Written by Dave Dulberg, USC blog contributor
For the first time since 2003, the No. 16 USC women's tennis team advanced to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship semifinals this weekend in Charlottesville, VA.
While the Women of Troy would drop Sunday's semifinal 4-0 against crosstown rival UCLA, the team was a model of resiliency all weekend.
Despite losing the doubles point on Friday, USC defeated No. 8 UNC with a 4-2 comeback victory, thanks to a heroic three-set singles win by junior Danielle Lao (pictured right by the Daily Trojan).
On Saturday, the Trojans once again dropped the doubles point against No. 17 Tennessee. However, strong play on the singles side by freshman Sabrina Santamaria and sophomore Kaitlyn Christian paced USC to a convincing 4-1 win. The match marked the team's seventh straight win to start 2012 and the program's best start since 1999.
The Women of Troy return home for a week of practice before taking the court at Marks Stadium on Feb. 23, when they face UC Santa Barbara.