Trojan Trio Wraps Action In Semifinals At National Collegiate

    Gabriella DeSimone had a busy and successful trip to Palm Springs.

    Jan. 20, 2014

    PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. -- USC junior Gabriella DeSimone made deep runs in both the singles and doubles brackets at this year's National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. DeSimone teamed up with senior Kaitlyn Christian for a push to the doubles semis, while she also went solo for a strike to the singles semifinals.

    USC sophomore Ellie Yates also got out of the gates for the spring with a solid singles effort. She dealt out powerful straight-set wins over her first two opponents before facing and falling to eventual champ and top seed Kristie Ahn of Stanford in the quarterfinals. DeSimone would come up against Ahn in the semifinals, after the Trojan junior won in straight sets in her first match before beating UCLA's Kaitlyn Ray in a tough match in the Round of 16. Her quarterfinal opponent pulled out with an injury.

    On the doubles side, DeSimone teamed with senior Kaitlyn Christian for a formidable pairing that saw the Women of Troy shut out their first two foes. In the semifinals next, up against the top-seeded Cardinal pair of Ahn/Zhau, the Trojans would fall short of a bid for the title match.

    Complete USC results at the NCTC below:


    First Round - Jan. 17
    Ellie Yates (USC) def. Samantha Asch (WAKE) - 6-1, 6-2
    [7] Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Dani Feneridis (PEP) - 6-2, 6-4
    Jana McCord (TAMU) def. Kaitlyn Christian (USC) - 6-0, 6-2



    Round of 16 - Jan. 17
    Ellie Yates (USC) def. Idil Hacaifoglu (USD) - 6-0, 6-0
    [7] Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Kaitlyn Ray (UCLA) - 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)

    Quarterfinals - Jan. 18
    [1] Kristie Ahn (STAN) def. Ellie Yates (USC) - 6-2, 6-1
    [7] Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. [4] Cristina Stancu (TAMU) - w/o

    Semifinals - Jan. 18
    [1] Kristie Ahn (STAN) def. [7] Gabriella DeSimone (USC) - 6-2, 6-0

    Round of 16 - Jan. 17
    Christian/DeSimone (USC) def. Dolehide/Van Nguyen (UCLA) - 6-0

    Quarterfinals - Jan. 17
    Christian/DeSimone (USC) def. Belcher/DiFilippo (USD) - 6-0

    Semifinals - Jan. 18
    [1] Ahn/Zhao (STAN) def. Christian/DeSimone (USC) - 6-1