USC Women Unleash 4-0 Win Over Utah

    Jessica Failla clinched USC's road win at Utah from court five.
    April 1, 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — The No. 27 USC women’s tennis team pinned up its third consecutive shutout victory while extending its overall win streak out to six in a row with today’s 4-0 decision over No. 74 host Utah. After snapping up the doubles point, the Women of Troy powered on through in singles and tacked up a trio of straight-set victories to lock in the road win. USC is now 9-4 overall and 4-0 in Pac-12 play. 

    USC’s doubles effort was strong, and the Trojans grabbed two swift victories to net a 1-0 lead on wins on courts two and three. In singles action, the winning tone was set by senior Giuliana Olmos on court one. The #22 Olmos would churn out a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Utah opponent Margo Pletcher to help set USC on its course to victory. At the No. 4 spot, USC’s #108 sophomore Gabby Smith whipped up a 3-0 advantage for the Trojans with her 6-3, 6-1 win over Jena Chang to set the Trojans up to clinch things early. That’s when #95 freshman Jessica Failla followed suit and matched Smith’s second-set score with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Taylor Calton on court five to put an end to the day’s action with the 4-0 USC advantage. That suspended the remaining matches, where junior Zoë Katz was working on a comeback push on court two, #123 Madison Westby was closing in on a win at the No. 3 spot and #106 Rianna Valdes was also leading in her second set on court six. 

    The Trojans now head onward in their Pac-12 road trip, off to Boulder to take on Colorado in an 11 a.m. MT matchup on Sunday (April 3).

    #27 USC 4, #74 Utah 0
    April 1, 2016 - Salt Lake City, Utah
    (1) #8 Olmos/Smith (USC) vs. Pletcher/Turley (UTAH) - 5-4 susp.
    (2) #71 Katz/Westby (USC) def. Petrovic/Richter (UTAH) - 6-2
    (3) Failla/Valdes (USC) def. Calton/Da Rosa (UTAH) - 6-4
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 2, 3
    (1) #22 Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. Margo Pletcher (UTAH) - 6-0, 6-0
    (2) Zoë Katz (USC) vs. Sarah Richter (UTAH) - 6-7, 2-2 susp.
    (3) #123 Madison Westby (USC) vs. Brianna Turley (UTAH) - 6-3, 5-5 susp.
    (4) #108 Gabby Smith (USC) def. Jena Chang (UTAH) - 6-3, 6-1
    (5) #95 Jessica Failla (USC) def. Taylor Calton (UTAH) - 6-4, 6-1*
    (6) #106 Rianna Valdes (USC) vs. Alexia Petrovich (UTAH) - 6-2, 3-2 susp.
    Order of finish: 1, 4, 5*