Women's Tennis
    No. 10 USC Breaks No. 8 Cal With 4-3 Win
    Amanda Fink got her 11th straight win today to clinch USC's upset of Cal.
    Amanda Fink got her 11th straight win today to clinch USC's upset of Cal.

    March 27, 2009

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 10 USC women's tennis team got a strong upset win over No. 8 California to kick off Pac-10 action for the Trojans, beating the Bears 4-3 at Marks Stadium. The Women of Troy got ahead early on the Bears, going up 4-1 with a set of three straight-set wins capped by #26 Amanda Fink's 6-4-, 6-4 win at the No. 3 position that pushed the senior's singles win streak out to 11 straight. With today's win, USC improves to 14-2 overall and takes a 2-0 start in Pac-10 matches. The Trojans have another big Pac-10 match tomorrow, taking a six-match win streak into a 12 p.m. match with No. 11 Stanford on Saturday (March 28) at Marks Stadium.

     

    Against the Bears, the Trojans plowed through doubles play thanks to a kickoff 8-0 shutout by Alison Ramos / Maria Sanchez over Chang/Ravelojaona at the No. 3 position. Meanwhile, at No. 1, USC's #10 combo of Amanda Fink / Gabriela Niculescu charged past Andersson/Bobusic to take the point for USC with an 8-5 win. At No. 2, USC's #52 Sarah Fansler / Lyndsay Kinstler tacked up a solid upset of Cal's #9 Cossou/Ilcinkas by making some space against the Bears on the way to an 8-5 decision that push the teams into singles play with USC leading 1-0.

    Early in singles play, USC's #13 Maria Sanchez had to retire from her No. 1 match against #17 Jana Juricova due to injury. The Bears were even with the Trojans 1-1 after that, but the Women of Troy quickly dashed and Cal's hopes of a comeback. At No. 6, Leyla Entekhabi rolled past Stephany Chang 6-1, 6-1 to make it 2-1. Soon after, #62 Alison Ramos punched through with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Marion Revelojaona at the No. 5 slot. Serving up the deciding win for USC was #26 Amanda Fink, who came back from an 0-2 deficit in the second set and later broke a 4-4 tie with a break and a commanding hold to win her match 6-4, 6-4 and carry the Trojans to victory.

    That left two more matches going on the courts. At No. 4, #58 Gabriela Niculescu forced a third-set tiebreaker with a comeback push in the second set. But Cal's #22 Bojana Bobusic fought back in the tiebreak and grabbed the win and a point for Cal with a 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (11-9) win. At the No. 2 spot, #25 Sarah Fansler and #75 Mari Andersson battled through three full sets, with Andersson coming away with the last win of the day on a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 win that left the final score a 4-3 USC victory.

    #10 USC 4, #8 California 3
    March 27, 2009 - Marks Stadium
    DOUBLES
    (1) #10 Fink/Niculescu (USC) def. Andersson/Bobusic (CAL) - 8-5
    (2) #53 Fansler/Kinstler (USC) def. #9 Cossou/Ilcinkas (CAL) - 8-5
    (3) Ramos/Sanchez (USC) def. Chang/Ravelojaona (CAL) - 8-0
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
    SINGLES
    (1) #17 Jana Juricova (CAL) def. #13 Maria Sanchez (USC) - 4-1 ret. inj.
    (2) #75 Mari Andersson (CAL) def. #25 Sarah Fansler (USC) - 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
    (3) #26 Amanda Fink (USC) def. #38 Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) - 6-4, 6-4*
    (4) #22 Bojana Bobusic (CAL) def. #58 Gabriela Niculescu (USC) - 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (11-9)
    (5) #62 Alison Ramos (USC) def. Marion Ravelojaona (CAL) - 6-2, 6-2
    (6) Leyla Entekhabi (USC) def. Stephany Chang (CAL) - 6-1, 6-1
    Order of finish: 1, 5, 6, 3*, 4, 2