Giuliana Olmos defeated her Saint Mary's opponent with a 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-3) score.
Jan. 30, 2016
Los Angeles -
The USC women’s tennis team defended its home court by defeating Saint Mary’s 6-1 on Saturday (Jan. 30) in Marks Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. Coming off a loss to Pepperdine on Friday, the Women of Troy were ready to bounce back and assert their dominance. The Trojans are now 2-1 to open the season and ready to begin a winning streak.
The Trojans opened the day of play with a win on court two from Jessica Failla and Zoë Katz. The USC duo sprinted through their match with ease and won with a 6-2 score over Saint Mary’s Clement/Kaur. On court one, the pair of Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith exchanged games back and forth with the Gael team of McCord/Pawid. The Trojans made the final push to snag the win and claim the doubles point with a 6-4 score. USC’s Madison Westby and Rianna Valdes were leading 5-4 in their match against Saint Mary’s Manji/Nommensen, but play was suspended due to USC winning the doubles point.
In the singles portion of the match, No. 49 Madison Westby continued her weekend hot streak by dominating the competition on court two. She defeated Saint Mary’s No. 103 Jamie Pawid with a decisive 6-2, 6-2 score. While she had many exciting plays that drew loud cheers from the crowd in Marks Stadium, Westby closed out her match with a powerful ace to earn another point for the Trojans. After putting up a fight, Meredith Xepoleas was overtaken by Saint Mary’s Parminder Kaur on court six with a score of 6-4, 6-1. USC’s No. 76 Jessica Failla came out swinging on court four against Saint Mary’s Emma Critser. Failla grinded her opponent back and forth and entertained the crowd with her exciting rallies. She defeated Crister with a 6-4, 6-2 score.
USC’s No. 114 Zoë Katz would seal the deal for the Trojans on court five as she beat Saint Mary’s Vanessa Nommensen 6-3, 6-3 to clinch the match. Shortly after, Trojan Gabby Smith ran away with her match on court three defeating Saint Mary’ s Clementine Clement 6-4, 6-4. Finally USC’s No. 42 Giuliana Olmos and Saint Mary’s Jana McCord were locked in a heated battle on court one. With only their match left to finish and a tied score of one set each, it was determined that the two would play a tiebreaker set to ten points. Olmos went on a run and claimed victory over McCord with a tiebreaker score of 10-3 to close out the final match of the day.
USC’s next action will take them across the country as they travel to Florida to take on San Francisco and Florida on Feb. 6 (12 p.m. ET) and Feb. 7 (12 p.m. ET), respectively.
#4 USC 6, #47 Saint Mary's 1
Jan. 30, 2016 - Marks Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.) DOUBLES
(1) #4 Olmos/Smith (USC) def. McCord/Pawid (SM) - 6-4
(2) Failla/Katz (USC) def. Clement/Kaur (SM) - 6-2
(3) Valdes/Westby (USC) vs. Manji/Nommensen (SM) - 5-4 susp.
USC wins doubles point. Order of finish: 2, 1 SINGLES
(1) #42 Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. Jana McCord (SM) - 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-3)
(2) #49 Madison Westby (USC) def. #103 Jamie Pawid (SM) - 6-2, 6-2
(3) Gabby Smith (USC) def. Clementine Clement (SM) - 6-4, 6-4
(4) #76 Jessica Failla (USC) def. Emma Crister (SM) - 6-4, 6-2
(5) #114 Zoë Katz (USC) def. Vanessa Nommensen (SM) - 6-3, 6-3
(6) Parminder Kaur (SM) def. Meredith Xepoleas
(USC) - 6-4, 6-1 Order of finish: 2, 6, 4, 5*, 3, 1