Women's Tennis
    Women of Troy Get Set For ITA/Riviera Main Draw

    Oct. 6, 2010


    PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIF. -- Weather has made a mess of qualifying rounds at the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships in the past couple days, but that hasn't stopped USC women's tennis players Danielle Lao, Valeria Pulido and Alison Ramos from notching wins in the action at Pacific Palisades. Playing in doubles, Pulido/Ramos will move into the main draw, while Lao has one more round of singles play in order to take a place in the main draw. There, USC's #3-ranked Maria Sanchez already awaits as the No. 3 seed in the singles tournament, and Ramos also is already slated for main draw singles play.

    Today, rain interrupted play and forced the decision to push doubles second-round winners into tomorrow's main draw. Valeria Pulido and Alison Ramos punched their ticket through with a tough 9-7 win over Wichita State's Blaskova/Damaschin once courts dried up enough for the Women of Troy to combine forces for the win. #42-ranked Kaitlyn Christian / Maria Sanchez withdrew from their doubles competition today after netting an 8-5 win in the first round yesterday.

    #28-ranked Danielle Lao is the No. 7 seed in qualifying singles action, and the Trojan sophomore followed up yesterday's first-round win with another straight-set victory in the second round over Virginia's Lindsey Hardenbergh. She will face Sandhya Nagaraj of NC State in tomorrow's third round at 10:45 a.m.. Main draw singles play is set to begin at 12:45 p.m., with qualifiers starting their main draw play at 3 p.m.

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    ITA/Riviera All-American Championships (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
    First Round - Oct. 5
    [5] Reka Zsilinska (Duke) def. Valeria Pulido (USC) -- 6-3, 6-1
    [7] Danielle Lao (USC) def. Anna Bartenstein (Miami) -- 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5)

    Second Round - Oct. 6
    [7] Danielle Lao (USC) def. Lindsey Hardenbergh (UVA) -- 6-4, 7-6 (5)

    Third Round - Oct. 7
    [7] Danielle Lao (USC) vs. Sandhya Nagaraj (NC State) -- 10:45 a.m.

    First Round - Oct. 5
    Pulido/Ramos (USC) def. [3] Rehberger/Vasenina (SoFla) -- 8-3
    Christian/Sanchez (USC) def. Cao/Rosenkrans (Harvard) -- 8-5

    Second Round - Oct. 6
    Pulido/Ramos (USC) def. Blaskova/Damaschin (WichSt) -- 9-7
    Christian/Sanchez (USC) vs. [1] Nze/Fahoum (Duke) -- w/o