No. 3 Gators Top No. 4 USC Women In Florida

    USC fell in Florida today.
    Feb. 7, 2016


    GAINESVILLE, FLA. — The No. 4 USC women’s tennis team came up against a tough No. 3 Florida squad today. The highly ranked Gators held court on their home courts and managed a 7-0 sweep of the visiting Women of Troy. USC goes to 3-2 with the loss.

    Ranked at every position on the lineup, the Gators were able to maneuver ahead of the Trojans early. In an epic battle on court one, Florida’s #5 pairing of Austin/Keegan was able to fend off USC’s #4 dup of Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith 6-4. At the No. 2 spot, Florida’s #15 Kuhlman/Woolcock topped USC’s Jessica Failla and Zoë Katz 6-4 to send the teams on through to singles play with the Gators up 1-0. 

    Florida got another step ahead with a win from court six, where #110 Anna Danilina nabbed a 6-2, 6-0 win over USC’s #48 freshman Rianna Valdes. The Gators got up 3-0 next when #56 Josie Kuhlman topped #49 Madison Westby 6-4, 6-1. At the top spot, USC’s top gun #42 Giuliana Olmos had a tough draw against #11 Brooke Austin. A tight first set saw the Gator pull off the tiebreaker, and Olmos would fall behind in the second to take a 7-6 (3), 6-4 loss that clinched the win for the Gators. 

    Florida’s higher ranked players would stand their ground in the next three matches. On court four, #25 Kourtney Keegan got out ahead of USC’s #76 Jessica Failla for a 6-2, 6-4 decision that gave Florida a 5-0 advantage. Next, Florida’s #3 Belinda Woolcock tallied a 6-4, 6-3 win over USC sophomore Gabby Smith, and then the match would wrap up on #51 Brianna Morgan’s 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 comeback win over USC’s #114 Zoë Katz on court five. 

    The Women of Troy return home next, with their next competition coming in a nonconference clash against California on Feb. 19 at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Stadium. 

    #3 Florida 7, #4 USC 0
    February 7, 2016 - Gainesville, Fla.
    DOUBLES
    (1) #5 Austin/Keegan (FLA) def. #4 Olmos/Smith (USC) - 6-4
    (2) #15 Kuhlman/Woolcock (FLA) def. Failla/Katz (USC) - 6-4
    (3) Valdes/Westby (USC) vs. #50 Danilina/Morgan (FLA) - 3-5 susp.
    Florida wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 1, 2
    SINGLES
    (1) #11 Brooke Austin (FLA) def. #42 Giuliana Olmos (USC) - 7-6 (3), 6-4*
    (2) #3 Belinda Woolcock (FLA) def. Gabby Smith (USC) - 6-4, 6-3
    (3) #56 Josie Kuhlman (FLA) def. #49 Madison Westby (USC) - 6-4, 6-1
    (4) #25 Kourtney Keegan (FLA) def. #76 Jessica Failla (USC) - 6-2, 6-4
    (5) #51 Brianna Morgan (FLA) def. #114 Zoë Katz (USC) - 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
    (6) #110 Anna Danilina (FLA) def. #48 Rianna Valdes (USC) - 6-2, 6-0
    Order of finish: 6, 3, 1*, 4, 2, 5