Women's Tennis
    Women of Troy Fall In NCAA Semis

    Senior Maria Sanchez and freshman Kaitlyn Christian are USC's first NCAA doubles semifinalists.

    May 29, 2011

    STANFORD, CALIF. - USC's potent pair of freshman-senior talent made history with today's appearance in the NCAA Doubles Semifinals in becoming the first Women of Troy team to roll that deep in the tournament. Kaitlyn Christian and Maria Sanchez were one of three Pac-10 pairs to reach the semifinal round, but the Trojans were up against a couple of Clemson players for their semi showdown.

    Christian/Sanchez got behind in the beginning of both sets, trailing Clemson's Bek/Wong 4-1 on both occasions before making a push to close the gap. In the first set, the USC pair fought back to get within one game, down 5-4 before the Clemson team pulled ahead with a break to claim the first set 6-4. The second set almost mirrored the first. Down 4-1, Christian/Sanchez battled back to bring it to 4-3 with a hold from Sanchez and a break. Clemson caught an edge by taking the next one to go up 5-3, but USC again answered with a break to get it to 5-4. Once more, however, the Tigers found a late advantage and would wind up with the win, taking a 6-4, 6-4 victory to put Bek/Wong in the title match.

    That wraps up a 2011 campaign that saw Christian/Sanchez post a 30-5 overall record together in doubles play. The ITA Southwest Regional champions, Christian and Sanchez would go on to earn the No. 3 seed in this year's NCAA Doubles Championships. Freshman Christian earned honors as the ITA Southwest Region Player to Watch, and senior Sanchez hauled in the ITA National Senior Player of the Year award to go along with her honor as the Pac-10 Player of the Year.

    [3] Kaitlyn Christian / Maria Sanchez
    First Round (May 26)
    def. Fahoum/Nze (Duke - 7-6, 6-1
    Round of 16 (May 27)
    def. Frilling/Matthews (Notre Dame) - 6-4, 6-2
    Quarterfinals (May 28)
    def. Chan/Dy (Washington) - 6-1, 6-4
    Semifinals (May 29)
    lost to [5-8] Bek/Wong (Clemson) - 6-4, 6-4



    Alison Ramos / Valeria Pulido
    First Round (May 26)
    lost to Fraser/Tomljanovic (Virginia) - 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

    [2] Maria Sanchez
    First Round (May 25)
    def. Diane Nakic (Baylor) - 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
    Round of 32 (May 26)
    lost to Mari Andersson (Cal) - 6-2, 6-3

    Danielle Lao
    First Round (May 25)
    def. [9-16] Sona Novakova (Baylor) - 6-2, 6-4
    Round of 32 (May 26)
    lost to Nicole Gibbs (Stanford) - 6-2, 6-1