No. 6 USC Women Wash Out No. 44 Pepperdine 5-2|
Jan. 30, 2014
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 6 USC women's tennis team was in full control of today's nonconference clash with No. 44 Pepperdine. The Women of Troy whipped up the doubles point and then knocked out four straight singles wins en route to the 5-2 final victory over the visiting Waves at Marks Stadium. Junior Gabriella DeSimone was the clincher of the day, staging a potent comeback win to bring home USC's third team victory of the year.
Doubles play opened with a bang for the Women of Troy, with Kaitlyn Christian and Gabriella DeSimone heating up early and cruising to a 6-0 sweep of Pepperdine's Cutura/Granillo on court three. From there it was neck-and-neck on the other two courts as both Trojan duos were working their way toward the clincher. On court two, #3 Brynn Boren and Zoë Katz got to the finish line first, displaying some hustle and handiwork in posting a 6-2 win over #40 Waves Capannolo/Chiang. At the No. 2 spot, USC's #7 Giuliana Olmos and Zoë Scandalis were poised for victory before their match was suspended at 5-3 against Guillermo/Maddox to bring up singles play.
Sprinting to the first singles win of the day was freshman Zoë Katz, who left no prisoners in her speedy 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Danielle Feneridis on court six. Compared to her quick fix, the next USC point was a long time coming, and yet still it was a dominating 6-1, 6-1 victory from USC's #60 Giulians Olmos over Pepperdine's #93 Ale Granillo that jumped the Trojans ahead 3-0. Coming through with the clincher was a solid comeback effort from USC's #80 Gabriella DeSimone, who shrugged off a loss in the first set to even the score. In the 10-point tiebreaker to decide it all, the junior fought out of a 3-5 hole on court four to win it with a 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6) decision that secured the match for the Trojans, up 4-0.
Action continued on the remaining courts, with USC's Zoë Scandalis punching up a 6-3, 6-4 victory over #79 Matea Cutura on court two. Scandalis persevered through a second set that saw Cutura try to reel in the Trojan before Scandalis drummed up a hold and a break for victory. The last two matches featured gutsy efforts that wound up in 10-point tiebreakers. On court one, USC's #96 Brynn Boren was within reach of an upset of #19 Lorraine Guillermo. Boren had snagged the first set in a tiebreaker and fought out of an 0-5 hole in the second, only to wind up short of the upset with a 6-7 (3), 7-5, 1-0 (10-4) loss that registered the first point of the match for the Waves. Court five's matchup between USC senior Kaitlyn Christian and Pepperdine's Christine Maddox also extended into a 10-point decider, and the Waves caught the edge there, too. Christian had forced the third with a good win in the second set, but Maddox rang up the victory to make it a 5-2 final on her 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7) decision.
The Women of Troy now prep for a trip to Charlottesville, Va., to engage in action at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The Round of 16 begins Feb. 7 and competition continues through to the final on Feb. 10.
#6 USC 5, #44 Pepperdine 2