Trojans take down Cougars
USC races out to 5-0 lead vs. Washington State
PULLMAN, Wash. -- USC captured a 6-1 win against Washington State on Saturday afternoon. At one point of the matchup between the two Pac-10 schools, the Trojans held a 5-0 lead on the Cougars. Freshman Kaitlyn Christian decided matters with her straight-set win at her No. 3 singles spot, helping USC to improve to 13-5 overall and 3-2 in PAC-10 play.
Christian also helped kick off a doubles sweep by the Women of Troy when she and senior Maria Sanchez teamed up at the No. 1 slot for an 8-2 win against Ksenia Googe and Liudmila Vasilieva. Cristala Andrews and Alison Ramos tag-teamed the No. 3 spot for an 8-3 win, leading into an 8-4 decision at No. 2 in favor of Trojan pair Lyndsay Kinstler and Danielle Lao.
With that 1-0 advantage in hand, USC strung together three consecutive straight-set wins to secure the team victory. Ramos was up first with a 6-2, 6-1 win at the No. 4 position versus Andjela Kankaras. No. 26 Danielle Lao was next in line with a smooth shutout win over Elisabeth Fournier on court two, and Christian secured victory with a 6-1, 6-3 decision at the No. 2 spot against Googe. On top of the ladder, Sanchez, USC's No. 1, lost the second set to force a third-set tiebreak against WSU's Vasilieva. From there, the Trojan senior gutted out a tight and long tiebreak, winning 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (13-11) to give USC the 5-0 lead.
The Cougars got on the board from the No. 6 position when Jessica Gomez managed a 6-4, 6-1 win against Trojan freshman Hayley Miller. Andrews capped off the day's work with a win at No. 5 for USC. She posted a 6-0, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6) victory against Olga Musilovich.