USC Women Fall In NCAA Second Round|
May 15, 2010
BERKELEY, CALIF. -- In its 19th straight trip to the NCAA Championships, the USC women's tennis team was upended in the NCAA Second Round today, as the No. 20 Trojans fell to No. 12 host California 4-1 in Berkeley, Calif. The Women of Troy captured the doubles point from the Bears for an early advantage, but Cal responded with a singles push that got the hosts to a 4-1 win to earn the Bears a trip to the NCAA Round of 16 in Athens, Ga., next week. The loss wraps up USC's 2010 season with a 14-10 overall record as the Trojans now prepare for the NCAA Individual Championships.
Today's NCAA Second Round match marked USC's third clash with Cal this season. The Bears had claimed 5-2 wins in the first two meetings, but the Trojans shook things up this time by snagging the doubles point for the first time in this season's series. At the No. 2 slot, Valeria Pulido and Alison Ramos surprised Cal's #89 Cossou/Siwosz with an 8-6 win, pulling out of a 5-5 tie to get USC an advantage. The Bears' #9 Andersson/Juricova delivered an 8-6 win over USC's #64 Danielle Lao / Maria Sanchez on court one to make things interesting, but at the No. 3 position Trojans Sarah Fansler and Lyndsay Kinstler clinched the point for USC with an 8-4 win over Davis/Goransson.
That lifted USC ahead 1-0 as a competitive stretch of singles play set up for action. HIgher seeds prevailed for the Bears at the top of the ladder to work Cal ahead of the Trojans. At the No. 2 position, #18 Marina Cossou evened the match at 1-1 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over USC's #31 Alison Ramos, and then #2 Jana Juricova felled USC's #3 Maria Sanchez 6-2, 6-2 on court one. With Cal up 2-1, the Bears made it 3-1 when #35 Mari Andersson got a 6-4, 6-4 win over #37 freshman Danielle Lao at No. 3. With three matches hanging in the balance, it was a three-setter on court six that wrapped up first and proved the decider. USC's Cristala Andrews forced a third set against Cal's Tayler Davis, but Davis managed a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win that ended play with the Bears holding a 4-1 victory.
Play was therefore suspended on courts four and five, leaving USC's #112 freshman Valeria Pulido pushing ahead in the third set at No. 4 and senior Sarah Fansler aiming to take her match to a third at No. 5.
Now done with dual-match play, the Trojans turn their focus to individual action as Maria Sanchez, Alison Ramos and Danielle Lao are scheduled to do singles battle in Athens, Ga., at the NCAA Individual Championships from May 26-31.
2010 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS -- Second Round