No. 10 Virginia Edges Out No. 14 USC Women 4-2|
Feb. 6, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. -- The No. 14 USC women's tennis team took on its first top-10 opponent of the year in today's Round of 16 match at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships and stumbled to a 4-2 loss to tournament host No. 10 Virginia. The Cavaliers pulled off the doubles point and then took a 2-0 lead to keep pressure on the Trojans. In the end, Virginia's higher ranked singles players won out in pulling off the 4-2 win over USC to move on to tomorrow's quarterfinals and put the Women of Troy at 4-1 overall on the year.
The Women of Troy snagged the first win of the day when their #14 pair of Giuliana Olmos and Zoë Scandalis took down UVA's #22 Elbaba/Nauta 6-2 on court one. The Cavaliers would respond with a 6-2 win on court three over USC's freshman duo of Gabby Smith and Madison Westby, and then UVA's #11 team of Mercer/Morton nabbed the doubles point on a 6-4 win at the No. 2 spot over USC's Sabrina Santamaria and Meredith Xepoleas. That brought up singles play, where the Cavalier boasted a rankings advantage on the top three courts.
UVA's #42 Danielle Collins got a 2-0 lead for the hosts with a 6-2, 6-1 win over USC's #44 Zoë Scandalis on court two, but USC freshman #45 Madison Westby rang up USC's first point of the match with a strong 6-3, 6-4 win over Cassie Mercer on court six. That's when Virginia's top-ranked Julia Elbaba kicked into gear on court one against USC's #41 Giuliana Olmos, taking the Cavaliers to a 3-1 lead with a 6-4, 6-2 decision. Another USC freshman would pull the Trojans closer once again, as Meredith Xepoleas topped UVA's Maci Epstein 6-4, 7-5 at the No. 5 spot to make it 3-2. Two three-set battles hung in the balance at that point. Freshman #48 Gabby Smith was looking for a third-set comeback on court three against UVA's #16 Stephanie Nauta, while USC senior Sabrina Santamaria was looking to do the same on court four against Skylar Morton. Smith would fend off match point against Nauta to force the issue, but #16 Nauta was able to pull off the three-setter and provide the clincher with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Smith. That suspended Santamaria's No. 4 match with a snarl in the third set, left unfinished at 2-6, 6-2, 5-5.
The Women of Troy will play a consolation match tomorrow (Feb. 7) against an opponent to be determined.
ITA NATIONAL TEAM INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (Boars Head Sports Club Charlottesville, Va.)
Round of 16