No. 18 USC Women Fall In NCAA Play At No. 9 Cal|
May 15, 2011
BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 18 USC women's tennis team wrapped up its 2011 season with a 15-8 overall record after taking a 4-1 loss to host No. 9 Cal in the NCAA Second Round. The Women of Troy engaged in an all-out battle replete with three-set singles matches before the Bears were able to secure the hard-fought win today in Berkeley, Calif.
Though doubles matches were close to begin, the Bears pulled away on courts two and three down the stretch. At court three, Cal's Davis/Duranteau knocked off USC's 77th-ranked team of Cristala Andrews and Alison Ramos 8-3 to start things off. Moments later, Cal's No. 30-ranked Goransson/Schutting came through with an 8-4 win over Trojans Lyndsay Kinstler and Valeria Pulido at court two to secure the first point of the day. Although a tight battle ensued at the top court, USC's fourth-ranked team of Kaitlyn Christian and Maria Sanchez grabbed the upper hand and led 7-4, but the Bears' top-ranked tandem of Andersson/Juricova escaped with a suspended match after the first point was clinched.
The Trojans won the first set in four singles matches, but five out of six matches were forced into third sets as the Bears fought back. In the only match that required two sets to completion, No. 84-ranked Goransson closed out Pulido 6-0, 6-2 at court five to give the Bears a 2-0 lead.
Both teams went back and forth, but Cal tacked up a third point two and a half hours later when senior Marina Cossou brushed off her first-set loss and emerged with a victory against Ramos at court four 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
At court three, Cal's No. 104 Schutting and USC's No. 103 Christian were locked in a punch-for-punch third set. Schutting edged Christian for the first set 7-5 but fell 6-2 in the second before play was suspended with Christian up 4-3 in the third. In the main event at the top court, No. 2-ranked Sanchez squeaked by with a 7-3 win in the first-set tiebreaker, but top-ranked Juricova came through with a 6-4 win in the second, and held a 3-2 lead in the third when play was stopped.
Three hours into singles matches, USC posted its first and only point of the day as No. 24 Danielle Lao knocked off No. 23 Andersson at court two. Lao cruised to a 6-2 win in the first set, but had the script flipped on her when Andersson walked away with a 6-3 win in the second. Andersson came back from a 5-3 deficit to force a third-set tiebreaker, but Lao stood fast to get the 7-3 win, and put the Trojans on the board.
Down at court six, Cal's Tayler Davis had fallen to Andrews 6-4 in the opening set, but worked her way to a 6-3 win in the second set. It appeared that Andrews had figured Davis out in the third as she went in front 5-1, but Davis weathered the storm to come all the way back and beat Andrews 7-5 in the third to clinch the victory for the Bears.
2011 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships | Second Round