Women's Tennis
    DeSimone/Katz Through To NCTC Doubles Title Match

    Zoë Katz and Gabriella DeSimone are making noise at the NCTC in doubles action.
    Jan. 18, 2015

    The USC doubles duo of Gabriella DeSimone and Zoë Katz drummed up some winning momentum with an upset of the nation's top-ranked doubles team yesterday, so it was business as usual today in the semifinal round. The two Women of Troy snagged another victory out at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs, beating their opponents from San Diego to cruise into the doubles final tomorrow (Jan. 19).

    Meanwhile, out at the Freeman Memorial in Las Vegas, USC fell short of an early title sweep. In the singles final, USC junior Giuliana Olmos was up against the No. 3 seeded Jennifer Brady of UCLA. It was a battle to the end, as Brady edged out Olmos in the first set with a tiebreaker, only to have Olmos rally back and blank her Bruin foe 6-0 in the second to force a decisive third set. There, it would go down to the wire, but Brady caught the late advantage and pulled off the 7-6. 0-6, 7-5 decision to grab the singles crown. Olmos' busy day began with a doubles semifinal bout alongside senior teammate Zoë Scandalis. The Trojans were up against a UNC pair in the bid for a spot in the final, but the Tar Heels managed a 6-4 win over the USC duo to steal that ticket to the title match.

    Complete USC results at both events are below.

    FREEMAN MEMORIAL (Fertitta Tennis Complex • Las Vegas, Nev.)

    SINGLES
    First Round - Jan. 16
    [5] #44 Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. Mercedes Lopez (UNLV) - 6-1, 6-2
    [7] #48 Gabby Smith (USC) def. Joanna Henderson (TENN) - 6-1, 6-2
    [4] #41 Guiliana Olmos (USC) def. Cassandra Vazquez (UNC) - 6-3, 6-3
    [6] #45 Madison Westby (USC) def. Paola Artiga (UNLV) - 6-2, 6-2

     

     

    Round of 16 - Jan. 16
    Whitney Kay (UNC) def. [5] #44 Zoë Scandalis (USC) 2-6, - 7-6 (20-18), 6-3
    [7] #48 Gabby Smith (USC) def. Marika Akkerman (UNC) - 6-2, 6-1
    [4] #41 Guiliana Olmos (USC) def. Ellen Tsay (STAN) - 6-1, 6-3
    [6] #45 Madison Westby (USC) def. Stefani Hristov (TAMU) - 6-1, 7-6

    Quarterfinals - Jan. 17
    [3] Jennifer Brady (UCLA) def. [7] #48 Gabby Smith (USC) - 6-3, 6-2
    [4] #41 Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. [8] #79 Kaitlin Ray (UCLA) - 6-1, 6-2
    [2] Hayley Carter (UNC) def. [6] #45 Madison Westby (USC) - 6-0, 6-4

    Semifinals - Jan. 17
    [4] #41 Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. [2] Hayley Carter (UNC) - 6-3, 1-6, 6-4

    Championship - Jan. 18
    [3] Jennifer Brady (UCLA) def. [4] #41 Giuliana Olmos (USC) - 7-6, 0-6, 7-5

    DOUBLES
    First Round - Jan 16
    Smith/Westby (USC) def. Akkerman/Vazquez (UNC) - 6-1
    [2] #14 Olmos/Scandalis (USC) def. Repic/Guevremont (TENN) - 6-3

    Quarterfinals - Jan. 17
    [3] #29 Henderson/Williams (TENN) def. Smith/Westby (USC) - 7-6
    [2] #14 Olmos/Scandalis (USC) def. Kotseva/Shumilina (UNLV) - 6-2

    Semifinals - Jan. 18
    Carter/Kay (UNC) def. [2] #14 Olmos/Scandalis (USC) - 6-4

    ADDED SINGLES MATCHES:
    #44 Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. Cassandra Vazquez (UNC) - 6-1, 6-2
    Gabby Smith (USC) def. Hristov (TAMU) - 6-4, 6-2
    Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. Mamalat (TAMU) - 7-5, 6-4
    Madison Westby (USC) def. Akkerman (UNC) - 7-6, 6-4

    ADDED DOUBLES MATCHES:
    Mamalat/Hriztov (TAMU) def. Smith/Westby (USC) - 6-3

    NATIONAL COLLEGIATE TENNIS CLASSIC (Palm Springs, Calif.)

    SINGLES
    First Round - Jan. 16
    Meredith Xepoleas (USC) def. Jean Runglerdkriangkrai (PEP) - 6-3, 6-4
    #98 Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Lindsay Kostas (STAN) - 6-0, 6-2
    #119 Zoë Katz (USC) def. Michaela Capannolo (PEP) - 6-3, 6-3

    Round of 16 - Jan. 16
    Lauren Marker (ARIZ) def. Meredith Xepoleas (USC) - 3-6,6-4,7-5
    #98 Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Laurta Gulbe (PEP) - 3-6,6-3,6-4
    Rutuja Bhoslae (TAMU) def. #119 Zoë Katz (USC) - 7-5,6-4

    Quarterfinals - Jan. 17
    Lorraine Guillermo (PEP) def. #98 Gabriella DeSimone (USC) - 6-2, 6-3

    DOUBLES
    First Round - Jan. 16
    DeSimone/Katz (USC) def. Bhoslae/Gavrilovksa (TAMU) - 6-3

    Quarterfinals - Jan. 17
    DeSimone/Katz (USC) def. #1 Harrison/McPhillips (UCLA) - 6-4

    Semifinals - Jan. 18
    DeSimone/Katz (USC) def. Oppinger/Spinosa (USD) - score n/a

    Championship - Jan. 19
    DeSimone/Katz (USC) vs. TBA