The Women of Troy are off to NorCal looking to stretch their win streak.
Feb. 18, 2015
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THE LAST MEETING
April 4, 2014
No. 12 Cal Tops No. 13 USC Women
The No. 13 USC women's tennis team was dealt its first loss of Pac-12 competition in falling 4-0 today in Berkeley to No. 12 California. The Trojans got off on the wrong foot in coming up empty in doubles, and the Golden Bears worked out ahead and snagged singles wins to wrap the match for Cal. USC goes to 14-5 overall with the loss and is now 5-1 in Pac-12 play.
THE LAST MEETING
February 27, 2014
No. 6 USC Women Shine In 6-1 Win Over Saint Mary's
LOS ANGELES, CALIF.-- The sun shone down on the USC women's tennis team today, as it avoided the rain and took down the No. 47 Saint Mary's Gaels at Marks Stadium. The No. 6 Women of Troy (8-2) pulled off a 6-1 victory to tally their second win over the Gaels (3-5) this season. USC previously defeated the Gaels 4-0 in the championship of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend tournament.
The No. 11 Women of Troy pack their bags for the Bay Area this week, lining up for two tilts as they look to add to a strong 8-1 start to 2015. USC will first face its highest ranked opponent of the year with a visit to No. 5 California at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 20) in Berkeley. It will be the first of two scheduled clashes with the Bears this season, as USC will later host Cal in a Pac-12 matchup next month. The Trojans' East Bay adventure will then take them to Moraga to face No. 41 Saint Mary's at noon on Saturday (Feb. 21).
ITA RANKINGS UPDATES
The Women of Troy opened 2015 ranked No. 14 in the nation in the opening set of team rankings. Now, USC is up to No. 11 as of the latest national rankings (Feb. 17). Individually, a set of four Trojans are standing strong in the latest set of rankings (as of Feb. 10). At #22, junior Giuliana Olmos leads the way. Below her are three more Trojans. Senior All-American Zoë Scandalis now ranks #65 in the nation, followed by two USC freshmen: #72 Gabby Smith and #104 Madison Westby. In doubles, USC boasts the #15 pair in the land in Olmos/Scandalis, who are joined in the rankings by teammates Gabriella DeSimone and Zoë Katz at #26.
The No. 5 Golden Bears are 5-1 overall after a 7-0 sweep of Harvard last week. Cal has six players nationally ranked in singles: #1 Maegan Manasse, #20 Zsofi Susanyi, #26 Lynn Chi, #28 Karla Popovic, #34 Klara Fabikova and #59 Denise Starr. In doubles, Cal has three ranked pairs: #8 Manasse/Starr, #16 Fabikova/Susanyi and #31 Chi/Susanyi.USC is 38-33 all-time against Cal after a split last season. The Trojans beat the Bears 6-1 in Los Angeles and then lost 4-0 to Cal in Berkeley last year.
The No. 41 Gaels enter the week at 4-3 overall after a 5-2 win over San Diego State last week. Saint Mary's will face UCLA before taking on the Trojans this weekend. Saint Mary's has two players nationally ranked in singles: #48 Danielle Flores and #112 Jana McCord. In doubles, SMC has no ranked pairs. USC is 4-0 all-time against Saint Mary's after the Trojans posted two wins over the Gaels last year. USC beat SMC 4-0 during the 2014 ITA Kick-Off Weekend and then won 6-1 later in the season.
