No. 14 Women's Tennis Falls at No. 3 USC, 6-1

Jan. 28, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - The No. 14 Pepperdine women's tennis team was in the middle of doubles action on Saturday at No. 3 USC's Marks Stadium, but the winner would not be decided until Sunday after heavy rain delayed the tight matches. The Waves returned to USC to resume play, but ultimately fell, 6-1, to the Trojans.

The Waves moved to 2-1 on the season, while the Trojans improved to 2-0.

USC picked up the first win in doubles at court three as No. 23-ranked Sarah Fansler and Dianne Matias defeated Jillian Braverman and Anete Bandere, 8-4. Two tight matches remained and while it looked like Pepperdine would get the victory at No. 2, USC's No. 15 duo of Judy DeVera and Amanda Fink came up with the doubles point after winning 9-8 over Bianca Dulgheru and Katia Sabate.

In the No. 1 doubles position, Sylvia Kosakowski and Eva Dickes defeated Lindsey Nelson and Julie Smekodub 9-7.

The Trojans came up with three straight singles victories at positions four, two and three to take the match. After losing in the first set, Eva Dickes and Jillian Braverman came back to win in the second, but both fell in the third set at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.

Pepperdine's lone point came on the No. 1 spot where No. 22 Bianca Dulgheru defeated Nelson 6-4, 6-2.

The Waves are next in action at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis. Action begins on Thursday, Feb. 1 and continues until Sunday, Feb. 4.

(1) Kosakowski/Dickes (PEP) def. Nelson/Smekodub (USC) - 9-7

(2) DeVera/Fink (USC) def. Dulgheru/Sabate (PEP) - 9-8 (4)

(3) Fansler/Matias (USC) def. Braverman/Bandere - 8-4
Order: 3,2,1


1) Bianca Dulgheru (PEP) def. Lindsey Nelson (USC) - 6-4, 6-2

(2) Sarah Fansler (USC) def. Sylvia Kosakowski (PEP) - 6-3, 6-1

(3) Amanda Fink (USC) def. Anna Sabate (PEP) - 6-3, 6-3

(4) Dianne Matias (USC) def. Caroline Raba (PEP) - 6-1, 6-1

(5) Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Eva Dickes (PEP) - 6-1, 4-6, 6-2

(6) Julie Smekodub (USC) def. Jillian Braverman (PEP) - 6-0, 3-6, 6-2

Order of finish: 4, 2, 3*, 6, 5, 1



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