No. 11 USC Secures Another Road Win, Topping Saint Mary's 5-2|
Feb. 21, 2015
MORAGA, CALIF. -- The No. 11 USC women's tennis team rounded out a victorious road trip through the Bay Area by tacking up a 5-2 win over No. 41 host Saint Mary's today in Moraga. Coming off of an emotional comeback upset of No. 5 California the previous day, the Women of Troy misfired in doubles play but were quick to recover. USC rattled off four straight singles wins to lock in on the victory, with Zoë Katz providing the clincher in this one from court six. The Trojans are now 10-1 overall on the year with their sixth consecutive win in the books.
USC snagged the first win of the day when Zoë Katz and Sabrina Santamaria tagteamed SMC's Flores/Jessup with an 8-2 win on court two. The Gaels fired back, though, taking an 8-2 win on court two over USC's #15 Olmos/Santamaria and then securing the first point with an 8-6 decision at the No. 3 spot over USC freshman pair Smith/Westby.
USC was anything but shaken by that 1-0 deficit. Senior Gabriella DeSimone righted the ship with an equalizing 6-1, 6-1 win over Kareena Manji on court five, and then #22 Giuliana Olmos delivered the go-ahead punch with a 6-0, 6-4 win over #48 Danielle Flores at the No. 1 spot. Now up 2-1 on the Gaels, the Trojans kept coming. Freshman Meredith Xepoleas knocked USC to a 3-1 advantage with her 6-1, 6-2 win over Jamie Pawid on court four, setting the Trojans up for a clincher. That's where sophomore Zoë Katz picked up right where she left on in doubles, staying in winning form for a 6-4, 6-4 win over Emma Critser at the No. 6 position. Katz's win clinched victory for the Trojans, up 4-1, but with matches still going strong. Up on court two for the first time, #104 freshman Madison Westby was upended by #112 Jana McCord when her match went to a 10-point tiebreaker to decide things. A 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7) loss for Westby made the score 4-2, but her fellow freshman #72 Gabby Smith would have the final word for the Trojans. Smith pulled off a win in her 10-point tiebreaker to top Catherine Leduc 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 and make it a 5-2 final in USC's favor.
USC now sets up for a rivalry clash against UCLA next week. The Trojans will pay a visit to the Bruins in Westwood on Wednesday (March 4) at 1:30 p.m. That match will be televised on Pac-12 Networks, with the broadcast beginning with singles play starting at 3 p.m.
#11 USC 5, #41 Saint Mary's 2