No. 17 USC Women Make It A Winning Weekend At Home|
April 10, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 17 USC women's tennis team served up a sweep of visiting No. 56 Arizona on Saturday afternoon at Marks Stadium to cap off the Trojans' final home Pac-10 match with a win. Behind a flurry of straight-set singles wins, USC tacked up a 7-0 victory over the Wildcats to improve to 13-7 overall and go to 5-1 in Pac-10 play.
The doubles point was decided quickly in USC's favor thanks to dominant play on courts one and two by the Trojans. #46 Lao/Sanchez cruised to an 8-1 win at No. 1 over Arizona's Landsman/Huh for the first step toward an early lead. Soon after, Pulido/Ramos tacked up an 8-2 win over Rietsch/Toporowska at No. 2 to secure a 1-0 USC advantage in the match. On court three, however, things weren't quite as smooth for USC, as Wildcats Castany/Marks fought back against USC's Fansler/Kinstler to bring up a tiebreak to decide that one. The Arizona pair pulled off the win, edging the Trojans 8-7 (5) to close down doubles play and push on to singles.
USC's singles rally was sparked by senior Sarah Fansler, who raced out to the Trojans' first win with her 6-1, 6-1 victory over Debora Castany on court five. With that 2-0 lead in-hand, the Women of Troy rattled off the next three points in quick succession, as Alison Ramos, Danielle Lao and Valeria Pulido all finished off their opponents within minutes of one another. #26 Ramos cleaned up first, silencing her #84 opponent Sarah Landsman in the second set to notch a 6-2, 6-0 win at the No. 2 singles slot. Barely a minute later, #36 Danielle Lao punched through for a win that clinched the match with USC up 4-0. Lao took down Claire Reitsch 6-0, 6-2 on court three for the winning match. Coming through with the win to make it 5-0 USC was #104 Valeria Pulido in a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Natalia Toporowska at the No. 4 slot.
From there, it was courts one and six that were still underway. At No. 6, USC's Lyndsay Kinstler rolled past Jane Huh to the tune of a 6-1, 6-0 decision that set up #2 Maria Sanchez for the finisher. Sanchez got hung up early in the second set, down 1-2 and trailing #105 Natasha Marks 0-40 before the Trojan junior buckled in and pounded her way past Marks. Sanchez fought back to hold serve and make it 2-2, then pushed out ahead with a break and hold next to gather up momentum for the final stretch. Sanchez shut out Marks from the service line to get up 5-3, then delivered one last break to close out her match with a 6-1, 6-3 victory that wrapped up the 7-0 sweep of Arizona.
USC's next action takes the Women of Troy to UCLA for a Pac-10 clash with the Bruins at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (April 16) at the LA Tennis Center. The match will weigh heavily in the race to this year's Pac-10 title, as both teams enter with one conference loss. If the Trojans get the win, USC will likely face Stanford during the Pac-10 Tournament in Ojai, Calif., in order to determine a conference champion. USC's match with Stanford was suspended after singles play due to rain earlier this month, with the match tied 3-3. Due to ITA rules, the match will have to be restarted from 0-0 in the case that the Stanford-USC match factors into the 2010 Pac-10 title.
#17 USC vs. #56 Arizona