USC Women’s Tennis Clashes with Utah and Colorado in Marks Stadium

    April 5, 2017

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    THIS WEEK

    The No. 40 Women of Troy return home after a weekend on the road to defend their home court against two Pac-12 opponents. The Trojans will take on Utah on Friday (April 7) at 1:30 p.m. and Colorado on Saturday (April 8) at noon.

    THE LAST MEETING
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    Utah0
    April 1, 2016
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    USC Women Unleash 4-0 Win Over Utah
    The No. 27 USC women’s tennis team pinned up its third consecutive shutout victory while extending its overall win streak out to six in a row with today’s 4-0 decision over No. 74 host Utah. After snapping up the doubles point, the Women of Troy powered on through in singles and tacked up a trio of straight-set victories to lock in the road win. USC is now 9-4 overall and 4-0 in Pac-12 play.

    THE LAST MEETING
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    Colorado1
    April 3, 2016
    Boulder, Colo.
    USC Women Secure 6-1 Victory At Colorado
    The No. 27 USC women's tennis team stayed in winning mode on its Pac-12 road trip in pinning up a 6-1 victory over host Colorado. The win keeps the Trojans riding a solid sin streak, which is now up to seven in a row. Against the Buffs in Boulder, USC drummed up the doubles point before stringing together a set of three straight singles wins to secure the victory, clinched by Madison Westby's win on court three. The Women of Troy improve to 10-4 overall and are up to a 5-0 record in Pac-12 play.

    ORACLE/ITA RANKINGS UPDATES

    On April 4, the Oracle/ITA team rankings were updated, moving USC down one spot to No. 40. Three Pac-12 programs are currently in the nation’s Top 25: No. 10 Stanford, No. 18 California and No. 20 UCLA. The singles/doubles rankings were updated on April 4 as well, and three Trojans remain nationally ranked in singles. Junior Gabby Smith maintained her position at the No. 20 ranking. Sophomore Jessica Failla bumped up to No. 44 (from No. 47) and senior Zoë Katz fell to No 110 (from No. 96). In doubles, USC boasts three duos with national rankings. Katz/Smith dropped to No. 38 (from No. 34), but Kulikov/Westby jumped to No. 61 (from No. 67). USC’s third nationally ranked pair of Failla/Valdes fell no No. 74 (from No. 33).

    SCOUTING UTAH

    The Utah Utes are 7-6 on the season and 2-4 in conference play. Their record took two hits this weekend after facing tough battles against formerly ranked No. 8 Stanford and No. 14 California. The Utes fell 6-1 to Stanford on March 31, but held their own in a tight 4-3 loss to Cal on April 2. Utah’s women’s tennis team does not currently have any ranked singles players or doubles pairs. The Women of Troy are 8-0 all-time against the Utes.

    SCOUTING COLORADO

    The Colorado Buffs are coming off the same tough weekend as Utah. They too had losses to Stanford (5-2) and Cal (4-1). The Buffs hold a 9-8 season record as well as currently being 1-5 in Pac-12 conference play. As of April 4, they do not have any nationally ranked singles or doubles players. USC is 10-0 all-time against Colorado.

    WOMEN OF TROY WHIP UP WIN OVER WASHINGTON STATE

    The No. 39 Women of Troy were victorious over the Washington State Cougars 4-1 on Friday afternoon (March 31) at Washington State's outdoor tennis courts. Thiswin marked two in a row for the Trojans and improved their record to 6-7 overall and 1-3 in conference play.

    The afternoon kicked off with doubles as USC’s No. 34 Katz/Smith were quick to claim the first win of the day for Troy as they defeated WSU’s Ates/Michalkova 6-1 on court two. The No. 33 Trojan tandem of Failla/Valdes secured the doubles point for USC as they swiftly beat the Cougar pair of Matejevic/Miksovska 6-2. The match on court three featuring USC’s No. 67 Kulikov/Westby and WSU’s Tomey/Yusupova was suspended with a score of 4-4. This was the first match since USC’s duel with Baylor that the Trojans had won the doubles point.

    The Women of Troy entered the singles portion of the competition with a 1-0 advantage. USC’s No. 20 Gabby Smith jumped at the opportunity to claim the first singles point as she defeated WSU’s Barbora Michalkova 6-1, 6-1 on court one. The Cougars struck next as Guzal Yusapova beat Trojan Rianna Valdes 6-1, 6-3 on court two to put a point on the board for Washington State.

