No. 7 USC Women Pull Out 4-3 Win Over Orange|
LOS ANGELES - The No. 7 USC women's tennis team impressed early and stumbled late to pull out a 4-3 win over Syracuse Tuesday afternoon at Marks Stadium. After securing what would prove to be a crucial doubles point, the Trojans split the six singles matches to ensure the victory. USC improves to 11-2 overall for the season. The Orange, led by former two-time USC All-American Luke Jensen, fall to 10-3 overall.
Doubles action got underway with the team of Danielle Lao and Lyndsay Kinstler picking up a quick win over Parra/Kalhorn on court two 8-3. On court three, Cristala Andrews and Alison Ramos wasted no time taking down Raskiewicz/Marrow 8-2 to lock up the doubles point for the Trojans. Things didn't go as smoothly for the No. 7 team of Kaitlyn Christian and Maria Sanchez who found themselves down early and eventually fell 8-5 to Harman/Kolbet.
Up 1-0 to start singles play, USC would put together a string of victories to clinch the match early on. Kaitlyn Christian, coming off the doubles loss, played an inspired match on court two as she won in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 over Maddie Kobelt. After regaining the top spot in today' rankings, No. 1 Maria Sanchez also won in resounding fashion 6-1, 6-1 over Emily Harman on center court. With the match on the line and the team cruising, Cristala Andrews seized the opportunity to close things out as she picked apart Christina Tan 6-0, 6-2 in from the No. 4 slot.
Fortunately for USC, the team win was secure because things did not go as planned in the remaining singles matches. On court six Hayley Miller fell to Aleah Marrow in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 to give Syracuse its first point of the day. After winning the first set, Alison Ramos dropped the second frame 0-6 before Alessondra Parra closed out the 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (12-10) win for the Orange. In the day's final match, Lyndsay Kinstler, who received treatment on her shoulder in the second set, fell to Simone Kalhorn 6-2, 7-5 on court five.
The Women of Troy return to action tomorrow (March 16) at 1:30 pm as they face No. 21 Arizona State at Marks Stadium.
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