Women's Tennis
    Danielle Lao Rolls On In ITA All-American Action

    Oct. 8, 2009

    USC freshman Danielle Lao has made her arrival to the collegiate women's tennis scene known with a winning run to open up 2009 competition. The young Trojan followed up her winning run through 2009 Riviera/ITA All-American Pre-Qualifying with three more wins in the qualifying bracket and an opening win in today's All-American main draw.

    Today at the Riviera Country Club, Lao pinned up a 7-6 (4), 6-2 win over another qualifier, Aeriel Ellis of Texas, in the first round of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. Lao had gathered momentum earlier in the week with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Georgia's Nadia Gilchrist, a 6-2, 6-3 win over Clemson's Keri Wong, and then a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 comeback effort against Michigan's Rika Tatsuno to move into today's main draw action.

    Also in the main draw with a winning qualifying stretch was sophomore Alison Ramos. Ramos topped Oklahoma's Ana-Maria Constantinescu 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to start off the qualifiers and then beat No. 3 seed Kristin Boxx of Mississippi 6-3, 6-4 and the Old Dominion's Nadine Fahoum 6-2, 6-3 to punch her ticket to the main draw. Today, however, Ramos faced Cal's Marina Cossou and fell in a 6-0, 6-2 decision in the first round.

    Junior Maria Sanchez was handed a difficult draw for her main draw first round match, going up against Cal's No. 4 seed Jana Juricova. Juricova managed a 7-5, 6-3 win over Sanchez today in the first round at the Riviera. Senior Sarah Fansler was upended in the first round of qualifying play in a marathon match that Dartmouth's Molly Scott won 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2.

    FULL RIVIERA/ITA ALL-AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS AVAILABLE HERE


     

     

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    Riviera/ITA All-American Championships – Riviera Country Club

    MAIN DRAW – SINGLES

    First Round (Oct. 8)

    Danielle Lao (USC) def. Aeriel Ellis (Texas) – 7-6 (4), 6-2

    Marina Cossou (Cal) def. Alison Ramos (USC) – 6-0, 6-2

    [4] Jana Juricova (Cal) def. Maria Sanchez (USC) – 7-5, 6-3

     

    Second Round (Oct. 9)

    Danielle Lao (USC) vs. Caitlin Whoriskey (Tennessee) – 11 a.m.

     

    QUALIFYING – SINGLES

    First Round (Oct. 5)

    Danielle Lao (USC) def. Nadia Gilchrist (Georgia) – 6-0, 6-1

    Alison Ramos (USC) def. Ana-Maria Constantinescu (Oklahoma) – 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

    Molly Scott (Dartmouth) def. [7] Sarah Fansler (USC) – 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2

     

    Second Round (Oct. 6)

    Danielle Lao (USC) def. Keri Wong (Clemson) – 6-2, 6-3

    Alison Ramos (USC) def. [3]Kristi Boxx (Mississippi) – 6-3, 6-4

     

    Third Round (Oct. 7)

    Danielle Lao (USC) def. Rika Tatsuno (Michigan) – 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

    Alison Ramos (USC) def. Nadine Fahoum (Old Dominion) – 6-2, 6-3

     

    QUALIFYING – DOUBLES

    First Round (Oct. 6)

    Brito/Castillo (Fla. Int’l) def. Fansler/Kinstler (USC) – 8-4

    Pulido/Sanchez (USC) def. Redecsi/Salkovic (DePaul) – 8-2

     

    Second Round (Oct. 6)

    [5] Ardiez/Dy (Washington) def. Pulido/Sanchez (USC) – 8-5