No. 7 USC Women Tripped Up By Sun Devils|
March 16, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The No. 7 USC women's tennis team, who recieved their first top-10 ranking since February 2010 this week, fell to No. 21 Arizona State Wednesday afternoon at Marks Stadium. The Trojans looked solid as they swept doubles play, but they stumbled in singles action dropping four of six matches on their way to a 4-3 loss. USC goes to 11-3 with the loss while ASU moves to 10-3.
Doubles matches got underway with the No. 7 team of Kaitlyn Christian and Maria Sanchez taking down No. 30 Hein/McKenna 8-4 on court one. Lyndsay Kinstler and Danielle Lao were up next in the No. 2 slot scoring the 8-4 win over Brycki/Cako to seal the doubles point. Cristala Andrews and Alison Ramos fished up for the Trojans by defeating the No. 57 tandem of Brown/ Simmons 8-3.
USC carried their winning ways over to singles play as No. 1 Maria Sanchez won in straight sets 6-0, 6-3 over No. 17 Kelcy McKenna on court one. Fellow senior Lyndsay Kinstler followed suit on court six with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Ashlee Brown to put the Trojans up 3-0 for the day. Unfortunately that would also mark the last point of the day for the Women of Troy.
The Sun Devils would rattle off four straight singles wins to cap an impressive comeback over USC. Kaitlyn Christian fell to Micaela Hein 6-3, 6-4 on court three to get ASU on the board. No. 25 Danielle Lao, who was bothered by elbow soreness and required a lengthy medical timeout, played an intense match before falling 6-3, 6-3 to No. 16 Jacqueline Cako in the No. 2 slot. With the match tightening up, Cristala Andrews went to a third set with Michell Brycki on court five before falling 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3.
With the match tied at 3-3 all eyes shifted to court four as Alison Ramos battled with No. 111 Hannah James. After dropping the first set 7-5, Ramos bounced back to take the second frame 6-2 and force a third game. Falling behind 3-0, Ramos refused to go down without a fight as she he managed to cut the deficit to 5-4 but James proved to be too much on this day, closing out the set 6-4 to cap the win for ASU.
The Women of Troy return to action Friday (March 25) at 1:30 p.m. to host Cal at Marks Stadium.
#21 Arizona State 4, #9 USC 3