Women's Tennis Falls To Top-Ranked Stanford, 6-1|
April 2, 2004
STANFORD, Calif. -- Top-ranked and unbeaten Stanford women's tennis snapped eighth-ranked USC's nine-match win streak with a 6-1 victory on Friday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Center. The match does not count against conference records, but the loss drops the Women of Troy to 13-4 overall, while the Cardinal improve to 18-0.
The match was difficult from the start for the Trojans who dropped all three doubles matches and entered singles down 1-0.
USC, not ready to give up, challenged Stanford at four of six singles positions. The highlight of the afternoon was sophomore Carine Vermeulen's performance as she defeated 15th-ranked Alice Barnes, 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 2 spot to give the Women of Troy their first point of the afternoon.
Senior Luana Magnani and freshman Dianne Matias attempted to follow Vermeulen's lead and pushed their opponents to a third set. Magnani, after fighting back to win the second set, eventually fell to Stanford's Amber Liu, while Matias, who opened with a win in the first set, allowed Lauren Barnikow to comeback and take the match, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Cardinal Emilia Anderson clinched the match for Stanford with a 6-4, 7-5 decision over Melissa Esmero at court six.
USC continues its road trip on Saturday, April 3, when it travels to face 11th-ranked California in Berkeley at noon.
#1 Stanford 6, #8 USC 1