No. 3 USC Women Pull Out 4-3 Win Over No. 15 UCLA|
April 18, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The third-ranked USC women's tennis team emerged victorious in a tightly fought battle with crosstown rival UCLA. The No. 15-ranked Bruins kept the Women of Troy on the ropes until the marathon match was finally broken open with a win from USC's Carine Vermeulen and then clinched for the Trojans by #9 Amanda Fink. The dual match win pushes USC to 16-3 overall, while UCLA moves to 15-5.
In the first of two USC-UCLA women's tennis dual matches this week, the Women of Troy broke out to an early lead by claiming the doubles point. Amanda Fink / Judy DeVera powered past UCLA's Tracy Lin/Ashley Joelson 8-3, and then #22 Luana Magnani / Lindsey Nelson downed Elizabeth Lumpkin/Alex McGoodwin at the No. 2 position to secure a 1-0 lead for the Trojans. Playing at the No. 1 doubles slot, UCLA's #25 Laura Gordon/Riza Zalameda barely edged out USC's Dianne Matias / Carine Vermeulen 9-7, although USC already had its early lead in the match.
UCLA pulled in with a relatively quick win at the No. 3 singles slot on #45 Tracy Lin's 6-2, 6-1 win over #47 Luana Magnani. USC's #52-ranked Lindsey Nelson answered right back, however, winning her No. 1 singles match over #20 Laura Gordon 6-4, 6-4. Again, the Bruins locked the match up when #106 Ashley Joelson interrupted Anca Anastasiu's 16-match winning streak with a 6-2, 6-2 victory that put the dual match at 2-2.
Playing on court six, USC senior Carine Vermeulen showed her poise and broke Elizabeth Lumpkin one last time to pull out a 7-6, 6-3 win that put the Trojans a win away from clinching the match. With two third-set comeback attempts going strong, the match raged undecided until USC freshman #9 Amanda Fink drilled out a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 come-from-behind win over Riza Zalameda that clinched the match for the Women of Troy. At the No. 4 singles position, #25 Dianne Matias was aiming for a comeback win of her own, but she came up short and fell 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to UCLA's #108 Alex McGoodwin to round out a long day of action.
The Trojans and the Bruins will face off again in just days when the duo clashes in Pac-10 action at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (April 21) at Los Angeles Tennis Center. That match could well decide the Lexus Gauntlet competition between the two schools as well, putting another 2.5 points up for grabs in the year-long all-sports competition, which USC now leads 55-20.With potential postseason matchups still a possibility, however, the final tally for the award is not yet certain.
#3 USC 4, #15 UCLA 3