Olmos, Scandalis Power Through To Pac-12 Singles Quarterfinals

    Zoë Scandalis is on to the quarterfinals after a strong day of singles in Ojai.
    April 23, 2015

    OJAI, CALIF. -- USC women's tennis had a solid first day of action out at the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai. Two rounds of singles action saw five Trojans advance to tomorrow's competition. Also tomorrow, doubles play gets underway with three USC pairs in the mix. On the championship tournament side of things, USC's Giuliana Olmos and Zoë Scandalis were the big singles winners, as they each snagged two strong wins to take a place in tomorrow's quarterfinals. In the invitational bracket, sophomore Zoë Katz and freshmen Gabby Smith and Meredith Xepoleas all move on to the quarterfinal round in that draw.

    USC had four Women of Troy in the championship bracket for singles play. The top seed in the draw, Giuliana Olmos held her ground with a pair of straight-set wins. She'll face No. 6 seed Desirae Krawczyk tomorrow in the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, senior Zoë Scandalis made moves toward a potential repeat trip to the singles final with two big singles wins today. Both of her victories, too, were in straight sets, capped by an upset of Cal's #41 Zsofi Susanyi in the Round of 16 to punch her ticket to the quarters, where Scandalis faces a familiar foe in UCLA's #18 Chanelle Van Nguyen. Fellow senior Sabrina Santamaria won her first match but was upended by UCLA's Catherine Harrison in the Round of 16, while freshman Madison Westby lost a three-setter to WSU's Donika Bashota in the Round of 32.



    In the invitational bracket, all three Trojans competing in that draw were successful down the line today. Freshmen Gabby Smith and Meredith Xepoleas both pinned up a pair of straight-set wins to advance, while sophomore Zoë Katz did the same. Katz would serve up an upset of Cal's fourth-seeded Karla Popovic in the Round of 16 to secure her place in the invitational quarters, where she'll face No. 7 seed Joanna Smith of ASU tomorrow. Smith will go up against UCLA's Terri Fleming, and Xepoleas faces Colorado's Alexandra Aiello. All of USC's quarterfinal matches are due to start up at noon tomorrow.

    The day will begin with doubles action, as the Round of 16 opens up in both the championship and invitational brackets. Olmos and Scandalis are paired up on the championship side, as are Smith and Westby. In the invitational draw, Katz was due to team with Gabriella DeSimone, who pulled out of singles play today due to illness. It is hoped that she will be well enough to compete in doubles tomorrow.

    Complete USC results and schedule below.

    2015 Pac-12 Women's Championships (Ojai, Calif.)


    Round of 32 - Thursday, April 23
    #14 [1] Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. Jena Cheng (UTAH) - 6-0, 6-3
    Donika Bashota (WSU) def. #55 [1] Madison Westby (USC) - 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
    #21 [3] Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. Elizaveta Luzina (WSU) - 6-3, 6-4
    #45 Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. Tina Bokhua (COLO) - 6-3, 7-5

    Round of 16 - Thursday, April 23
    #14 [1] Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. #109 Krista Hardebeck (STAN) - 7-6, 6-2
    #67 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) def. #21 [3] Sabrina Santamaria (USC) - 6-2, 6-4
    #45 Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. #41 Zsofi Susanyi (CAL) - 6-3, 6-4

    Quarterfinals - Friday, April 24
    #14 [1] Giuliana Olmos (USC) vs. #31 [6] Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) - 12 p.m.
    #45 Zoë Scandalis (USC) vs. #18 Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) - 12 p.m.

    Round of 16 - Friday, April 24
    #20 Olmos/Scandalis (USC) vs. Steur/Tiefel (COLO) - 9 a.m.
    Smith/Westby (USC) vs. Austin/Preston (ARIZ) - 10:15 a.m.

    Round of 32 - Thursday, April 23
    #85 [3] Gabby Smith (USC) def. Stephane Lin (CAL) - 6-0, 6-1
    #84 [2] Meredith Xepoleas (USC) def. Lindsey Kostas (STAN) - 6-3, 6-4
    Zoë Katz (USC) def. Kyra Wojcik (COLO) - 6-3, 7-5

    Round of 16 - Thursday, April 23
    #85 [3] Gabby Smith (USC) def. Marlou Kluiving (ORE) - 6-3, 7-5
    #84 [2] Meredith Xepoleas (USC) def. Gussie O'Sullivan (ASU) - 6-0, 6-2
    Zoë Katz (USC) def. #92 [4] Karla Popovic (CAL) - 6-2, 6-3

    Quarterfinals - Friday, April 24
    #85 [3] Gabby Smith (USC) vs. Terri Fleming (UCLA) - 12 p.m.
    #84 [2] Meredith Xepoleas (USC) vs. Alexandra Aiello (COLO) - 12 p.m.
    Zoë Katz (USC) vs. [7] Joanna Smith (ASU) - 12 p.m.

    Round of 16 - Friday, April 24
    #36 [4] DeSimone/Katz (USC) vs. Najera-Salas/Rosa (UTAH) - 10:15 a.m.