Women's Tennis
    Women of Troy Edged In Pac-10 Title Matches

    May 1, 2011

    OJAI, CALIF. - USC senior Maria Sanchez had a busy day in Ojai today, pulling double duty in two title matches at the Pac-10 Championships. The Trojan put up a fight in the singles championship bout, but fell to Stanford's Kristie Ahn. She then teamed back up with freshman Kaitlyn Christian to do battle against the top-ranked doubles team in the nation, pushing through three sets but coming up short of an upset to take the runner-up position in the doubles field as well.

    Sanchez came up against a tough customer in Stanford's seventh-seeded Kristie Ahn, who had dispatched Sanchez' Trojan teammate Christian 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. Top-seeded Sanchez fell behind Ahn 4-1 in the first set but fought back to make it a challenge before Ahn pulled out the first set 7-5. Ahn hit her stride in the second set, however, and created some distance between herself and Sanchez on the way to claiming the Pac-10 singles crown with a 7-5, 6-1 win over the Trojan senior.

    After a moment's rest, Sanchez got back to work on the doubles courts. Alongside teammate Kaitlyn Christian as the tournament's No. 2 seeded pair, the Trojans took on top-seeded Andersson/Juricova of Cal in the doubles final. It was all-out war between the two duos in the first set, but the Bears caught an edge late in a tense tiebreaker to claim the first set 7-6 with a 10-8 tiebreak. The Women of Troy responded with a 6-4 win in the second set, but the Bears regrouped again to round out the championship win for Cal in a 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-1 final.

     

     

    The No. 17 USC women now await the seedings for the coming NCAA Tournament, which will be revealed in a 2 p.m. PT selection show on Tuesday (May 3) at ncaa.com.

    Complete USC results at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships are below.

    WOMEN OF TROY IN 2011 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS

    SINGLES -- Championship Bracket
    [1] #2 Maria Sanchez
    Round of 32 (April 28): def. Ksenia Googe (WSU) -- 6-1, 6-1
    Round of 16 (April 28): def. #107 Pavlina Smatova (ORE) -- 6-2, 6-1
    Quarterfinals (April 29): def. [5] #20 Mallory Burdette (STAN) -- 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
    Semifinals (April 30): def. #60 Stacey Tan (STAN) - 6-2, 6-1
    Championship (May 1): lost to [7] #25 Kristie Ahn (STAN) - 7-5, 6-1

    Cristala Andrews
    Round of 32 (April 28): lost to [4] #18 Nicole Gibbs (STAN) -- 6-0, 6-1

    #99 Kaitlyn Christian
    Round of 32 (April 28): def. Patricia Skowronski (ORE) -- 6-2, 6-0
    Round of 16 (April 28): def. Anett Schutting (CAL) - 6-3, 6-0
    Quarterfinals (April 29): lost to [7] #25 Kristie Ahn (STAN) - 6-1, 6-0

    SINGLES -- Invitational Bracket
    Lyndsay Kinstler
    Round of 32 (April 28): bye
    Round of 16 (April 28): lost to Andjela Kankaras (WSU) -- 6-1, 6-4

    Hayley Miller
    Round of 32 (April 28): lost to Elizabeth Ecker (STAN) -- 6-4, 6-0

    Alison Ramos
    Round of 32 (April 28): bye
    Round of 16 (April 28): lost to Sianna Simmons (ASU) -- 6-0, 7-6 (3)

    DOUBLES -- Championship Bracket
    [2] #5 Kaitlyn Christian / Maria Sanchez
    Round of 16 (April 29): def. Kankaras/Musilovich (WSU) - 8-5
    Quarterfinals (April 29): def. Marks/Smyth (ARIZ) - 8-4
    Semifinals (April 30): def. [4] #24 Hein/McKenna (ASU) - 8-3
    Championship (May 1): lost to [1] #1 Andersson/Juricova (CAL) - 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-1

    #77 Cristala Andrews / Alison Ramos
    Round of 16 (April 29): def. Skowronski/Smatova (ORE) - 8-3
    Quarterfinals (April 29): lost to [1] #1 Andersson/Juricova (CAL) - 9-7

    DOUBLES -- Invitational Bracket
    [1] Lyndsay Kinstler / Danielle Lao
    Round of 16 (April 29): bye
    Quarterfinals (April 29): def. Googe/Troedson (WSU) -- 8-1
    Semifinals (April 30): lost to Burdette/Dillon (STAN) - 8-6