Women Of Troy Fall To Cal, 5-2|
April 3, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - The eighth-ranked USC women's tennis team suffered a second-consecutive loss in the Bay Area, falling to 11th-ranked California, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon in Berkeley. With the setback, the Women of Troy drop to 13-5 overall, while the Bears improve to 14-5. The match does not count against conference records.
Coming off a difficult outing at Stanford, the Women of Troy were looking to bounce back against the Bears, but were forced to play without Luana Magnani at No. 1 singles. Magnani's absence pushed her teammates up a spot in the lineup and allowed Melissa Esmero to come in at No. 6 singles.
Magnani was able to play doubles with partner Carine Vermeulen at No. 1, but the pair fell to Cal's Jieun Jacobs and Raquel Kops-Jones, 8-5. The Bears also won at No. 2 doubles to capture the first point of the afternoon.
Cal went on to capture four of six singles matches en route to the victory. Dianne Matias and Bernadette Bayani were the only two USC players that escaped with victories. Matias defeated Catherine Lynch, 6-2, 5-7, 10-7, at No. 3, and Bayani came back to beat Monica Wiesener, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 5.
The Women of Troy return home to complete regular season this week, hosting Washington State and Washington this Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10.
#11 California 5, #8 USC 2