USC Women Round Up 5-2 Upset Of No. 16 Oklahoma State

    Jessica Failla stood tall for the Trojans to notch the clinching win from court five.
    March 16, 2016

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — The No. 48 USC women’s tennis team rounded up a key victory today in dealing out a 5-2 win over visiting No. 16 Oklahoma State. The Trojans’ win over the Cowgirls is their best victory of the year and improves USC to 6-4 overall. 

    Doubles matches were a tight affair until the Trojans were able to make moves on courts one and two. At the No. 2 spot, Zoë Katz and Madison Westby got on a hot streak in turning a 3-3 lockup into a 6-3 win over OSU’s Lushkova/Tur Mari. Not long after that, USC’s top guns, #8 Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith stayed the course and pinned up an identical score to beat #15 Alvarez/Laurente and tack a 1-0 Trojan lead onto the scoreboard. USC’s freshman combo of Jessica Failla and Rianna Valdes had their No. 3 doubles match suspended at 4-3, and the two young Trojans stayed hungry for singles.

    On court six, #11 Rianna Valdes made sure to finish off her Cowgirl opponent with a swift 6-2, 6-1 win, topping Maria Alvarez to put the Trojans ahead 2-0. At the No. 2 spot, Oklahoma State was able to get on the board and close the gap when #35 Vladica Babic beat USC’s #101 Madison Westby 6-3, 6-4. Just minutes later, however, fellow sophomore #90 Gabby Smith padded out the Trojan lead once again. She’d shrug off an early deficit in the second set and make a move to victory, punching up a 6-3, 6-2 win over Kelsey Laurente to charge up USC to a 3-1 lead, just a win away from victory. 

    The deciding stroke would come from the hands of freshman #125 Jessica Failla, who turned the tide on an 0-3 start and rattled off eight straight games to get back into control. Failla stole away the last two games with a hold and a break to notch the clincher on the board for USC with her 6-3, 6-3 victory over Carla Tur Mari. With the match decided, there were two matches still underway. On court three, Oklahoma State’s #65 Viktoriya Lushkova was able to fight back against USC’s Zoë Katz and finish off a three-setter 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 to make it 4-2. At the No. 2 spot, however, USC’s #25 Giuliana Olmos was far from ready to give in to Oklahoma State’s #30 Katarina Adamovic. Olmos trailed 4-5 in the second set but kept fighting. She’d push back and win the second set and force a 10-point tiebreaker to decider her battle on court one. In the breaker, it was all Olmos. The senior whipped up a 10-3 win to top off a 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-3) comeback victory and wrap the match as a 5-2 Trojan victory. 

    USC now heads to Indian Wells for a face-off against No. 52 Baylor at 4 p.m. on Saturday (March 19) as a part of the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Challenge presented by Oracle. 



    #48 USC 5, #16 Oklahoma State 2
    March 16, 2016 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    (1) #8 Olmos/Smith (USC) def. #15 Alvarez/Laurente (OSU) - 6-3
    (2) Katz/Westby (USC) def. #50 Lushkova/Tur Mari (OSU) - 6-3
    (3) Failla/Valdes (USC) vs. Adamovic/Babic (OSU) - 4-3 susp.
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 2, 1
    (1) #25 Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. #30 Katarina Adamovic (OSU) - 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-3)
    (2) #35 Vladica Babic (OSU) def. #101 Madison Westby (USC) - 6-3, 6-4
    (3) #65 Viktoriya Lushkova (OSU) def. Zoë Katz (USC) - 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
    (4) #90 Gabby Smith (USC) def. Kelsey Laurente (OSU) - 6-3, 6-2
    (5) #125 Jessica Failla (USC) def. Carla Tur Mari (OSU) - 6-3, 6-3*
    (6) #111 Rianna Valdes (USC) def. Maria Alvarez (OSU) - 6-2, 6-1
    Order of finish:  6, 2, 4, 5*, 3, 1