Women's Tennis
    Niculescu Wins Out At Duals In the Desert

    Nov. 3, 2008

    PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. - USC junior Gabriela Niculescu pounded out three powerful singles wins and tallied a pair of doubles victories alongside sophomore Lyndsay Kinstler to help lead the USC women's tennis team in action at the Duals in the Desert over the weekend. Held at Moore Tennis Academy, the tournament offers multiple flights of eight-player brackets for competition among several top tennis squads. The Trojans sent six players to the weekend's Duals and had three doubles teams entered into the competition in Palm Springs.

    Niculescu tacked up a 6-0, 6-3 win to open things in the desert before shutting out her next opponent in a smooth 6-0, 6-0 decision to move into the flight final. There, she continued her straight-set stretch with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Baylor's Jelena Stanivuik. USC sophomore Leyla Entekhabi also had a winning effort in her Flight Four singles bracket, going 2-1 down the stretch. Entekhabi took down her first two opponents before falling in the final.

    In doubles, Niculescu and Kinstler teamed up for two decisive wins before being edged out by Borsanyi/Siwosz of Baylor in that final match.

    Below are the complete final results for the Women of Troy competing at the Duals in the Desert over the last weekend.

    (Oct. 31-Nov. 2)

    SINGLES - Flight One
    Amanda Fink
    def. Caroline Larsson (Texas) - 6-4, 6-0
    lost to Taylor Ormond (Baylor) - 7-6 (1), 1-6, 6-2
    lost to Sanaz Marand (UNC) - 6-3, 6-1

    SINGLES - Flight Two
    Sarah Fansler
    lost to Keri Wong (Clemson) - 6-4, 7-6 (1)

    SINGLES - Flight Three
    Gabriela Niculescu
    def. Amanda Craddock (Texas) - 6-0, 6-3
    def. Gabriella Mejia (Miami) - 6-0, 6-0
    def. Jelena Stanivuik (Baylor) - 6-2, 6-0



    SINGLES - Flight Four
    Leyla Entekhabi
    def. Alexandra Luc (Clemson) - 6-2, 6-2
    def. Shinann Featherston (UNC) - 6-4, 6-0
    lost to Lauren Lui (Northwestern) - 6-4, 6-1

    SINGLES - Flight Five
    Lyndsay Kinstler
    lost to Sarah Lancaster (Texas) - 6-3, 6-1
    def. Meg Fanjoy (UNC) - def.
    lost to Kasia Siwosz (Baylor) - 6-4, 6-1

    SINGLES - Flight Six
    Cristala Andrews
    lost to Abby Liu (Texas) - 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
    def. Jelena Durisic (UNC) - 6-1, 6-4
    lost to Zuzana Chmelarova (Baylor) - 6-3, 6-3

    DOUBLES - Flight One
    lost to Mijacika/Wong (Clemson) - 8-2
    lost to Damico/Mello (Texas) - 8-2

    DOUBLES - Flight Two
    def. Hadiselimovic/VanAdrichem (Clemson) - 8-4
    def. Featherston/Grabinski (UNC) - 8-4
    lost to Borsanyi/Siwosz (Baylor) - 9-7

    DOUBLES - Flight Three
    def. Liu/Lancaster (Texas) - 8-6
    lost to Fanjoy/Reichert (UNC) - 9-7
    lost to Luc/Balda (Clemson) - 8-3