No. 14 USC Women Beat Cougars 6-1|
April 2, 2011
PULLMAN, WASH. -- The No. 14 USC women's tennis team captured a 6-1 win over the host Cougars on Saturday afternoon in Pullman as the Trojans moved out to a 5-0 lead on Washington State. Freshman Kaitlyn Christian decided matters with her straight-set win at her No. 3 singles spot, helping USC to improve to 13-5 overall and 3-2 in Pac-10 play.
Christian also helped kick off a doubles sweep by the Women of Troy when she and senior Maria Sanchez teamed up at the No. 1 slot for an 8-2 win over Googe/Vasilieva. Cristala Andrews and Alison Ramos tag-teamed the No. 3 spot for an 8-3 win there, leading into an 8-4 decision at No. 2 in favor of Trojan pair Lyndsay Kinstler and Danielle Lao.
With that 1-0 advantage in hand, USC strung together three consecutive straight-set wins to secure the team victory. Alison Ramos was up first with her 6-2, 6-1 win at the No. 4 position over Andjela Kankaras. #26 Danielle Lao was next in line with a smooth shutout win over Elisabeth Fournier on court two, and Christian secured victory on her 6-1, 6-3 decision at the No. 2 spot over Ksenia Googe. On top of the ladder, USC's #1 Maria Sanchez got caught behind in the second set to force a third-set tiebreak against WSU's Luda Vasilieva. There, the Trojan senior gutted out a tight and long tiebreak, but Sanchez pulled ahead and wrapped up a 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (13-11) win at No. 1 to make it a 5-0 USC lead.
The Cougars got on the board from the No. 6 position when Jessica Gomez managed a 6-4, 6-1 win over USC freshman Hayley Miller. USC senior Cristala Andrews capped off the day's work with a win at No. 5 for USC, as she posted a 6-0, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6) victory over Olga Musilovich to make it a 6-1 USC win.
The Women of Troy have another road trip ahead next week with a visit to ASU on Friday (April 8) at 1:30 p.m. before going to play at Arizona on Saturday (April 9) at 12 p.m.
#14 USC 6, Washington State 1