Baylor Edges USC Women 4-3

    Kaitlyn Christian pulled off a three-setter to wrap the day with a win for the Trojans.

    March 11, 2014

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 10 USC women's tennis team got a slow start in today's Tuesday matchup against visiting No. 17 Baylor, and the Bears' early advantage would help them hold on for a 4-3 win over the host Women of Troy. USC goes to 9-4 overall with the loss.

    In doubles, USC's new pairings for the day saw juniors Gabriella DeSimone and Zoë Scandalis notch the first win on an 8-2 decision at the No. 3 spot. But Baylor fired back and got wins on court one over USC's Boren/Christian and then at the No. 2 spot over USC's Katz/Olmos -- two pairs teamed up for the first time this year.

    With the first point of the match in Baylor's hands, the Bears would make it a 2-0 advantage when Blair Shankle topped USC freshman Zoë Katz 7-5, 6-2 on court four and then Jordaan Sanford handed out a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Giuliana Olmos at the No. 3 position. Senior Brynn Boren put a stop to the Baylor efforts with a gutsy 7-5, 7-5 win over #68 Ema Burgic on court two next, however, and USC was on the board with a 3-1 deficit to get to work on. With three-setters looking possible on the remaining courts, Baylor's #52 Kiah Generette was able to sidestep an extended match against USC's #25 Zoë Scandalis on court one. Generette stole away the clincher with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Scandalis to give Baylor a 4-1 lead.

    That left USC's Gabriella DeSimone in her third set at the No. 5 spot, while Kaitlyn Christian was pushing for a third on court six. DeSimone's opponent Victoria Kisialeva would have to retire from the match, unfortunately, putting a point in USC's column to make it 4-2 before Christian came through with by capping the day with a comeback win on court six. She'd top Alex Lay 6-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) to wrap things up at 4-3 at Marks Stadium.



    The USC women now turn to take a road trip later this week. The Women of Troy will visit Colorado first in a 1:30 p.m. MT matchup in Boulder on Friday (March 14) before heading to Salt Lake City to face Utah at 12 p.m. MT on Sunday (March 16).

    #17 Baylor 4, #10 USC 3
    March 11, 2014 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    (1) #34 Kisialeva/Shankle (Baylor) def. Boren/Christian (USC) - 8-4
    (2) Burgic/Generette (Baylor) def. Katz/Olmos (USC) - 8-6
    (3) DeSimone/Scandalis (USC) def. Leatu/Sanford (Baylor) - 8-2
    Baylor wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 3, 1, 2*
    (1) #52 Kiah Generette (BAY) def. #25 Zoë Scandalis (USC) - 6-3, 7-5*
    (2) Brynn Boren (USC) def. #68 Ema Burgic (BAY) - 7-5, 7-5
    (3) #122 Jordaan Sanford (BAY) def. #71 Giuliana Olmos (USC) - 6-2, 6-2
    (4) Blair Shankle (BAY) def. #76 Zoë Katz (USC) - 7-5, 6-2
    (5) Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Victoria Kisialeva (BAY) - 3-6, 7-5, 2-1 ret.
    (6) Kaitlyn Christian (USC) def. Alex Clay (BAY) - 6-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8)
    Order of finish: 4, 3, 2, 1*, 5, 6