No. 2 USC Women Lock Down Trip To NCAA Quarterinals With 4-1 Win Over VCU|
May 18, 2006
STANFORD, CALIF. - The third-seeded USC women's tennis team snapped No. 14 seed VCU's 29-match winning streak and bought itself a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals with a 4-1 win over the Rams on Thursday morning at Stanford's Taube Tennis Stadium. With No. 7-ranked Amanda Fink sidelined with illness, the Women of Troy (20-3) readjusted their lineup for the Round of 16 match against VCU (29-1) and pulled out of a tight match and clinched victory with a win at the No. 5 singles position by Carine Vermeulen, who has been undefeated in the past three years of NCAA dual match play. USC will face Northwestern (24-4) in the NCAA Quarterfinals at 3 p.m. on Friday (May 19).
"It's kind of daunting playing a team that's 29-0. I'm well aware of how talented they are," USC head coach Richard Gallien said. "To do it without our No. 2 player who is ill today is a great effort on our team's part."
The Women of Troy began the day with a doubles sweep to tack up the first point of the match. With Judy DeVera teaming up with Anca Anastasiu in Fink's absence for doubles, the Trojans stayed solid, with Anastasiu/DeVera winning 8-2 and Luana Magnani / Lindsey Nelson also winning 8-2 to get the doubles point. Dianne Matias / Vermeulen were up 6-4 when their match was suspended in order to begin singles play.
USC's seniors were instrumental in locking down the NCAA Round of 16 victory. While junior Dianne Matias got the Trojans ahead 2-0 in the match with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles over VCU's Viktoria Konstantinova, the Rams pulled closer with a victory at the No. 1 position. The rest of the singles matches were tight, but with those two crucial match-clinching points hanging in the balance, senior Luana Magnani tugged the Trojans closer to victory with a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 2 over Marianna Yuferova, and then fellow senior Carine Vermeulen engineered a come-from-behind win for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles over Vera Petrashevitch that punched the Trojans' ticket to the NCAA Quarterfinals. The quarterfinal appearance is USC's sixth in the past eight years.
USC 4, VCU 1