No. 14 USC Women Serve Up Sweep Of LMU To Start 2015|
Jan. 14, 2015
MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIF. -- The No. 14 USC women's tennis team set a powerful tone for its 2015 season in a dominating season-opening sweep of Loyola Marymount tonight in Manhattan Beach. The Women of Troy made themselves right at home on the courts of the Manhattan Country Club in jumping out to an early lead with strong doubles play. Their strength continued right through singles, even as the cool, damp ocean air began to settle on the courts. Deservingly so, USC senior Sabrina Santamaria came through with the clincher for the Trojans tonight, marking her return to action for the first time since a season-ending knee injury taken last March. Santamaria and her Women of Troy jump out to a 1-0 start to the season with tonight's 7-0 sweep of the Lions.
Doubles play opened with the Trojans in full control. Playing under new ITA rules, with no ad-scoring for all matches and doubles matches played as a single set to six, USC looked ready for anything. The freshman combo pack of Gabby Smith and Madison Westby whipped up a quick 6-0 shutout of their LMU opponents at the No. 3 spot to light the spark, and Zoë Katz and Sabrina Santamaria followed that up with a 6-2 on court two to secure the first point of the match for USC. A senior pairing of Gabriella DeSimone and Zoë Scandalis mirrored that score on court one to take the Trojans on through to singles play.
The hard-hitting #45 freshman Madison Westby again was the first to the finish line in singles play. She'd take out LMU's Ellie Grossman with a 6-1, 6-2 decision at the No. 3 spot to make it 2-0 Trojans. Then it was #119 sophomore Zoë Katz who put USC in reach of victory on a smooth 6-0, 6-1 win over Lisa Piller on court five. Sealing the deal for USC in her first match back in over 10 months was senior Sabrina Santamaria, who pinned up a 6-1 victory in the first set before turning on the afterburners for a 6-0 sweep in the second over LMU's Kylie Waschuk at the No. 6 position. That put the win in Trojan hands at 4-0, but three more Women of Troy were still plugging away.
At the No. 2 spot, #48 freshman Gabby Smith rang up her first dual-match win on a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Andrea Crespo. On court one, USC's #44 senior Zoë Scandalis wrapped up a 6-2, 6-4 win over Jessica Perez to clear the court for fellow senior Gabriella DeSimone to finish up her No. 4 singles match against Anna Romeka. The cool weather had dampened the court the two had been competing on, so when court one was open their match resumed. DeSimone stayed the course, turning her 5-2 advantage at the postponement into a 6-2, 6-2 victory that capped off the night's action as a 7-0 Trojan sweep.
The Women of Troy will now divide and conquer in individual action this weekend, splitting up for competition at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs and the Freeman Memorial in Las Vegas from Jan. 17-19.
#14 USC 7, Loyola Marymount 0