No. 9 USC Serves Up Solid 6-1 Upset Of No. 4 Cal

    Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian set the winning tone with a solid doubles victory.

    Feb. 22, 2014

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 9 USC women's tennis team left little doubt in today's clash against No. 4 California, taking out its Pac-12 foe with a strong 6-1 victory at Marks Stadium. Now 7-2 overall, the Women of Troy have a big win in the books as they continue along in 2014 action. Today's victory over the Golden Bears came with the Trojans snagging a tight doubles point and then rattling off four straight-set singles wins in a row to bring home the win. Freshman Zoë Katz showed no fear against her ranked opponent in coming through with the clincher on her 6-0 6-4 victory over Cal's #84 Klara Fabikova.

    On court one in doubles, USC's defending NCAA champs Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria were in winning form for an 8-2 victory at the top. The Golden Bears answered back with an 8-6 win over USC's #4 Olmos/Scandalis to even the score, cranking up the tension on court three. The decider would come down to a tiebreaker there, with USC's #8 pair of Brynn Boren and Zoë Katz pulling of the clutch win with a 9-8 (2) decision over Cal's Chi/Duranteau to notch a big 1-0 lead for the host Trojans.

    That edge was an important momentum boost for the Women of Troy. At the No. 4 spot, #50 Zoë Scandalis rebounded from that doubles defeat and was all business in her singles clash with #15 Denise Starr. Scandalis drummed up a 2-0 lead for the Trojans with her swift 6-1, 6-1 decision. Fellow junior #26 Sabrina Santamaria delivered a 6-2, 6-1 win over Cal's #37 Annet Schutting on court one next, and USC was up 3-0 on the No. 4 Bears. Freshman Zoë Katz came out with guns blazing against #84 Klara Fabikova at the No. 5 spot. Katz shut out her Golden Bear foe in the first set and would roll on to a 6-0, 6-4 victory that got USC ahead 4-0 for the clincher. On court four, junior #99 Giuliana Olmos followed her doubles partner Scandalis to end the day on a win with her 6-3, 7-5 upset of #66 Lynn Chi, and USC was holding a 5-0 lead on the Bears. Cal's only point of the day would come on court two, where #16 Zsofi Susanyi was able to fend off USC's #118 Brynn Boren with a 6-3, 6-2 decision that made it 5-1. The Women of Troy would be sure to have the last word, however, with #123 Gabriella DeSimone finishing off one last upset with her 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (6) victory over Cal's #59 Maegan Manasse on court six to wrap the 6-1 win for USC.



    The Trojans' next action come up on Thursday (Feb. 27) when Saint Mary's comes back to town for a matchup at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Stadium.

    #9 USC 6, #4 California 1
    Feb. 22, 2014 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    (1) #26 Christian/Santamaria (USC) def. Manasse/Schutting (Cal) - 8-2
    (2) Chui/Starr (Cal) def. #4 Olmos/Scandalis (USC) - 8-6
    (3) #8 Boren/Katz (USC) def. Chi/Duranteau (Cal) - 9-8 (2)
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 1, 2, 3*
    (1) #26 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. #37 Anett Schutting (Cal) - 6-2, 6-1
    (2) #16 Zsofi Susanyi (Cal) def. #118 Brynn Boren (USC) - 6-3, 6-2
    (3) #50 Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. #15 Denise Starr (Cal) - 6-1, 6-1
    (4) #99 Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. #66 Lynn Chi (Cal) - 6-3, 7-5
    (5) Zoë Katz (USC) def. #84 Klara Fabikova (Cal) - 6-0, 6-4*
    (6) #123 Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. #59 Maegan Manasse (Cal) - 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (6)
    Order of finish: 3, 1, 5*, 4, 2, 6