Women's Tennis
    No. 16 USC Women Swamp The Waves 7-0

    Alison Ramos fought back to win and keep it a USC shutout today vs. Pepperdine.

    Feb. 4, 2012

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 16 USC women's tennis team have matched their most powerful start to a season since 2007 with a 5-0 overall record that includes four 7-0 sweeps and one 6-1 victory, thanks to today's shutout of visiting No. 27 Pepperdine at Marks Stadium. After another dominating doubles performance, USC rattled off five straight-set singles wins that were capped off by a three-set comeback victory by Alison Ramos to round out the clean sweep. In what's becoming a routine role for the freshman, Gabrielle DeSimone clinched the match with her singles win from court five.

    The Trojans have created a corps of doubles power, which steamrolled the Waves today to the tune of 8-2 victories on courts two and three, from Danielle Lao / Alison Ramos and Valeria Pulido / Zoe Scandalis, respectively. Both teams are a perfect 5-0 in dual match doubles so far. At the top spot, Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria combined forces once again to tack up an 8-4 win to bring up singles play.

    #99 Christian then made short work of her singles opponent to put USC ahead 2-0 in the match, posting a 6-1, 6-2 win over Arianna Colffer on court four. Her doubles teammate also slammed her singles foe, notching a 6-1, 6-4 win at the No. 3 spot over Lorraine Guillermo. DeSimone would come through once again with the winning touch. The freshman topped Ali Walters 6-1, 6-4 from court five, and USC had its fifth straight win of the year in hand.

    Meanwhile, on court one, #19 Zoe Scandalis was embroiled in a first-set snarl with #72 Ale Granillo, but the freshman stole the first in a tiebreak, then shoved her way past Granillo in the second for a 7-6 (5), 6-1 victory to lift the Women of Troy ahead 5-0 in the match. Danielle Lao then extended her singles win streak to nine in a row with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Khunpak Issara at the No. 2 spot, leaving senior Alison Ramos on a warpath to come back from a first-set deficit on court six. Ramos shrugged off Megan Moore's win in the first and pushed on for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win that wrapped up a sunny day and another powerful win for the Women of Troy.



    USC's next action takes the Trojans to Charlottesville, Va., for the ITA National Indoor Championships, running Feb. 10-13.

    #16 USC 7, #27 Pepperdine 0
    Feb. 4, 2012 -- Marks Stadium
    (1) #3 Christian/Santamaria (USC) def. Guillermo/Issara (PEP) -- 8-4
    (2) Lao/Ramos (USC) def. Moore/Walters (PEP) -- 8-2
    (3) Pulido/Scandalis (USC) def. Colffer/Granillo (PEP) -- 8-2
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
    (1) #19 Zoe Scandalis (USC) def. #72 Ale Granillo (PEP) -- 7-6 (5), 6-1
    (2) #42 Danielle Lao (USC) def. Khunpak Issara (PEP) -- 6-3, 6-4
    (3) #18 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. Lorraine Guillermo (PEP) -- 6-1, 6-4
    (4) #99 Kaitlyn Christian (USC) def. Arianna Colffer (PEP) -- 6-1, 6-2
    (5) Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Ali Walters (PEP) -- 6-1, 6-4*
    (6) Alison Ramos (USC) def. Megan Moore (PEP) -- 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
    Order of finish: 4, 3, 5*, 1, 2, 6