USC pinned up two more wins last week to match its win streak from the start of the season. The Trojans ran up their record to 8-1 as they now hold a four-match winning surge. To get there, USC first edged out No. 11 Vanderbilt with a 4-3 upset win before shutting out No. 25 Texas 7-0 at Marks Stadium. Against the Commodores, USC was able to pull out a tense doubles point to start the day. On court one, the #15 duo of Scandalis and Olmos claimed a decisive 8-4 win over Vanderbilt's #18 Campbell/Colton. Shortly after, Vanderbilt's Antal/Casares responded by beating the Trojan pair of Santamaria and Xeploeas 8-2. After a tied doubles score, USC's twosome of Westby and Smith on court three came in clutch with a 8-6 win over Altick and Sharma to collect the doubles point. The excitement from doubles rolled over into singles as well. Securing the doubles point was key as the rest of the match was close. Court four was the first to finish with Vanderbilt's Astra Sharam beating #72 Gabby Smith 6-1, 6-1. The Women of Troy answered with a strong win of their own as #22 Giuliana Olmos defeated #71 Courtney Colton 6-1, 6-0. USC claimed another two-set win for Troy when Sabrina Santamaria shut out #89 Frances Altick 6-2, 6-1. Vanderbilt responded with some heat by winning the next two to keep them in the match. No. 15 Sydney Campbell beat USC's No. 65 Zoë Scandalis and Ashleigh Antal defeated Meredith Xepoleas 6-4, 6-3. With the score tied at 3-3, court five's results would determine the winner of the match. After USC's Madison Westby lost the first set to #68 Marie Casares 4-6, she fought back and won the next two sets 6-3, 6-3 to clinch the victory as USC upset Vanderbilt with a final score of 4-3. Against the Longhorns, USC got right down to business. The freshman pairing of Smith and Westby grabbed an 8-2 win first. Shortly after, the twosome of Katz/Santamaria was victorious over the Longhorn pair of Batra and Groenvynck to claim the doubles point for Troy. The Trojans' momentum from doubles carried over into the singles competition. Madison Westby sprinted through her singles match on court five and dished out a 6-0, 6-2 win over Texas' Lana Groenvynck. Next was Gabriella DeSimone as she swiftly beat Annat Rabinovich 6-2, 6-2. Courts one, two and three were all within a few points from finishing, but #65 Zoë Scandalis clinched the match for a Trojan victory on court two. She defeated Texas' Neda Koprcina with a 6-2, 6-2 decision. Even though Scandalis had clinched for the Women of Troy, the coaches decided to play out the rest of the matches. #22 Giuliana Olmos concluded her match on court one with a victory almost immediately after Scandalis' clincher. She beat Ryann Foster with a score of 6-1, 6-3. The Trojans continued to shine as Sabrina Santamaria finished with a strong 6-0, 6-3 win of her own over Ratnika Batra. Finally, only #72 Gabby Smith on court four was left in battle. After dropping the first set 6-7 to Longhorn opponent Dani Wagland, she found her groove and fought back to take the second set with a dominating 6-1 score. Instead of playing a third set, it was decided that Smith and Wagland would play a tiebreaker game. The winner would be the first to ten points, winning by two. Points were earned on both sides of the net and some impressive rallies were displayed. Wagland was able to earn match point, leaving Smith trailing 8-9. Smith dug deep and powered through the next three points to claim the 11-9 win, and secured the Trojans' shutout victory over the Longhorns.
WESTBY WINS BIG
Madison Westby had the heroic clincher for the USC women in a 4-3 upset of No. 11 Vanderbilt to help secure her with honors as the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Feb. 17. The freshman pulled out a three-set comeback win over #68 Marie Casares to pull off the win there. She also had a doubles win in that one, helping USC to claim the first point of the match with an 8-6 win to secure that point. The very next day, Westby won in doubles again and then added the first singles win of an eventual 7-0 win over No. 25 Texas, beating Lana Groenvynck 6-0, 6-2. The freshman is now on a five-match singles win streak, holding a 13-4 overall singles record and a 6-1 mark in dual matches.
SCANDALIS SETS RECORD
After a clutch performance at Pepperdine, Zoë Scandalis was been selected as the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Feb. 2. Now with six career selections as Pac-12 Player of the Week, she sets the conference record for most wins by a women's tennis player. Scandalis was the hero of the day in a true road battle. After combining forces with teammate Giuliana Olmos for a 6-4 doubles win that secured a 1-0 lead for the Trojans, Scandalis came through in the clutch with the clincher in singles. USC had trailed the host Waves 2-3 in the match before it locked up a 3-3 and all eyes turned to Scandalis' No. 2 singles match. Scandalis would fight off three match points - which would have handed the Trojans the team loss - and wound up digging out of a 2-5 hole to force a tiebreaker. In the breaker, Scandalis fought through to victory and won it all for her team in posting a 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (4) win over Pepperdine's Laura Gulbe. Scandalis now holds a 17-7 overall singles record and is 5-2 in dual matches.
