Loyola Marymount Pays a Visit to Troy|
March 21, 2017
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SCOUTING LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
WOMEN OF TROY FALL TO BAYLOR IN THE DESERT
The evening began with a Trojan win in doubles as USC’s No. 21 duo of Katz/Smith defeated Baylor’s Newborn/Van Zyl 6-1 on court two. The Lady Bears came back with a win of their own as Baylor’s Hinojosa/Shakhraichuk beat USC’s pair of Kulikov/Van Alphen 6-2 on court three. The Trojan tandem of Valdes/Westby closed out doubles with a 6-4 victory over Baylor’s No. 22 Profit/Shankle to claim the point for USC. This was the first time the Trojans had won the doubles point since their match against San Diego State on February 1.
The Women of Troy entered singles with a 1-0 advantage. Baylor came out swinging to claim the first singles match as Lady Bear Jessica Hinojosa beat USC’s Sydney Van Alphen 6-0, 6-1 on court six. The Bears scored another point as No.11 Blair Shankle defeated Trojan Gabby Smith on court one 6-0, 6-1. This point pushed Baylor ahead, and the Trojans trailed 1-2.
Shortly thereafter, USC’s Angela Kulikov fell to Lady Bear Angelina Shakhraichuk 6-2, 6-2 on court two to increase Baylor’s lead. The evening finished as Theresa Van Zyl topped USC’s Madison Westby 6-1, 6-3 to clinch the match for Baylor. The remaining courts suspended play.
USC DROPS MATCH TO OREGON
The afternoon kicked off with doubles where Oregon made their first move as Duck duo Clark/Rose defeated USC’s Kulikov/Van Alphen 6-4 on court three. Oregon would claim the doubles point as Eshet/Kluiving secured their match by beating the No. 21 Trojan tandem of Katz/Smith 6-4 on court two.
The Ducks entered the singles portion of the competition with a 1-0 advantage. The Ducks would strike again as Marlou Kluiving defeated USC’s Angela Kulikov 6-4, 6-1 on court six. Trojan Rianna Valdes would give the Women of Troy their first win of the day as she topped Oregon’s Nia Rose 6-2, 6-4. The momentum looked as if it was swinging back in favor of the Trojans as USC’s No. 113 Madison Westby nabbed a victory over Oregon’s Daniela Nasser 7-6 (3), 6-2. Westby’s win tied up the overall match score at 2-2 and broke Westby’s three match losing streak.
Trojan No. 25 Gabby Smith notched another point for Troy as she was victorious over Duck Shweta Sangwan 7-6 (3), 6-3 to give USC their first lead of the match at 3-2.
After a close 7-6 (2) loss in the first set to Oregon’s Julia Eshet, Trojan No. 88 Zoë Katz came back swinging to take the second set 6-2. After battling it out, Eshet would overcome Katz to take the third set 6-4.
The match came down to the outcome of court two, which was locked in a nail biter of competition. USC’s No. 38 Jessica Failla dropped the first set 6-4 to Oregon’s Alyssa Tobita, but never lost her fire as she fought on in true Trojan form to win the second set 7-6 (6). The match was taken to a decisive third set, where Tobita overcame Failla to take the set 6-4 and won the match for the Ducks.
A five-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year and four-time ITA Region Coach of the Year — having swept those awards in 2015 — Gallien has compiled a 367-144 (.718) overall record at USC while holding a career record of 429-168 (.719) in his 23 seasons as a head coach, including three years with the Pepperdine men’s program [Due to NCAA penalty, 7 wins left undecided and 1 win became a loss; Original USC record: 375-143 (.724) and original career total: 437-167 (.724)].
SCANDALIS JOINS COACHING STAFF
“We are really excited to have Zoë Scandalis joining us this season,” said Gallien. “Zoë is a tireless worker, loyal to our program and passionate about our current team. I feel like I’m always continuing to learn, so I look forward to getting Zoë’s perspective so I too can better help our team. Zoë may be young, but she is an old soul, and has wisdom beyond her years. We are certainly looking forward to working with her each and every day.”
While at USC, Scandalis had a decorated list of accomplishments both on and off the court. She was a two-time ITA All-American, a two-time All-Pac-12 first team selection and a two-time All-Pac-12 second team honoree. She helped her teams to two NCAA Semifinal appearances, was selected as the 2014-15 team captain, was awarded the 2014 Female Trojan of the Year and was named the 2012 ITA National Player to Watch as a freshman. She set the record for Pac-12 Player of the Week honors as she collected six awards throughout her career. Scandalis was ranked at high as No. 7 in the nation in both singles and doubles, and went 108-48 in singles and 103-53 in doubles during her time at Troy.
Off the court, Scandalis was the winner of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She was the 53rd Trojan recipient of this scholarship and the first women’s tennis player to earn the award. She also was a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic first team honoree and a 2014 Capital One Academic All-District team selection. In addition Scandalis was a 2014-15 Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal recipient. This awarded is issued to the top male and female senior student-athlete at each Pac-12 institution. The award recognizes the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.
Upon graduation, Scandalis played professionally on the ITF Professional Tennis Circuit. Last year, she took a break from the professional tour to return home to fulfill a dream of applying to be a Rhodes Scholar. Late in 2016, Scandalis was selected as a Rhodes Scholar Finalist.