Lindsey Nelson Advances To Pac-10 Singles Semifinal|
April 27, 2007
OJAI, CALIF. -- The USC men's and women's tennis teams still have strong representation across the board at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships after a solid showing during quarterfinal action on Friday in Ojai, Calif. Junior Lindsey Nelson kept up her trend of straight-set singles wins as she moves in Saturday's 11 a.m. semifinal against Stanford's Teresa Logar. in doubles play, USC has a men's and a women's pair representing in the 3:30 p.m. semifinals of the main tournament draw. With Friday victories, Robert Farah / Kaes Van't Hof pushed through to a semifinal bout with UCLA's Gruendler/Kohlloeffel, and Judy DeVera / Amanda Fink punched their ticket into a semifinal match against UCLA's Schnack/Zalameda.
#9 Lindsey Nelson powered through her quarterfinal match with Cal's #23 Nina Henkel as she posted a 6-3, 7-5 victory. On the other side of the bracket in quarterfinal play, USC freshman #10 Sarah Fansler came up short of Stanford's #14 Celia Durkin in a 6-4, 7-5 defeat that closes down the freshman's Pac-10 singles run. Senior Anca Anastasiu put up a strong quarterfinal fight against #4 Susie Babos, but wound up with a 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 loss to come up just short of a semifinal berth. Later in the afternoon in women's action, Judy DeVera / Amanda Fink drilled #3 Babos/Fodor of Cal to the tune of an 8-4 doubles quarterfinal victory that propels the Trojan pair into tomorrow's semifinals.
On the men's end of the tournament play, both #51 Dejan Cvetkovic and #67 Kaes Van't Hof were upended in quarterfinal competition. Cvetkovic fell 6-3, 7-6 (4) to #91 Juan Carlos Rebaza of ASU, while Van't Hof lost 7-6, 6-3 to Stanford's Matt Bruch in his quarterfinal match. Van't Hof got some redemption later on in the day, however, as he moved into doubles action with partner Robert Farah. In the doubles quarters, Farah/Van't Hof dropped Cal's #59 Chizevar/Heavey with a solid 8-3 win to earn a semifinal shot at #10 Gruendler/Kohlloeffel of UCLA on Saturday.
On the invitational side of things, it will be an all-Trojan men's singles semi as freshman Jason McNaughton clashes with senior Garrett Snyder tomorrow in a 9:30 a.m. match. McNaughton pushed past Dave Ryan 6-4, 6-1 for his trip to the semifinals. Meanwhile, Snyder felled Washington's Michael Ricks 6-4, 7-6 in his quarterfinal match. On the other side of the invitational bracket, Adam Loucks lost 6-2, 7-5 to Cal's Daniel Sebescan. In men's doubles, the Trojans slipped in the quarters as Loucks/McNaughton lost 8-6 to Stanford's McKean/Ryan, and Livingston/Snyder withdrew from their match with Eklov/Zeller.
The Women of Troy will see senior Julie Smekodub move on to the invitational semis after a 6-4, 1-0 ret. win over UCLA's Alex McGoodwin in today's quarters. Tomorrow, Smekodub will face Stanford's Lejla Hodzic, who topped USC's Judy DeVera in a three-set battle 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Also playing in invitational doubles on Friday, Smekodub and partner Fansler retired from their quarterfinal match at 3-2 against WSU's Opata/Selaru.
That leaves USC appearing in five different semifinal matches on Saturday. Overall results and upcoming matches are listed below:
Women's Tournament Singles Results
#10 Sarah Fansler
#73 Amanda Fink
#9 Lindsey Nelson
Women's Invitational Draw Singles Results
Men's Tournament Singles Results
#67 Kaes Van't Hof
Men's Invitational Draw Singles Results
Women's Tournament Doubles
Men's Tournament Doubles