Women's Tennis
    No. 14 USC Women Serve Up Another Shutout, Beating Pepperdine 4-0

    Gabi DeSimone came through with the clincher for USC against Pepperdine.
    Jan. 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 14 USC women's tennis team punched up a third consecutive shutout win and in doing so punched its ticket to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. A swift 4-0 takedown of No. 27 Pepperdine today at Marks Stadium registered the Women of Troy as the champs at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend to qualify for the national event taking place next month in Charlottesville, Va. USC improves to 3-0 overall with the victory over the Waves, with the clincher coming from senior Gabriella DeSimone today. In the consolation match today, No. 51 Wichita State beat No. 69 Denver 4-0.

    USC made a quick push to the lead with two strong wins in the doubles realm. USC's #14 pair of Giuliana Olmos and Zoë Scandalis tacked up the opening win with a 6-1 victory on court one. On court two, USC's Zoë Katz and Sabrina Santamaria secured a 1-0 lead for the Trojans with a 6-3 victory there, and the teams were on to singles action.

    Senior Sabrina Santamaria hit her stride in singles with a dominating 6-1, 6-0 win over Michaela Capannolo on court four to take USC ahead 2-0. Next, it was freshman Meredith Xepoleas who rang up her second dual-match win on a similarly powerful 6-1, 6-1 decision over Pepperdine's Danielle Feneridis at the No. 6 spot, making it 3-0 USC with the finish line on the horizon. Coming in with the clincher from court five was senior #98 Gabriella DeSimone. She'd put an end to the day's action with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Christine Maddox to lock in the Trojans with the victory. That win suspended action on the remaining courts.

     

     

    USC will actually face off again against Pepperdine next week. The Trojans are due for a trip to Malibu to face the Waves at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 30).

    2015 ITA Kick-Off Weekend (Marks Stadium • Los Angeles, Calif.)

    Championship Match
    #14 USC 4, #27 Pepperdine 0
    Jan. 25, 2015 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    DOUBLES
    (1) #14 Olmos/Scandalis (USC) def. Guillermo/Runglerdkriangkrai (Pepp.) - 6-1
    (2) Katz/Santamaria (USC) def. Gulbe/Maddox (Pepp.) - 6-3
    (3) Smith/Westby (USC) vs. Capannolo/Feneridis (Pepp.) - 3-4 susp.
    Order of finish: 1, 2
    USC wins doubles point
    SINGLES
    (1) #44 Zoë Scandalis (USC) vs. #17 Lorraine Guillermo (Pepp.) - 4-6, 3-0 susp.
    (2) #41 Giuliana Olmos (USC) vs. Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai (Pepp.) - 6-1, 5-1 susp.
    (3) Gabby Smith (USC) vs. Laura Gulbe (Pepp.) - 6-6 susp.
    (4) Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. Michaela Capannolo (Pepp.) - 6-1, 6-0
    (5) #98 Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Christine Maddox (Pepp.) - 6-3, 6-1*
    (6) Meredith Xepoleas (USC) def. Danielle Feneridis (Pepp.) - 6-1, 6-1
    Order of finish: 4, 6, 5*

    Consolation Match
    #51 Wichita State 4, #69 Denver 0
    Jan. 25, 2015 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    DOUBLES
    (1) Pedrazzi/Kovalova (WSU) def. Mboko/Radosevic (DU) - 6-4
    (2) Slattery/O'Loughlin (DU) def. Schiller/Porubin (WSU) - 6-4
    (3) Trifunovic/Pump (WSU) def. Genechten/Barnhill (DU) - 6-2
    Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
    Wichita State wins doubles point
    SINGLES
    (1) Julia Schiller (WSU) vs. Maureen Slattery (DU) - 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 susp.
    (2) Rebecca Pedrazzi (WSU) vs. Gracia Mboko (DU) - 5-7, 2-3 susp.
    (3) Gabriela Porubin (WSU) vs. Evy Van Genechten (DU) - 6-0, 5-5 susp.
    (4) Abby Stevens (WSU) def. Sonja Radosevic (DU) - 6-1, 6-2
    (5) Lucia Kovalova (WSU) def. Charlotte Derbyshire (DU) - 7-5, 6-0
    (6) Aleksandra Trifunovic (WSU) def. Julia O'Loughlin (DU) - 6-2, 7-5*
    Order of finish: 4, 5, 6*