Women of Troy Stand Strong In ITA Preseason Rankings

    Zoë Scandalis starts her senior season ranked No. 19 in the nation in singles and No. 7 in doubles.
    Sept. 10, 2014

    As the USC women's tennis team sets up for its first competition of the 2014-15 season, the Women of Troy are already poised to pack some punch this season. A full lineup of Trojans are locked into the national preseason rankings, with five ranked singles players, two ranked doubles teams and two USC freshmen tabbed on the newcomer top-10 list.

    USC is bound for Baylor this week to compete in the Baylor Under Armour Kick-Off Tournament -- an opportunity for some strong early-season competition for the hungry Women of Troy. There, USC will have three new players see their first official action as Trojans. All three newcomers appear on ITA preseason rankings lists. Freshman Madison Westby is paired with sophomore Zoë Katz as the nation's No. 23 doubles team. Her fellow freshmen Gabby Smith and Meredith Xepoleas, meanwhile, have been tabbed at No. 8 and No. 9, respectively, on the ITA's freshman/newcomer rankings sheet.

    Five USC returners highlight the preseason singles rankings, led by senior Zoë Scandalis, who has upped her final rank from last season in standing tall at No. 15 to start her senior campaign. Senior Sabrina Santamaria, who was sidelined by a knee injury last season, won't see action in the fall as she continues to heal, but she still scores a spot-in the top-20. Santamaria ranks No. 19 on the national singles list. Junior Giuliana Olmos has upgraded her position with a No. 38 ranking to kick off 2014-15, as has sophomore Zoë Katz, who now stands at No. 59 entering her second season as a Trojan. Senior Gabriella DeSimone also has a spot in the preseason singles poll, holding down No. 106 in the land.



    In doubles, the dynamic duo of Olmos and Scandalis loom large with a top-10 spot, holding down No. 7 in the land while being joined by No. 23 Katz and Westby in the top-25.

    The 2014-15 campaign begins on Friday (Sept. 12) for the Women of Troy as they engage in competition in Waco, Texas, from Sept. 12-14 at the Baylor Under Armour Kick-Off Tournament.

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    Trojans in 2014-15 ITA Preseason Rankings

    #15 Zoë Scandalis
    #19 Sabrina Santamaria
    #38 Giuliana Olmos
    #59 Zoë Katz
    #106 Gabriella DeSimone

    #7 Giuliana Olmos / Zoë Scandalis
    #23 Zoë Katz / Madison Westby

    #8 Gabby Smith
    #9 Meredith Xepoleas