Junior Lindsey Nelson took 2nd place at the NCAA Women's Singles Tennis Championships Monday night at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. Nelson, who was forth seed, fell to the top-ranked player in the nation, Miami's Audra Cohen.
With the first set tied up 3-3 during the pair's 2007 NCAA Singles final match, Nelson drilled out a break of Cohen, then fired off four straight service points to take a 5-3 advantage. Cohen held serve next to pull the score to 5-4 as Nelson went to the service line. Cohen answered back at that point, although Nelson fended off a couple advantages by Cohen before the Hurricane got the edge and leveled the match 5-5. Cohen then pushed through, holding once more to take the lead 6-5, before tacking up one last break to come from behind and win the first set 7-5.
In some ways disappointing but it is an impressive achievement to go to the finals in back to back years. The news is not all bad though as Nelson earned back-to-back Tennis Honda Award nominations.
Now having reached the NCAA final twice in her career, Nelson shines as only the second USC player all-time to have even appeared in the NCAA singles title match, as Beth Herr won the NCAA championship in 1983. Nelson also is now one of only three Women of Troy to be named a Honda Award finalist and the only Trojan to have earned the honor twice in her career. Anna Maria Fernandez was the first and only USC player to win the award - having done so in 1981 before NCAA competition began for women's tennis - and Herr was a finalist in 1983.
Congrats Lindsey on a great season!