Women's Tennis
    Rain Delay Moves NCAA Quarterfinals To San Francisco

    May 19, 2006

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. -- The NCAA Women's Tennis Quarterfinals have been moved from the outdoor courts of Stanford's Taube Tennis Center to the indoor San Francisco Tennis Club. Third-seeded USC's clash with No. 11 seed Northwestern was delayed almost four hours as teams relocated to the San Francisco site.

    USC is now tied 3-3 with Northwestern with just the No. 6 singles match stillin the balance. USC's Carine Vermeulen is up a set on Northwestern's Naxlie Ghazal and leads 3-1 in the second of the match-deciding battle.

    Lindsey Nelson tied the match 1-1 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Georgia Rose at No. 1 singles. At No. 2, Amanda Fink fought back to force a third set against Cristelle Grier, but had to retire from the match with an injury, putting Northwestern ahead 2-1. Luana Magnani gutted out a three-set win at No. 4 to pull the Women of Troy back even with her 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 victory over Alexis Prousis. Dianne Matias tacked up a smooth 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 4 over Jamie Piesel to get USC ahead 3-2.

    at No. 5, Anca Anastasiu fell in her first set at No. 5, and came just short of pushing the match into a third. She lost 6-2, 7-5 to Feriel Esseghir, leaving the teams snarled at 3-3 with No. 6 singles still hanging in the balance.

    In doubles play, USC fell behind with Luana Magnani / Lindsey Nelson's 8-1 loss at the No. 2 position, and then Dianne Matias / Carine Vermeulen were unable to catch their Wildcat opponents, falling 8-4 to enter singles play in a one-point hole. At the No. 3 doubles position, Judy DeVera / Amanda Fink were leading 6-5 when their match was halted to bring up singles play.

    Scores will be updated as matches are completed.

    USC 3, Northwestern 3

    DOUBLES
    (1) #13 Grier/Prousis (NU) def. #28 Matias/Vermeulen (USC) - 8-4
    (2) Esseghie/Rose (NU) def. #18 Magnani/Nelson (USC) - 8-1
    (3) DeVera/Fink (USC) vs. Ghazal/Piesel (NU) - 6-5 (susp)
    Northwestern wins doubles point.

    SINGLES
    (1) #18 Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. #45 Georgia Rose (NU) -- 6-2, 6-2
    (2) #11 Cristelle Grier (NU) def. #7 Amanda Fink (USC) -- 6-1, 5-7, 3-0 (def. injury)
    (3) #47 Luana Magnani (USC) def. #35 Alexis Prousis (NU) -- 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3
    (4) #29 Dianne Matias (USC) def. Jamie Piesel (NU) -- 6-0, 6-4
    (5) Feriel Esseghir (NU) def. #58 Anca Anastasiu (USC) -- 6-2, 7-5
    (6) #101 Carine Vermeulen (USC) vs. Nazlie Ghazal (NU)
    Order of finish: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5