No. 3 USC Women Turn It Up For 5-2 Win Over No. 15 UCLA|
April 21, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The third-ranked USC women's tennis team rounded out a week's sweep of crosstown rival UCLA with a 5-2 victory over the No. 15 Bruins at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Friday afternoon. The Trojans posted a 4-3 win on Tuesday, and the teams played with the same lineups for their Friday face-off. This time, USC pulled out a clean sweep of doubles play and turned the tables on previous losses at the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 singles positions to secure the win before #52 Lindsey Nelson tallied her second win of the week over UCLA's #20 Laura Gordon to get the Women of Troy to the 5-2 win. USC is now 17-3 overall and 7-1 in Pac-10 competition, while the Bruins move to 15-6, 5-3. With the victory, USC picks up another 2.5 points in the Lexus Gauntlet competition to go up 57.5 to 22.5 over UCLA and the Trojans have clinched at least a tie for the Gauntlet.
Friday's Pac-10 match began with three solid doubles wins for the Women of Troy. Dianne Matias / Carine Vermeulen avenged their previous loss to UCLA's #25 Gordon/Zalameda duo with an 8-3 decision at the No. 1 doubles position. #22 Luana Magnani / Lindsey Nelson also posted an 8-3 win at the No. 2 slot, and Judy DeVera / Amanda Fink teamed up again at No. 3 to get USC one more 8-3 victory in doubles play.
In singles, UCLA tied it up when Elizabeth Lumpkin evened the score with Carine Vermeulen with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at the No. 6 position. Vermeulen had beaten Lumpkin in Tuesday's match. Then it was USC's turn to return the favor when #25 Dianne Matias avenged Tuesday's three-set loss to #108 Alex McGoodwin with a 6-4, 6-1 victory at No. 4 that gave USC a 2-1 lead. Anca Anastasiu was the next to make good for the Women of Troy. #106 Ashley Joelson had snapped Anasasiu's 16-match winning streak on Tuesday, but this time Anastasiu fought through for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 decision. Again, UCLA fought back with yet another turnaround decision when Riza Zalameda overcame #9 Amanda Fink with a 7-6, (3), 6-4 win. Fink's three-set win on Tuesday had clinched that victory for the Women of Troy.
Now up 3-2, USC was just a match away from victory. UCLA's #45 Tracy Lin threatened to push the match into a third set, but #47 Luana Magnani sidestepped that possibility with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) decision that nailed down the win for the Women of Troy. That left just No. 1 singles still raging, and with the match locked at a set apiece, #52 Lindsey Nelson powered through the final 10-game tiebreaker to notch back-to-back wins over Gordon with a 7-6 (4), 3-6, (10-5) decision that closed down the match 5-2 for USC.
The Women of Troy now move into postseason action, beginning with the Pac-10 Championships held April 27-30 in Ojai, Calif.
#3 USC 5, #15 UCLA 2