    USC’s Madison Westby nabbed another point for the Trojans as she beat WSU’s Victoria Matejevic 6-2, 6-3 on court four. Sydney Van Alphen would have the final word for Troy as she broke her four-match losing streak by defeating Cougar Lejla Colic 6-3, 6-1 on court six to clinch the match for the Trojans.

    USC WOMEN EDGED OUT BY HUSKIES

    The No. 39 USC women’s tennis team fell to the No. 35 Washington Huskies 4-3 on April 2. The Women of Troy are now 6-8 overall and 1-4 in Pac-12 conference play.

    The afternoon kicked off with doubles as No. 34 Katz/Smith defeated Washington’s Fung/Hance 6-3 on court two. USC’s No. 67 Kulikov/Westby were locked in a tight battle on court three against Washington’s Kopcalic/Slavica and prevailed to win their match 7-6 (4) and claim the doubles point for USC. This marked the second match in the row that the Trojans had won the doubles point.

    The Trojans entered the singles portion of the competition with a 1-0 advantage. The Women of Troy’s momentum from doubles carried over as USC’s No. 47 Jessica Failla would nab the first singles win for Troy as she defeated Washington’s Nour Abbes 6-0, 6-3 on court two. USC continued to find success as Madison Westby overpowered her Husky opponent Alexis Prokopuik 6-1, 6-4 on court five. Westby’s win made the match’s overall score 3-0.

    The Huskies had not yet given up. Washington’s No. 111 Miki Kobayashi fired back with a win over USC’s Rianna Valdes 6-2, 6-4 on court three to keep the Huskies in the match. Husky Katarina Kopcalic then defeated USC’s Angela Kulikov 6-2, 6-3 on court six. Next to finish would be Washington’s No. 118 Stacey Fung as she beat USC’s No. 20 Gabby Smith 6-2, 6-4 on court one to tie up the overall score at 3-3.

    The outcome of the match would fall upon the decision on court four. USC’s No. 96 Zoë Katz was entrenched in battle with Washington’s Kenadi Hance. After winning the first set 6-2, Katz dropped the second set 7-5. Hance ran away with the match and defeated Katz 6-1 in the decisive third set and clinched the match for the Huskies.

    GALLIEN

    USC women’s tennis head coach Richard Gallien, a 5-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, announced on Friday, March 24 that he will end his 22-year tenure at the conclusion of the current 2017 season.

    “It has been a privilege to have coached so many brilliant young women in my 22 fantastic years at this remarkable university. All but two student-athletes who played for me received their degrees, something of which I am very proud.

    “I look forward to coaching our team through the postseason and finishing strong. And in the future, I will always be rooting for all the teams at USC.”

    During his USC career, each of Gallien’s teams advanced into the NCAA tourney, with 3 appearing in the semifinals and 5 others making it to the quarterfinals. Under his watch, USC has finished in the national Top 20 rankings 19 times, including 11 Top 10 placings. Four of his teams won the Pac-12 title and 8 others were league runners-up. Four of his players were named conference Player of the Year and 3 of his doubles teams were honored as the league’s Doubles Team of the Year (including 2013 NCAA doubles champs Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian).

    The 2017 USC team currently is 6-8 overall, including a 1-4 start in Pac-12 play. They have 6 regular season matches remaining, before Pac-12 team championship play begins in late April.

    Gallien, who began at USC in 1996, has an overall record of 386-158 (71.0%), not including 8 wins and a loss vacated due to NCAA penalty.

    LAST SEASON 

    The USC women’s tennis team had its NCAA path come to a close in Malibu as the No. 20 Trojans fell to No. 8 seeded host Pepperdine 4-2 in the NCAA Second Round. The loss wrapped up the Trojans’ 2016 season with a 13-6 overall record, having reached the NCAA Tournament for the 25th consecutive year and coming off a runner-up finish in the Pac-12 Conference race. The USC women have recorded a 72-33 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament and have made a remarkable 25 straight appearances, including three NCAA Semifinal trips in the last 11 seasons. 2016 senior Giuliana Olmos and her partner former sophomore Gabby Smith finished out their 2016 campaign ranked No. 6 in the nation in doubles, garnering All-American status for the two Women of Troy. They would go on to climb as high as No. 4 in the national doubles rankings, and earned a place in the NCAA Doubles Championships as a 5-8 seed. The duo compiled a 19-9 record together overall, and went 10-5 in dual matches along with a 4-0 mark in Pac-12 play.