UCLA Edges USC Women In Westwood

    Rianna Valdes was a winner in doubles and singles for the Trojans at UCLA.
    Feb. 25, 2016

    WESTWOOD, CALIF. — In the rivals’ first clash of the season, No. 29 UCLA was able to pull off a 5-2 win over visiting No. 38 USC today on the Bruins’ home courts in Westwood. The match does not count toward Pac-12 standings, and puts USC at a 3-4 overall record on the year with the loss.

    The Women of Troy combined forces for the first point of the match as USC reigned supreme in doubles action Junior Zoë Katz and sophomore Madison Westby teamed up at the No. 2 spot for a 6-2 win over their Bruin opponents to notch the first win of the day for the Trojans. UCLA’s higher-ranked #5 pair of Harrison/Phillips was able to fend off USC’s #8 Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith 6-2 on court one to put the decider at court three. There, USC’s freshman pairing of Jessica Failla and Rianna Valdes was up to the task, pinning up a 6-4 win over UCLA’s Miller/Wiley to tally a 1-0 lead for the Trojans one the scoreboard.

    In singles, USC’s freshman power would continue to click, as #60 Rianna Valdes was in a groove on court six. Valdes would speed to a 6-1, 6-1 win over UCLA’s Kelly Shaffer, and USC was up 2-0 on the Bruins in the match. UCLA was able to regroup from there, however, and made a successful push into the lead and on to victory with four straight wins. On court one, #19 Catherine Harrison managed a 6-4, 6-1 win over USC’s #21 senior Giuliana Olmos to get UCLA its first point of the day. Then, UCLA’s Alaina Miller grabbed a 6-2, 6-3 win over USC’s #85 Gabby Smith at the No. 3 spot to make all things even at 2-2. Not long after that equalizer, UCLA’s Kyle McPhillips sidestepped a threat for a third set against Madison Westby and held on for a 6-0, 7-6 victory on court two to net a 3-2 Bruin advantage. On court five, USC junior Zoë Katz had made a valiant effort in the second set to rebound from an intense first-set tiebreaker loss and bring up a third. Her Bruin opponent Terri Fleming had her own response in the third, however, and was able to defend her home court and provide the clinching win on a 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Katz. The win was in UCLA’s hands, but the three-setter on court four would rage on. In a tight third set, UCLA’s Kristin Wiley would make a late move against USC’s #66 freshman Jessica Failla to wrap the day as a 5-2 Bruin win on Wiley’s 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 victory over the Trojan freshman



    USC now turns to host its first Pac-12 matches of the season next week. The Trojans will first tangle with Washington in a 1:30 p.m. match on Friday (March 4) at Marks Stadium, followed by a 12 p.m. bout with Washington State on Saturday (March 5) on the Trojans’ home courts. 

    #29 UCLA 5, #38 USC 2
    February 25, 2016 - Westwood, Calif.
    (1) #5 Harrison/Phillips (UCLA) def. #8 Olmos/Smith (USC) - 6-2
    (2) Katz/Westby (USC) def. Fleming/Shaffer (UCLA) - 6-2
    (3) Failla/Valdes (USC) def. Miller/Wiley (UCLA) - 6-4
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
    (1) #19 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) def. #21 Giuliana Olmos (USC) - 6-4, 6-1
    (2) Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. #90 Madison Westby (USC) - 6-0, 7-6 (5)
    (3) Alaina Miller (UCLA) def. #85 Gabby Smith (USC) - 6-2, 6-3
    (4) Kristin Wiley (UCLA) def. #66 Jessica Failla (USC) - 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-5
    (5) Terri Fleming (UCLA) def. Zoë Katz (USC) - 7-6 (9), 2-6, 6-3*
    (6) #60 Rianna Valdes (USC) def. Kelly Shaffer (UCLA) - 6-1, 6-1
    Order of finish: 6, 1, 3, 2, 5*, 4