USC Women’s Tennis Falls Short to Denver in First Round of NCAA’s|
May 12, 2017
LUBBOCK, Texas--The No. 25 USC women’s tennis team had their NCAA Tournament journey come to an end today (May 12) in Lubbock, Texas as the Women of Troy fell to No. 44 Denver 4-2 in the First Round. This loss wraps up the 2017 season with the Trojans finishing with a 13-11 overall record and having reached the NCAA Tournament for a 26th consecutive year. Two Trojans will continue in the postseason as junior Gabby Smith and sophomore Jessica Failla will head to Athens, Ga. from May 24-29 to compete for an NCAA Individual singles title.
Doubles opened up the morning of competition and the Trojans appeared ready to take on the Pioneers as the No. 57 duo of Katz/Smith decisively took down Denver’s Barnhill/Mok 6-0. USC’s duo of No. 89 Kulikov/Westby followed suit to defeat the Pioneer pair of Radosevic/Mboko 6-2 to claim the doubles point for Troy.
USC entered the singles portion of the competition with a 1-0 advantage. No. 33 Jessica Failla continued to roll with the positive Trojan momentum and swiftly defeated her Pioneer opponent Julia O’Loughlin 6-0, 6-1 on court one. Denver hadn’t given up and responded with a win of their own as Arisha Ladhani beat USC’s Madison Westby 6-1, 6-1 on court four. Denver’s Maureen Slattery upset Trojan No. 25 Gabby Smith 6-2, 6-2 to break her perfect 11-0 record at the No. 2 position. This win tied up the overall score of the match at 2-2.
On court five, USC’s Angela Kulikov fell to Pioneer Sonja Radosevic 6-4, 6-4 to push Denver ahead 3-2. The Pioneers would have the final word as Bianca Mok beat Trojan Rianna Valdes in a tight match 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) to clinch the match for the Pioneers.
The USC women now have a 70-34 all-time NCAA Tournament record and have made a remarkable 26-straight appearances including three NCAA Semifinal trips in the last 12 seasons.
#44 Denver 4, #25 USC 2