No. 1 USC Women Down The Ducks 6-1

    Senior Gabriella DeSimone grabbed the first singles win for the Trojans at Oregon.
    March 27, 2015

    EUGENE, ORE. -- The top-ranked USC women's tennis team snagged another Pac-12 win today with a solid 6-1 win over No. 56 host Oregon. The Women of Troy rallied right through doubles play and on to a stretch of singles victories, including the match-clincher from freshman Meredith Xepoleas. The road win improves USC to 15-2 overall and to 4-0 in Pac-12 play as its win streak extends to five in a row.

    A new pairing of doubles duo Giuliana Olmos and Meredith Xepoleas proved potent with a quick 8-2 win at the No. 3 spot for the Trojan cause. Up on court one, USC's #19 Zoë Katz and Sabrina Santamaria locked in on the first point of the day with their 8-2 win, suspending action for Trojan freshmen Gabby Smith and Madison Westby at the No. 2 spot and bringing up singles play in Eugene.

    Senior Gabriella DeSimone kept USC's hot streak going strong when she issued a 6-2, 6-1 win over Paloma Gomez on court six to make it a 2-0 Trojan advantage. At the No. 2 spot, #20 Sabrina Santamaria clocked in with another speedy win, beating Alyssa Tobita 6-4, 6-3 to get USC within reach of victory, up 3-0 on the Ducks. That's where #64 Meredith Xepoleas stepped in, delivering a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Lina Akensson on court five, and USC's fourth Pac-12 win was officially inked into the books.



    Action would continue with the remaining matches stretching into extra time. On court three, #65 freshman Gabby Smith tallied a comeback win with a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 victory over Nicole Long, making it 5-0 Trojans with two three-setters raging on. At the No. 4 position, #73 freshman Madison Westby was also making a comeback push, having dropped the first set before forging a path to victory with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 win over Marlou Kluiving. The battle on court one wouldn't go as well for the Trojans, however. There, USC's #11 Giuliana Olmos was dealt a rare loss when Nia Rose managed to steal away the third set for a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Olmos to end the day as a 6-1 decision in USC's favor.

    The Women of Troy now head over to Seattle to face Washington in a 12 p.m. match tomorrow (March 28) for more Pac-12 play.

    #1 USC 6, #56 Oregon 1
    March 27, 2015 - Eugene, Ore.
    (1) #19 Katz/Santamaria (USC) def. Rose/Tobita (ORE) - 8-2
    (2) Smith/Westby (USC) vs. Kluiving/Long (ORE) - 6-5 susp.
    (3) Olmos/Xepoleas (USC) def. Akesson/Hager (ORE) - 8-2
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 3, 1
    (1) Nia Rose (ORE) def. #11 Giuliana Olmos (USC) - 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
    (2) #20 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. Alyssa Tobita (ORE) - 6-4, 6-3
    (3) #65 Gabby Smith (USC) def. Nicole Long (ORE) - 4-6, 6-3, 1-0
    (4) #73 Madison Westby (USC) def. Marlou Kluiving (ORE) - 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
    (5) #64 Meredith Xepoleas (USC) def. Lina Akensson (ORE) - 6-1, 6-3*
    (6) Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Paloma Gomez (ORE) - 6-2, 6-1
    Order of finish: 6, 2, 5*, 4, 3, 1