USC Upsets UCLA 4-3 in Thrilling Rivalry Match

    April 22, 2017

    WESTWOOD, Calif.--The No. 32 USC women’s tennis team upset the No. 22 UCLA Bruins 4-3 in a thrilling crosstown rivalry match in Westwood, Calif. on Saturday (April 22). This win improves the Trojans’ overall season record to 11-9 and their Pac-12 conference record to 6-4.

    The afternoon began with doubles and the Women of Troy took the first win of the day as Failla/Valdes defeated No. 25 Hart/Fleming 6-0 on court one. UCLA claimed the next win as Shibahara/Wiley beat USC’s No. 69 Kulikov/Westby 6-2 on court three. The Bruins would leave doubles victorious as UCLA’s Andrews/Miller beat USC’s No. 37 Katz/Smith 6-4 to claim the doubles point.

    The Bruins entered the singles portion of the competition with a 1-0 advantage. USC’s Madison Westby took charge as she beat UCLA’s Gabby Andrews 6-2, 6-3 on court five. Trojan Angela Kulikov took down Bruin Kristin Wiley 6-4, 6-2 on court six to earn USC another point. Kulikov’s win pushed the Trojans ahead 2-1 in the overall score.

    USC’s Zoë Katz continued to roll with the Trojan momentum as she defeated UCLA’s Alaina Miller 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 on court four.

    When the Bruins saw USC had taken a significant 3-1 lead, they kicked it into high gear. UCLA’s No. 121 Jada Hart beat USC’s Rianna Valdes 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 on court three to keep the Bruins in the match. Then, Bruin No. 3 Ena Shibahara snapped USC’s No. 46 Jessica Failla’s five-match winning streak by beating her with a tight score of 6-4, 7-6 (2).

    As the match was now tied at 3-3, the final result would come down to the outcome on court two. USC’s No. 27 Gabby Smith and UCLA’s Terri Fleming were locked in a tight battle. After taking the first set 7-6 (4), Fleming lost to Smith in the second set as she took it with a 6-3 score. In the decisive third set, Smith kept her cool and while surrounded by her cheering teammates, won the third set 6-4 to clinch the match for Troy.



    As today’s match concluded the regular season for the Women of Troy, the team will travel north to Ojai, Calif. to compete in the Pac-12 Team Championships with the first round beginning on Wednesday (April 27).

    #32 USC 4, #22 UCLA 3
    April 22, 2017 - Sunset Canyon Tennis Courts (Westwood, Calif.)
    (1) Valdes/Failla (USC) def. #25 Hart/Fleming (UCLA) - 6-0
    (2) Andrews/Miller (UCLA) def. #37 Katz/Smith (USC) - 6-4
    (3) Shibahara/Wiley (UCLA) def. #69 Kulikov/Westby (USC) - 6-2
    UCLA wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
    (1) #3 Ena Shibahara (UCLA) def. #46 Jessica Failla (USC) -6-4, 7-6 (2)
    (2) #27 Gabby Smith (USC) def. Terri Fleming (UCLA) - 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4*
    (3) #120 Jada Hart (UCLA) def. Rianna Valdes (USC) - 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
    (4) #121 Zoë Katz (USC) def. Alaina Miller (UCLA) - 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
    (5) Madison Westby (USC) def. Gabby Andrews (UCLA) - 6-2, 6-3
    (6) Angela Kulikov (USC) def. Kristin Wiley (UCLA) - 6-4, 6-2
    Order of finish: 5, 6, 4, 3, 1, 2*