USC Women Silence The Ducks With 7-0 Sweep

    Gabby Smith didn't surrender a single game in doubles or singles during USC's win over Oregon.
    March 25, 2016

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — The No. 29 USC women’s tennis team stormed to a 7-0 sweep of visiting No. 35 Oregon today at Marks Stadium, drumming up the Trojans’ fifth straight win to stay perfect in Pac-12 play. A quick doubles point was followed by a string of singles wins to net the Trojans the win and take USC to an 8-4 overall record and a 3-0 mark in conference action.

    USC whipped up a swift doubles point with speedy finishes on courts one and two. USC’s #8 pairing of Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith silenced their Duck opponents with a 6-0 sweep of Oregon’s #25 Johnson/Sangwan at the No. 1 spot. Soon after, the Trojans tacked a 1-0 lead on the board when #71 Zoë Katz and Madison Westby served up a 6-2 win over Oregon’s Rose/Tobita on court two to push the teams on through to singles action. 

    There, USC’s #108 Gabby Smith stayed right on course. Just as she had done in doubles, Smith didn’t give up a single game to her Oregon opponent. Smith’s smooth 6-0, 6-0 win over Nia Rose made it a 2-0 Trojan advantage in the match. Right next door to Smith, fellow sophomore #123 Madison Westby was in a groove at the No. 2 spot. Westby pinned up a 6-1, 6-3 win over Oregon’s #124 Alyssa Tobita. With a 3-0 lead on the board, USC was in position to finish off the Ducks. USC’s #106 freshman Rianna Valdes answered the call from court six, topping Daniela Nasser 6-4, 6-1 to notch the clincher for the Trojan cause. 

    The match would carry on, with #99 freshman Jessica Failla hitting the finish line moments later with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Marlou Kluiving on court five. At the top spot, USC’s #22 Giuliana Olmos was in a battle with Oregon’s #70 Kennan Johnson. After Olmos dug in for the first set, Johnson answered back and took the second to bring up a 10-point tiebreaker to decide things. In the breaker, Olmos quickly surged into control and finished off the win as a 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-3) victory to make it a 6-0 USC lead. The final match of the day was playing out on court three, where USC junior Zoë Katz had fought back from 2-5 down in the first to win it in a tiebreaker. Her second set against Oregon’s Shweta Sangwan was just getting rolling as Olmos finished up her win on court one. Sangwan would pull out the second set to bring up one last 10-point tiebreaker to round out the day’s action. In that final stretch, Katz gritted her teeth and dug out of another hole, down 0-3 to start before plugging away to a 10-7 win to claim the final point for the Trojans on her 7-6 (6), 5-7, 1-0 (10-7) decision over Sangwan at the No. 3 spot.

    The USC women will next take a road trip to continue their Pac-12 push next week. USC will visit Utah for a 1:30 p.m. MT matchup against the Utes on Friday (April 1) in Salt Lake City. From there, the Trojans head to Boulder to take on Colorado at 12 p.m. MT on Sunday (April 3).

    #29 USC 7, #35 Oregon 0
    March 25, 2016 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    (1) #8 Olmos/Smith (USC) def. #35 Johnson/Sangwan (ORE) - 6-0
    (2) #71 Katz/Westby (USC) def. Rose/Tobita (ORE) - 6-2
    (3) Failla/Valdes (USC) vs. Kluiving/Woodson (ORE) - 4-2 susp.
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 1, 2
    (1) #22 Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. #70 Kennan Johnson (ORE) - 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-3)
    (2) #123 Madison Westby (USC) def. #124 Alyssa Tobita (ORE) - 6-1, 6-3
    (3) Zoë Katz (USC) def. Shweta Sangwan (ORE) - 7-6 (6), 5-7, 1-0 (10-7)
    (4) #108 Gabby Smith (USC) def. Nia Rose (ORE) - 6-0, 6-0
    (5) #99 Jessica Failla (USC) def. Marlou Kluiving (ORE) - 6-3, 6-3
    (6) #106 Rianna Valdes (USC) def. Daniela Nasser (ORE) - 6-4, 6-1*
    Order of finish: 4, 2, 6*, 5, 1, 3