No. 6 USC Women Kick Off Spring With A Shutout Win|
Jan. 24, 2014
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- Neither a new set of rules nor a last-minute change in the line-up could shake the No. 6 Women of Troy today, as they took down No. 60 North Texas, 4-0, to open up their dual match season.
The ITA used the Kick-Off Weekend tournament to experiment with new rules, including doubles sets consisting of six games instead of eight and only two sets in singles, with a tiebreaker in lieu of a third set, if necessary.
In addition, senior Brynn Boren, ranked No. 96 in the nation in singles and No. 3 in doubles when paired with freshman Zoë Katz, sat out against the Mean Green, causing a change at the third doubles slot and throughout the singles line-up.
Despite the possible distractions, juniors Zoë Scandalis and Giuliana Olmos, ranked No. 7 in the nation together, got USC off to a hot start, taking down North Texas' Augustina Valenzuela and Dane Joubert, 6-0.
Meanwhile, junior Sabrina Santamaria and senior Kaitlyn Christian reasserted their dominance at the top doubles spot with a 6-1 win over North Texas' Kamilla Galieva and Anastasiya Shestakova. Christian and Santamaria, the reigning NCAA doubles champions, are currently ranked No. 33 in the nation together.
Their victory earned USC the doubles point and suspended play with Katz and sophomore Ellie Yates up 4-1 over North Texas' Ana Sofia Cordero and Alexis Thoma.
The Women of Troy moved into the singles competition against the Mean Green with intense momentum, exemplified by Christian's swift 6-0, 6-0 blanking of North Texas' Joubert on Court 6.
Olmos, the No. 60 singles player in the nation, moved up one spot to Court 3, and followed suit by beating North Texas' Valenzuela, 6-1, 6-2.
Yates stepped into the starting line-up at the five-spot and clinched the match for the Women of Troy with a 6-3, 6-0 beatdown of North Texas' Cordero.
This suspended play on all other courts and gave USC a 4-0 victory over North Texas.
The Women of Troy will face the No. 27 Saint Mary's Gaels on Saturday at 5 p.m. at USC's Marks Stadium.
ITA KICK-OFF WEEKEND (Marks Stadium Los Angeles, Calif.)
Saint Mary's 4, Utah 2