No. 7 USC Women Upset No. 5 Cal 4-3|
Feb. 25, 2012
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 7 USC women's tennis team snapped a five-match losing streak against California and registered another upset win over a top-10 team with today's 4-3 win over the No. 5 Bears. The Trojans dropped the doubles point before shrugging off the deficit to tear into the lead. Cal would lock it up 2-2 in singles, but USC responded with two more straight-set wins, with freshman Gabriella DeSimone clinching yet another win for the Trojans with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over #103 Cecilia Estlander. USC is now 9-1 overall with today's big win.
USC took the first win of the day with #45 Pulido/Scandalis' win at the No. 3 spot in doubles, but cal was able to pull out tight wins on the top two courts with 9-7 decisions to take a 1-0 lead in the match. In singles, however, USC got down to business. On court two, Cal's #48 Tayler Davis retired from her match with #17 Danielle Lao due to injury after Lao worked ahead 6-0 in the first. At the No. 4 spot, #63 Kaitlyn Christian made short qork of Annie Goransson with a 6-3, 6-1 win to put the Trojans in the lead. Cal would pull even on a 6-4, 6-3 win by Alice Duranteau on court six over Alison Ramos, but the Trojan freshmen would wrap up the day as a USC victory next. #24 Sabrina Santamaria controlled #84 Annet Schutting with a 6-4, 6-0 win on court three to make it 3-2 USC, and DeSimone came through once again in the clutch with her winner at the No. 5 spot to give USC the win, up 4-2. That left court one's battle between USC's #10 Zoe Scandalis and Cal's #23 Zsofi Susanyi going to a third-set tiebreaker, where the Bear managed to notch the win with a 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-2) final.
USC now takes its 9-1 record up against the only team to beat the Trojans this season, taking on No. 4 crosstown rival UCLA on Thursday (March 1) at Marks Stadium for a shot at avenging a 4-0 loss to the Bruins in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships semifinals two weeks ago.
#7 USC 4, #5 California 3