Women of Troy Open Season on Positive Note at UNLV Invitational|
Sept. 26, 2016
LOS ANGELES - USC opened the fall season with a positive showing at the UNLV Invitational over the weekend (Sept. 23-25). Competitors from Long Beach State, UNLV, South Alabama, Northern Arizona, Washington State and Fresno State joined the Trojans in Las Vegas, Nev. at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on UNLV’s campus for the tournament.
Junior No. 88 Madison Westby and freshman Angela Kulikov each won their respective draws and went undefeated in singles play. Wetbsy defeated Fresno State’s Emma Wilson 7-6, 6-4 in her final match, while Kulikov claimed first place over UNLV’s Cristina Moroi with a decisive 6-0, 6-4 score. Senior Zoë Katz made it to the final of her draw, but lost to UNLV’s Carol Yang 6-3, 6-2. Junior No. 93 Gabby Smith and sophomore No. 97 Jessica Failla competed in the same draw, where they each went undefeated and were scheduled to face off in the final match, however the match was not played. After going 1-1 in singles play, sophomore No. 83 Rianna Valdes’ third place match against Fresno State’s Juliane Triebe was not played. USC’s Kristen Venter lost her quarterfinal match versus UNLV’s Jovana Kenic 6-3, 6-0 and competed in consolation play, where she went 0-2 on the weekend.
In doubles play, the No. 33 duo of Zoë Katz/Gabby Smith sailed through their bracket going undefeated and met up in the final with their fellow Trojan pair of Jessica Failla/Rianna Valdes, who also won every match in their bracket. Their final match was not played. However, Katz/Smith were scheduled an extra match in another draw against Northern Arizona’s Lewandowska/Walker which they seized with 8-1 victory.
The Trojans will continue fall tournament play when they compete in the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships next week (Oct. 1-9) in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Day 1 (Sept. 23)
#93 Gabby Smith (USC) def. Alexandra Stiteler (USA) 6-3,6-2
#33 Zoe Katz/Gabby Smith (USC) def. Barbora Michalkova/Aneta Miksovsak(WSU) 8-6
Day 2 (Sept. 24)
#93 Gabby Smith (USC) def. Katerina Stloukalova (Fresno State) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
Blanka Szavay (NAU) def. Kristen Venter (USC) 6-0, 6-0
#33 Zoe Katz/Gabby Smith (USC) def. Blanka Szavay/Hanneke Lodewijks (NAU) 8-1
Day 3 (Sept. 25)
#88 Madison Westby (USC) def. Emma Wilson (Fresno St.) 7-6, 6-4
Third Place Match
Juliane Triebe (Fresno St.) vs. #83 Rianna Valdes (USC) Not played
Abbey Watanabe (Fresno St.) vs. Kristen Venter (USC) Not played
#33 Zoë Katz/Gabby Smith (USC) vs. Rianna Valdes/Jessica Failla (USC) Not played