then reeled off a comeback win over Micaela Hein, powering to a 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 1 to put USC ahead 3-2. That left battles continue to rage at the No. 3 and No. 4 positions. At No. 4, USC's #91 freshman Valeria Pulido was edged out in a third-set tiebreaker by Hannah James in a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4) decision that put it at a 3-3 draw. The decider was court three. ASU's #102 Kelcy McKenna clinched things for the Sun Devils with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
The USC women next face Fresno State at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday (March 17) at Marks Stadium.
#32 Arizona State 4, #13 USC 3