USC Women String Up 4-0 Sweep Of ASU

    Jessica Failla provided key wins in doubles and singles against ASU.
    April 10, 2016

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 24 USC women's tennis team outlasted the elements and swept up an important 4-0 win over visiting No. 26 Arizona State today at Marks Stadium. After wins washed out play the previous day, the Trojans and the Sun Devils were able to play under sunny skies today, and USC was ready to make its move. The Women of Troy snagged a quick doubles point and then pressed on to victory with a string of singles wins. The win improves USC to 11-4 overall and to 6-0 in Pac-12 play.

    USC stood its ground in doubles in drumming up the first point of the match. At the No. 2 spot, USC's #56 Zoë Katz and Madison Westby sprinted to a 6-1 win over ASU's Krawczyk/Vlad for the early advantage. On courts one and three, meanwhile, both Trojan tandems wound up closing in on the clincher at the same rate. The deciding stroke would come from USC's freshman duo on court three, though, as Jessica Failla and Rianna Valdes edged out their elder teammates by hitting the finish line first with a 6-3 win over ASU's #65 Hampton/Jump. Meanwhile, USC's #8 Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith were up 5-3 and 30-0 on #26 Osborne/Panoho at the top spot, but the win on court three wrapped the action and USC's 1-0 lead was on the board to bring up singles. 

    In singles action, USC junior Zoë Katz was a woman on a mission on court three, as she ripped through ASU's Ebony Panoho with a 6-1, 6-1 for a quick 2-0 lead for her Trojans. The next to complete her match was #118 Madison Westby on court two. The sophomore caught fire in her second set to leave ASU's #83 Kassidy Jump far behind for a 6-4, 6-0 win that tacked a 3-0 USC lead on the scoreboard. Once again, USC had two courts closing in on the finish line at the same time. Once again, it was freshman Jessica Failla who managed to finish out her win first. The #113 Failla beat ASU's Sammi Hampton 6-4, 6-3 on court five to provide the clincher on the 4-0 win -- just as USC's #22 Giuliana Olmos was making her move for a finish on court one. Failla's win would suspend play on the remaining courts with Olmos and Gabby Smith both ahead in their matches, while Rianna Valdes was heading into a third set. 

    Next, the USC women set up for an unprecedented doubleheader with the USC men next week. Both teams will host their crosstown rivals from UCLA on Sunday (April 17) at Marks Stadium. At 12:30 p.m. that day, the USC men and women start the day's action with simultaneous doubles competition against the Bruins. At 1:30 p.m., the USC and UCLA men will get going in singles competition, followed by the USC and UCLA women's singles action once the men's match is complete. Pac-12 Networks will televise all the singles competition from Marks Stadium that day.

    #24 USC 4, #26 Arizona State 0
    April 10, 2016 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    (1) #8 Olmos/Smith (USC) vs. #26 Osborne/Panoho (ASU) - 5-3 susp.
    (2) #56 Katz/Westby (USC) def. Krawczyk/Vlad (ASU) - 6-1
    (3) Failla/Valdes (USC) def. #65Hampton/Jump (ASU) - 6-3
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 2, 3
    (1) #22 Giuliana Olmos (USC) vs. #23 Desirae Krawczyck (ASU) - 6-1, 6-6 susp.
    (2) #118 Madison Westby (USC) def. #84 Kassidy Jump (ASU) - 6-4, 6-0
    (3) Zoë Katz (USC) def. Ebony Panoho (ASU) - 6-1, 6-1
    (4) #103 Gabby Smith (USC) vs. Stephanie Vlad (ASU) - 7-6 (3), 1-2 susp.
    (5) #113 Jessica Failla (USC) def. Sammi Hampton (ASU) - 6-4, 6-3*
    (6) #120 Rianna Valdes (USC) vs. Gussie O'Sullivan (ASU) - 6-1, 1-6 susp.
    Order of finish: 3, 2, 5*