Women of Troy Outlast Loyola Marymount|
March 22, 2017
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 40 USC women's tennis team was victorious over Loyola Marymount 4-3 on Wednesday (March 22) in Marks Stadium. With the non-conference win, the Trojans improve to 5-7 overall on the season after breaking their four-match losing streak.
The afternoon began with doubles as the Lions came swinging. Loyola Marymount made its first move as the pair of Anderson/Romeka defeated USC's No. 34 Katz/Smith 6-4 on court two. The Lions ran away with the doubles point as Juravliova/Perez topped Trojan tandem No. T74 Valdes/Westby 6-4 on court one. As Loyola Marymount had nabbed the doubles point, court three's match featuring USC's Kulikov/Van Alphen versus LMU's Norlin/Tumosa was suspended with a score of 5-4.
The Lions entered the singles portion of the competition with a 1-0 advantage. USC's senior captain No. 96 Zoë Katz attempted to swing the momentum back in favor of the Women of Troy as she blasted through her match beating LMU's Siobhan Anderson 6-2, 6-3 on court three. Trojan junior No. 20 Gabby Smith felt the positive energy from Katz's victory and claimed the win on court one against LMU's Jessica Perez 6-1, 6-1. Freshman Angela Kulikov continued to increase USC's lead with a win of her own and she swiftly defeated Lion Anna Romeka 6-1, 6-2 on court four. Kulikov's win made the overall match score 3-1.
After taking the first set in a close tiebreak 7-6 (5), junior Madison Westby dropped her second set to LMU's Elvira Juravliova 6-2. Juravliova would come back to win the decisive third set 6-1 and notch another point for the Lions. Loyola Marymount hadn't given up as Lion Camila Tumosa beat USC's Sydney Van Alphen 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 on court five.
The match came down to court six as USC's Ines Guinard was locked in a heated match with LMU's Tatijana Sheikhan. Guinard, who was making her first career appearance as a Trojan, took the first set 7-6 (6). Sheikhan fought back to take the second set 6-3. The crowd surrounded court six as the match went to a decisive third set. Guinard took charge and secured the third set 6-3 to clinch the match for Troy in her first ever USC women's tennis match.
USC's next action will take the team up north as the Women of Troy travel to take on Washington State in Pullman, Wash. on March 31 at 1:30 p.m. PT and Washington in Seattle on April 2 at 12 p.m. PT.
#40 USC 4, Loyola Marymount 3