Women's Tennis
    Trojans Advance At National Indoors

    Nov. 4, 2010

    FLUSHING, N.Y. -- Both No. 7 seeds in singles action, Steve Johnson and Maria Sanchez worked through the first round of competition today at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships. Meanwhile, USC's Valeria Pulido / Alison Ramos pounded their way through doubles play to take a spot in tomorrow's quarterfinals.

    The defending men's singles champ at the tourney, Steve Johnson rolled through his Round of 32 opponent Will Spencer of Georgia today. Johnson tacked up a 6-2, 6-4 win to secure a Round of 16 battle with Denver's Enej Bonin tomorrow.

    On the women's side of the game, Maria Sanchez pulled out a tough match against longtime power Nina Secerbegovic of Baylor. The two battled through three sets, with Sanchez on top first before Secerbegovic was able to pull out the second set. Sanchez locked things down in the third, however, putting away her Baylor foe with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 victory to move on. Sanchez will go up against Clemson's Josipa Bek tomorrow in the Round of 16. Her USC teammate also had a long match on her hands in today's Round of 32, as sophomore Danielle Lao went up against No. 5 seed Denise Dy of Washington. Lao made a match of it by first the second set, but Dy held on and rounded out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 win to snap Lao's winning streak that had carried her to last week's ITA Southwest Regional singles title.

     

     

    On the doubles court, USC's Valeria Pulido / Alison Ramos tandem made no mistake about their rightful place in the quarterfinal round. The Trojans dealt out an 8-1 win over Bayor's Novakova/Secerbegovic today. That earns the USC pair a matchup with No. 3 seeded Bek/Wong of Clemson tomorrow.

    2010 USTA/ITA NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
    (USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center - Flushing, N.Y.)

    MEN'S SINGLES
    Round of 32 - Nov. 4
    [7] Steve Johnson (USC) def. Will Spencer (UGA) -- 6-2, 6-4

    Round of 16 - Nov. 5
    [7] Steve Johnson (USC) vs. Enej Bonin (DEN)

    WOMEN'S SINGLES
    Round of 32 - Nov. 4
    [7] Maria Sanchez (USC) def. Nina Secerbegovic (BAY) -- 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
    [5] Denise Dy (WASH) def. Danielle Lao (USC) -- 4-6, 6-3, 6-0

    Round of 16 - Nov. 5
    [7] Maria Sanchez (USC) vs. Josipa Bek (CLEM)

    WOMEN'S DOUBLES
    Round of 16 - Nov. 4
    Pulido/Ramos (USC) def. Novakova/Secerbegovic (BAY) -- 8-1

    Quarterfinals - Nov. 5
    Pulido/Ramos (USC) vs. Bek/Wong (CLEM)