No. 7 USC Women Upset No. 3 Cal 4-3 In Exciting Conference Clash

    Meredith Xepoleas clinched the match for the Trojans in her exciting three-set win.
    March 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 7 USC women's tennis team came through with a big upset win today, defeating visiting No. 3 California 4-3 in a thrilling match at Marks Stadium. This marks the third win in a row for the Trojans as they continue their winning streak while upsetting the Bears for the second time this season after another 4-3 victory posted in Berkeley, Calif. on Feb. 20. Today's match counted toward the Pac-12 standings, putting USC at 2-0 in conference action and now 13-2 overall.

    The Bears snagged the first win of the day as Cal's #11 Fabikova/Susanyi beat USC's #17 Olmos/Scandalis 8-4. One loss was not going to slow down the Trojans, though. Court three finished next as the Trojan duo of Smith/Westby defeated Cal's Chi/Popovic 8-6. On court one, USC's Katz/Santamaria were locked in a battle with Cal's #5 Manasse/Starr. After exchanging games back and forth, the Trojans came out on top by winning 8-6 and claiming the doubles point.

    Even though they had secured the doubles point, the Trojans knew the Golden Bears were not to be overlooked. Court one was first to finish as USC's #36 Sabrina Santamaria fell to Cal's #4 Maegan Manasse 6-1, 6-1. Even though this was Santamaria's first singles loss of the season, she fell to a very formidable opponent in Manasse.

    Court five was quick to finish soon thereafter as USC's #88 freshman Gabby Smith sprinted through her match to defeat Cal's #61 Karla Popovic 6-1, 6-1. The Trojans were now 2-1 up on the Golden Bears. Cal answered back with a win of its own as #29 Zsofi beat #65 Madison Westby 6-2, 6-4 on court four to tie up the overall score 2-2.

    The remaining three matches were locked in tight battles. On court three, USC's #39 Zoë Scandalis was putting up a fight, but would fall to Cal's #81 Denise Starr 6-4, 6-2. This win pushed the Bears into their first lead of the day, up at 3-2.



    It was up to the final two competing Trojans to decide the match for USC. After losing the first set on court two, USC's #18 Giuliana Olmos was determined to keep USC in the match. She came back and won sets two and three in a decisive manner to finish off a 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 comeback victory over #27 Klara Fabikova and tie up the overall score 3-3.

    All eyes were now locked on court six. USC's #83 Meredith Xepoleas was continuing her long battle as she duked it out with Cal's #34 Lynn Chi for the match. The Trojan freshman won the close first set 7-6 (6), but dropped the second set 2-6. For set number three, the entire crowd moved over to support Xepoleas on court six. Every point that was won in USC's favor resulted in explosions of cheers from the crowd. Xepoleas found her momentum in the third set and breezed through to post a 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-3 victory that clinched the match for the Women of Troy.

    The weekend of competition continues for USC as it faces Stanford tomorrow (March 22) at 2:30 p.m. at Marks Stadium. Singles play will begin at 4 p.m. and will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.

    #7 USC 4, #3 California 3
    March 21, 2015 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    (1) Santamaria/Katz (USC) def. #5 Manasse/Starr (Cal) - 8-6
    (2) #11 Fabikova/Susanyi (Cal) def. #17 Olmos/Scandalis (USC) - 8-4
    (3) Westby/Smith (USC) def. Chi/Popovic (Cal) - 8-6
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
    (1) #4 Maegen Manasse (Cal) def. #36 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) - 6-1, 6-1
    (2) #18 Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. #27 Klara Fabikova (Cal) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
    (3) #81 Denise Starr (Cal) def. #39 Zoë Scandalis (USC) - 6-4, 6-2
    (4) #29 Zsofi Susanyi (Cal) def. #65 Madison Westby (USC) - 6-2, 6-4
    (5) #88 Gabby Smith (USC) def. #61 Karla Popovic (Cal) - 6-1, 6-1
    (6) #83 Meredith Xepoleas (USC) def. #34 Lynn Chi (Cal) - 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-3*
    Order of finish: 1, 5, 4, 3, 2, 6*