Five Women of Troy Pack Into NCAA Singles And Doubles Draws|
April 29, 2015
To go along with its top seed in the NCAA team draw, USC women's tennis has loaded up five players into the 2015 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships. Four singles players and two doubles teams are lined up for individual action out in Waco, Texas, for competition running May 20-25.
Junior Giuliana Olmos will make her second appearance in the NCAA Singles Championships, having reached the Round of 32 last season, where she fell to the draw's top seed. Olmos has seriously upgraded her ranking for this year's effort, standing as the #14 singles player in the land and boasting the most singles wins on the team with her 36-11 overall record. This year, Olmos leads the pack as a 9-16 seed in the singles draw.
Senior Sabrina Santamaria is back on the NCAA scene after being sidelined last season with injury. Ranked #21 in the nation in singles now, Santamaria holds a 14-4 overall singles record since returning to competition in January of this year. Santamaria is certainly experienced in postseason play. She was the No. 2 seed in the singles draw as a sophomore in 2013, when she reached the Round of 32 in singles and went on to win the doubles crown with teammate Kaitlyn Christian. As a freshman, Santamaria reached the NCAA Singles Quarterfinals in 2012, making this year's journey her third appearance in both NCAA singles and doubles.
Senior Zoë Scandalis enters the postseason ranked #45 in the nation in singles, holding a 27-12 overall record. It's her fourth venture to the NCAA individual competition, having reached the singles Round of 16 as a freshman in 2012 and then reaching the Round of 32 in 2013 and 2014.
A newcomer on the NCAA individual scene this season will be USC freshman Madison Westby, whose #55 national ranking has pulled her alongside her upperclassman teammates for a spot in the NCAA Singles draw. Westby has posted a 22-8 overall singles record to date and has been responsible for six match-clinching victories for the Women of Troy during dual-match play this year.
In doubles action, Giuliana Olmos and Zoë Scandalis have been a top-25 team throughout the majority of the spring season, and are primed for their second trip together to the NCAA Doubles Championships. The duo enters the 2015 campaign ranked #20 in the nation and with a 15-7 overall record. They are looking to improve on last year's NCAA run, where the pair fell in the first round to the No. 4 seeded team in the draw.
USC's tandem of Zoë Katz and Sabrina Santamaria have also spent their time in the top-25 this season, ever since breaking into the rankings in late March. Ever since teaming up for dual-match action, the duo has done well in accumulating a 10-3 record together as they now turn to make a run at the NCAA draw. Both players have experience on the NCAA doubles scene, albeit with different partners in past seasons. Last year, Katz paired with then-senior Brynn Boren to reach the NCAA Round of 16. Santamaria was sidelined with injury this time last year, but in 2013 she claimed the NCAA Doubles Championship alongside Christian during Santamaria's sophomore season. She also paired with Christian in the 2012 doubles tourney as a freshman.