USC Women Blank The Ducks|
April 1, 2011
EUGENE, ORE. -- The No. 14 USC women's tennis team rolled through Oregon in its first journey out of state this year, picking up a 7-0 win over the No. 75 Ducks on Friday afternoon in Eugene. The Trojans secured the doubles point before peeling out to wins down the line in singles to improve to 12-5 overall and 2-2 in Pac-10 play on the year.
Doubles action opened up with USC's pairing of Cristala Andrews and Danielle Lao at No. 3 posting a smooth 8-1 win. At the top slot, #5 ranked Kaitlyn Christian and Maria Sanchez breezed by Oregon's Skowronski/Smatova to clinch the first point of the day for the Trojans on an 8-3 decision. The Ducks managed a tiebreak win on court two when du toit/Metzger edged out Lindsay Kinstler and Danielle Lao 7-6 (6), but the doubles point was already in USC's pocket as singles came into play.
In USC's first two singles wins, Trojans Alison Ramos and Kaitlyn Christian lost just one game between them. Ramos pounded her way past Pascale Neubert at the No. 4 position with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep, and #104 Christian made similar work of Julia Metsger on court two with a 6-0, 6-1 victory. Clinching the match win for the Trojans was #26 Danielle Lao from her No. 2 position, as the sophomore posted a 6-3, 6-3 win over Patricia Skowronski to make it a 4-0 USC advantage.
Cristala Andrews pulled out of a tight first set to tack up a 7-6 (1), 6-3 win over Trudie du Toit on court five next, followed by #1 Maria Sanchez' 7-5, 6-3 victory over #116 Pavlina Smatova at the top spot to bring USC to a 6-0 lead in the match. On court six, USC's Lyndsay Kinstler recovered from a first-set loss to stage a strong comeback and take down Lana Buttner with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 win that put the finishing touches on USC's Pac-10 road win over the Ducks.
USC will now head to Pullman, Wash., for a clash with Washington State tomorrow (April 2) at 2 p.m.
#14 USC 7, #75 Oregon 0