No. 7 USC Comes Up Short of Big Upset In 4-3 Loss To Top-Ranked Stanford|
April 14, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 7 USC women's tennis team came closer than ever to pulling out an upset of the nation's top team, but fell just short of besting defending NCAA champion Stanford in a 4-3 loss at Marks Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The match ended up coming down to the final singles match of the day, which the Cardinal's #76 Whitney Deason came back to win at the No. 4 position. USC moves to 17-3 overall and is 6-1 in Pac-10 play as the Trojans turn to finish out Pac-10 play with a home match against crosstown rival UCLA next week at 12 p.m. on Saturday (April 21).
Saturday's 4-3 loss was the closest USC has come to beating Stanford since 1986, the last year USC beat the Cardinal. USC fell in a 4-3 decision to Stanford in 2005, but the Cardinal already had clinched the match at 4-1 before USC pushed the final score to 4-3. The Cardinal now have won the past 46 dual matches against the Trojans.
The Women of Troy got into an 0-1 hole in the match after conceding the doubles point in another tight race. #53 Judy DeVera / Amanda Fink held strong and topped Hodzic/Nguyen 8-3 to get USC ahead early. At No. 1, however, Stanford's Burdette/Yelsey topped USC's Lindsey Nelson / Julie Smekodub 8-5 to tie it up. At No. 3, Deason/Logar caught up with USC's #43 Sarah Fansler / Dianne Matias and pulled off a 9-7 win to clinch the doubles point for the Cardinal.
As the teams moved into singles action, USC looked to be in good shape, although the experience and skill of the Cardinal could not be counted out. At No. 3, Amanda Fink pounded out a 6-2, 7-5 upset of #9 Celia Durkin to level the match 1-1. Then, at the top singles slot, Stanford's #16 Teresa Logar held off #12 Lindsey Nelson and pinned up a 6-4, 6-4 win for a 2-1 Stanford edge in the match. Again, USC would fight back to tie it up. #97 Dianne Matias provided the equalizer in the match with her 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory over #73 Lindsay Burdette at No. 5, only to have Stanford's #21 Anne Yelsey fend off USC's #10 Sarah Fansler in a 7-6 (6), 6-2 win at No. 2. Now up 3-2 in the match, Stanford was hoping for third-set comebacks at the No. 4 and No. 6 positions. USC's Judy DeVera settled into control of her third set at No. 6, however, locking the match up yet again with her 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 decision over Leila Hodzic to make it 3-3 with one match still raging on. USC's Anca Anastasiu had taken an early lead in the match against Stanford's #76 Whitney Deason, but the Cardinal made her move back into the match to force a third set. There, Anastasiu pushed the set to 3-3 with two breaks of Deason. Deason worked back ahead 5-3 before Anastasiu broke her again and then held for another tie at 5-5. That was when Deason edged ahead, holding serve for a 6-5 advantage and then bringing up deuce and a win to claim the deciding match with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 comeback win.
#1 Stanford 4, #7 USC 3
April 14, 2007 - Marks Stadium
(1) Burdette/Yelsey (STAN) def. Nelson/Smekodub (USC) - 8-5
(2) #53 DeVera/Fink (USC) def. Hodzic/Nguyen (STAN) - 8-3
(3) Deason/Logar (STAN) def. #43 Fansler/Matias (USC) - 9-7
Stanford wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3