No. 8 USC Women Fall 5-2 To No. 5 Stanford|
April 4, 2008
PALO ALTO, CALIF. - The No. 8 USC women's tennis team dropped a road match to No. 5 Stanford on Friday afternoon, falling 5-2 to the higher ranked Cardinal in Palo Alto. USC was able to grab singles wins at the No. 5 and 6 slots care of freshmen Maria Sanchez and Leyla Entekhabi. The Trojans' first Pac-10 loss of the year moves USC to 15-5 overall and 3-1 in Pac-10 play.
Stanford managed a doubles sweep to open the match, beginning with an 8-2 win from Deason/Nguyen over USC's freshman-senior tandem Kinstler/Nelson and then securing the opening point with an 8-4 win by Durkin/McVeigh over freshman pair Andrews/Sanchez. At No. 1, Stanford's #17 Barte/Burdette handed a rare loss to USC's #6 Fink/Niculescu with an 8-4 decision to bring up singles play.
Stanford worked ahead 3-0 in the match on wins at the No. 3 and No. 1 positions. Celia Durkin beat USC's #71 Gabriela Niculescu 6-1, 6-1 before #7 Hilary Barte topped #50 Lindsey Nelson 6-3, 6-3. The Cardinal clinched the match at No. 4, as #95 Lindsay Burdette beat #118 Sarah Fansler 6-3, 6-4 to make it 4-0 before USC was able to notch a point. At No. 5, #115 Maria Sanchez got a win over #54 Whitney Deason after Deason retired in the second set. Next, at No. 2, Stanford's #19 Jessica Nguyen fended off #10 Amanda Fink in a third-set tiebreaker to claim a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4) decision over the Trojan junior. Wrapping up the match was USC's #108 Leyla Entekhabi, who kept her perfect dual match singles record intact with her 17th consecutive win on a 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7) comeback over #68 Carolyn McVeigh at the No. 6 slot.
USC's next Pac-10 clash takes the Trojans to Berkeley to face No. 6 California in a 12 p.m. match on Saturday (April 5).
#5 Stanford 5, #8 USC 2