UCLA Delivers a 4-3 Upset to the Trojans|
March 4, 2015
LOS ANGELES - On Wednesday, March 4, the No. 3 USC women's tennis team traveled across town to face No. 11 UCLA in the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins upset the Trojans 4-3 in a thrilling match, which lasted almost five hours. The Women of Troy entered the match coming off a six-match winning streak. After today's loss, USC is currently 10-2 overall.
The Trojans snagged the first win of the day as the duo of Madison Westby and Gabby Smith beat Bruins Fleming and Wiley. Court one finished shortly after with UCLA's No. 2 Harrison and McPhillips taking down the No. 15 Trojan pair of Zoë Scandalis and Giulianna Olmos. All the action was now focused on court two. Trojans Zoë Katz and Sabrina Santamaria were locked in a heated battle with Bruin twosome No. 28 Anderson and Van Nguyen. USC was down 4-5, but the Trojans continued to fight. Both teams exchanged games, and Katz/Santamaria were able to up the set at 7-7. A tiebreak would determine the winner, and the Bruins reached the finish line first with a score of 7-2. This made it an 8-7 final score to take the doubles point.
The intensity of doubles rolled over into the singles competition. On court three, USC's No. 46 Sabrina Santamaria took charge and claimed a quick and decisive 6-2, 6-0 win over her Bruin opponent, No. 28 Kyle McPhillips. UCLA responded with a win of their own as the 2014 Honda Award recipient, No. 3 Robin Anderson halted Trojan No. 17 Giuliana Olmos. The battle on court one remained intense, but Anderson took both sets with a score of 6-4, 6-4.
UCLA continued to pose a threat as No. 91 Kaitlin Ray beat USC's No. 89 Gabby Smith 7-5, 6-2. This win moved pushed the Bruins further ahead with a score of 3-1.
This lit a fire under USC as they claimed the next two victories. After losing the first set 1-6, No. 106 Madison Westby came back and defeated UCLA's No. 72 Catherine Harrison by winning the next two sets 6-4, 6-1. On court six, No. 94 Meredith Xepoleas collected a win over UCLA's Terri Fleming 6-2, 7-6(6). Xepoleas' win tied up the score at 3-3.
All eyes were now on court two. In the last match of the day, No. 36 Zöe Scandalis was head to head with UCLA's No. 7 Chanelle Van Nguyen. Van Nguyen claimed the first set with a decisive 6-2 score. During the second set, Van Nguyen began to cramp, and Scandalis used this as an opportunity to make a comeback. She never let up, and took the second set 6-3. Games were exchanged in the third set, and ultimately, it came down to a tie break. After a long fought battle, Van Nguyen won the tie break and clinched the match with a final score of 7-6(4).
This loss places USC at 47-50 all-time in the series with the crosstown rival, however it does not affect conference standings as the Trojans will be facing the Bruins again on April 16.
The Women of Troy will defend their home court in their next competition versus San Diego State on Wednesday, March 11 in Marks Stadium.
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