Women's Tennis
    Trojans Take New York For ITA National Indoors

    Nov. 3, 2010

    The USC men's and women's tennis teams have a set of Trojans prepped for battle this week at the competitive ITA/USTA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, held Nov. 4-7 in Flushing, N.Y. High rankings and successful regional runs have launched USC's Steve Johnson, Maria Sanchez, Danielle Lao, Alison Ramos and Valeria Pulido into the mix for action this week at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

    As the newly crowned ITA Southwest Regional champions, Lao, Ramos and Pulido secured their places at the National Indoor championships. Lao powered her way to the regional singles championships after a tough three-set title bout against teammate Sanchez. Sanchez already had her qualification for the National Indoors in hand as the No. 3 ranked singles player in the nation, coupled with her trip through to the regional final. Pulido and Ramos landed their place in the National Indoors doubles scene by making a dominating run through the regional doubles competition to win the ITA Southwest Regional doubles title. On the men's side, No. 7-ranked Steve Johnson is representing the Trojans as the defending National Indoor singles champion, and was selected as an ITA wildcard into this year's action.



    Johnson and Sanchez both picked up the No. 7 seeds for their competition this week. Johnson will open up the 32-player men's singles bracket with a clash against Georgia's Will Spencer tomorrow (Nov. 5) in the first round. On the women's side of the game, seventh-seeded Sanchez opens up against Baylor's Nina Secerbegovic. Lao will line up against No. 5 seed Denise Dy of Washington in the first round.

    In doubles, Pulido and Ramos have a Baylor pair to contend with as Secerbegovic teams with Sona Novakova for Thursday's doubles first round.

    These championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: champions from USTA/ITA Regional Championships held across the country during October, the USTA/ITA National Small College "Super Bowl" champions, the doubles champions and singles quarterfinalists from the D'Novo/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships, as well as at-large and wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee.


    While that group of five Trojans are doing battle in New York, their teammates have competition of their own on tap as well this week. The USC men will compete at the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships in Westwood, Calif., and the remaining USC women will be in Palm Springs for the Duels in the Desert.

    USC's singles entries: [5] Peter Lucassen, [4] Jaak Poldma, [5] Ray Sarmiento, JT Sundling, Michael Grant
    USC's doubles entries: [2] Jaak Poldma / JT Sundling, [4] Peter Lucassen / Ray Sarmiento