Amanda Fink and Lindsey Nelson Move On In NCAA Singles|
May 24, 2006
Two Trojans have earned themselves a trip to the second round of NCAA Women's Singles competition with wins on Day One at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center. Out of USC's five entrants in the singles action, Lindsey Nelson was the first to grab a win, and teammate Amanda Fink soon followed to work her way into the second round as well. Competition continues on Thursday (May 25) along with the beginning of doubles play.
Nelson's 6-2, 6-4 upset of #12 Elena Gantcheva of UNLV had followed losses by fellow Women of Troy Luana Magnani and Dianne Matias. An hour later, freshman Amanda Fink took to the courts and followed Nelson's solid lead a dominating two-set victory of her own. Fink -- the ITA Rookie Player of the Year who earned the No. 6 seed into the singles tournament as the seventh-ranked player in the nation -- toppled Florida's Boglarka Berecz 6-0, 6-1 to move on.
Luana Magnani was one of the first matches to begin, as the senior squared off against the defending NCAA singles champion, Zuzana Zemenova of Baylor. Magnani fell 6-4, 6-2 to Zemenova. Meanwhile, Dianne Matias was taking on a familiar opponent to the Trojans in VCU's Tatsiana Uvarova. Uvarova was VCU's No. 1 singles player during the NCAA Team Championships, where USC faced VCU in the Round of 16. Uvarova had downed Lindsey Nelson at the No. 1 position to claim VCU's only point of the match -- an eventual 4-1 USC win that pushed the Trojans into the quarterfinals. Uvarova proved tough during singles action as well, beating Matias 6-1, 6-4. Anca Anastasiu was the last Trojan to wind down her day at Taube Tennis Center, coming up against Vanderbilt's #17 Amanda Fish and putting up a fight before falling 6-0, 7-6(4).
When Lindsey Nelson took the court against UNLV's Gantcheva, she took control of the match early, and despite a couple breaks in the second set, Nelson charged on to win 6-2, 6-4. She moves into the second round to face either Texas-Arlington's Klara Jagasova or Fresno State's Melanie Gloria on Thursday (May 25). Nelson reached the NCAA Singles Round of 16 last year as a freshman.
Thursday also marks the start of the NCAA Doubles Championships, where USC has two teams lined up for action. Magnani/Nelson will face Notre Dame's No. 3 seeded Catrina Thompson/Christian Thompson, and Matias/ Carine Vermeulen take on Clemson's Carol Salge/Federica van Adrichem in the first round.
NCAA SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
#47 Luana Magnani
#29 Dianne Matias
#18 Lindsey Nelson
#7 Amanda Fink
#58 Anca Anastasiu