ITA NATIONAL INDOORS RECAP
USC had a tough draw to open the 2015 ITA National Team Indoor Championships, starting off with a clash against tournament host No. 10 Virginia. USC would take a 4-2 loss to the Cavaliers to move into consolation play, where the Women of Troy would rebound with a 4-0 sweep of No. 26 Kentucky and a 4-2 come-from-behind win over No. 15 Michigan. Against Virginia, the Cavaliers pulled off the doubles point and then took a 2-0 lead to keep pressure on the Trojans. In the end, Virginia's higher ranked singles players won out. The very next day, USC bounced back from its first loss of the year with a powerful statement in a 4-0 sweep of No. 26 Kentucky. After nabbing the doubles point, USC pinned up a string of straight-set singles wins, with the clincher coming from freshman Madison Westby on court six to round out the shutout. In the last match of the trip, USC erased a 2-0 deficit and charged on to a 4-2 win over No. 15 Michigan. The Women of Troy lost the doubles point for just the second time this season after Michigan managed doubles wins on courts two and three, suspending play on court one. In singles, the Wolverines nudged ahead farther when Alex Najarian was able to snap a four-match win streak held by Xepoleas. Playing at the No. 4 spot for this one, Xepoleas took a 6-1, 6-1 loss to Najarian as Michigan stole out to a 2-0 advantage. The Women of Troy remained undeterred. USC's #98 senior Gabriella DeSimone made short work of Michigan's Sara Remynse on court six, punching up USC's first point of the match with her 6-0, 6-3 decision. That win opened the floodgates for the Trojans. USC's #48 Smith answered the call and drummed up a 6-4, 6-4 upset of Michigan's #38 Sarah Lee on court three to pull USC even at 2-2. Staying in upset mode for the Women of Troy was #44 Scandalis, who stepped up to court one to take on Michigan's #18 Emina Bektas. There, Scandalis pulled off a three-set win to lift USC ahead 3-2, tacking up a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 upset of Bektas. The day was done when USC's #45 Westby came through in the clutch, finishing off her own three-setter with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 takedown of Wolverine Mira Ruder-Hook on court five. That put the finishing touches on USC's 4-2 comeback win, leaving #41 Olmos' No. 2 match suspended in the third.
The USC women are coming off a strong fall campaign in which the Women of Troy swept the titles at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships, with Zoë Scandalis winning the singles crown and Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith combining forces for the doubles championship. Olmos played at the ITA National Indoors, reached the ITA Southwest Regional semifinals and won the Jack Kramer Club singles title in the fall. Also in the fall, Scandalis competed at the ITA National Indoor Championships and reached the Round of 16 at the ITA/Riviera All-American. In doubles, Olmos and Scandalis reached the semifinals of the ITA/Riviera All-American in the fall. Olmos also paired up powerfully with freshman Gabby Smith to win the ITA Southwest Regional and Jack Kramer Club championships.
2015 TROJANS AT A GLANCE
The USC women are coming off a strong fall campaign in which the Women of Troy swept the titles at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships, with Zoë Scandalis winning the singles crown and Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith combining forces for the doubles championship. Looking to build on last year's 18-8 finish and 7-3 mark in Pac-12 play, the USC women are looking to set their path toward what would be a 24th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2015. Last year, USC reached the NCAA Round of 16. The Trojans were without the services of former singles #1 and NCAA Doubles Champion Sabrina Santamaria for the majority of 2014 after the junior was sidelined by a knee injury. Now back in action for 2015, she and fellow senior Zoë Scandalis are USC's two ITA All-Americans on the roster. Scandalis reached the Pac-12 singles title match last year, while Giuliana Olmos won the Pac-12 doubles championship alongside now-graduated Kaitlin Christian in 2014.