Women's Tennis
    No. 18 USC Falls To No. 15 Auburn in Season's First Loss

    Jan. 29, 2017

    AUBURN, Ala. -- The No. 18 USC women’s tennis team battled hard but fell to No. 15 Auburn 4-1 on the second day of ITA Kick Off Weekend on Sunday, Jan. 29 in Auburn, Ala. With the loss, the Women of Troy fall to 2-1 on the season.

    The Trojans came out swinging to open the doubles portion of the competition as Kulikov/Westby defeated Auburn’s Muller/Zwaan 6-2 on court three. The two other Tiger duos were relentless as USC’s No. 18 Katz/Smith fell to Auburn’s No. 25 Michaud/Russo 6-4 on court one and Trojan pair Failla/Valdes were defeated by Tiger twosome Dikosavljevic/Griffin in a close match 7-6 (8-6). Auburn claimed the doubles point and entered singles with a 1-0 advantage.

    Court one was the first to finish as Auburn’s No. 13 Alizee Michaud defeated Trojan No. 56 Zoë Katz 6-4, 6-2. Soon after, USC’s No. 52 Madison Westby lost to Tiger Roos van der Zwaan 6-3, 6-3 on court four.

    Trojan Gabby Smith continued to be a dominant force as she extended her winning streak to eight matches. The Pac-12 Player of the Week trounced yet another ranked opponent in Auburn’s No. 101 Andie Dikosavljevic 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

    Unfortunately, Auburn would have the final word as Alannah Griffin beat USC’s No. 46 Jessica Failla in a nail biter of a second set, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

    USC will return to Los Angeles for its home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 1 as the Women of Troy take on the San Diego State Aztecs at 1:30 p.m. in Marks Stadium.

    #15 Auburn 4, No. 18 USC 1
    Jan. 29, 2017 - Yarbrough Tennis Center (Auburn, Ala.)
    DOUBLES
    (1) #25 Michaud/Russo (AU) def. #18 Katz/Smith (USC) - 6-4
    (2) Dikosavljevic/Griffin (AU) def. Failla/Valdes (USC) - 7-6 (8-6)
    (3) Kulikov/Westby (USC) def. Muller/Zwaan (AU) - 6-2
    Auburn wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
    SINGLES
    (1) #13 Alizee Michaud (AU) def. #56 Zoë Katz (USC) - 6-4, 6-2
    (2) Gabby Smith (USC) def. #101 Andie Dikosavljevic (AU) - 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
    (3) Alannah Griffin (AU) def. #46 Jessica Failla (USC) - 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)*
    (4) Roos van der Zwaan (AU) def. #52 Madison Westby (USC) - 6-3, 6-3
    (5) Angela Kulikov (USC) vs. Georgie Axon (AU) - 7-5, 1-6, 1-2 unfinished
    (6) Sydney Van Alphen (USC) vs. Caroline Turner (AU) - 2-6, 6-2, 3-2 unfinished
    Order of finish: 1, 4, 2, 3*