No. 4 USC Women Score A Sweep Of No. 65 San Diego State|
March 11, 2015
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 4 USC women's tennis team made a triumphant return to its home court after almost a month of road action by tacking up a 7-0 sweep of visiting No. 65 San Diego State today at Marks Stadium. A smooth sail through doubles play led to a string of strong singles matches. A stretch of straight-set wins saw Gabriella DeSimone emerge with the clincher, but the match would continue on as the remaining courts played out. The win improves the Trojans to 11-2 overall.
Stepping into the No. 1 slot for doubles and singles for the first time since her season-ended injury last year, senior Sabrina Santamaria was all business in both realms. The senior paired with junior Zoë Katz in doubles and the duo roared to a 6-1 to set the tone for the Trojans' winning day. Both Santamaria and Katz would stay hot as they divided and conquered in singles action. Katz whipped up the first singles win of the day with a decisive 6-1, 6-0 victory over Paola Diaz de Regules on court six, while #36 Santamaria followed suit with a powerful 6-2, 6-0 win over Kristin Buth at the No. 1 position to tug the Trojans to a 3-0 lead.
Katz and Santamaria's opening win in doubles was followed by a 6-4 victory from USC's #17 senior tandem of Giuliana Olmos and Zoë Scandalis at the No. 2 spot. Doubles play would rage on, with freshmen Gabby Smith and Madison Westby pulling off a 7-5 win on court three to maneuver the match on into singles play with USC's 1-0 lead on the board.
That's where Katz and Santamaria drilled out their speedy wins to run up the score, setting up senior Gabriella DeSimone to serve up the clincher from court five. DeSimone won the first eight games against Hailey Johnson and held her ground down the stretch to tally a 6-0, 6-3 win that made it a 4-0 USC advantage. The action kept coming as two matches stretched in third sets, while USC #65 freshman Madison Westby sidestepped extra time with a 6-4, 7-5 win at the No. 3 spot over Kennedy Davis to bring USC to a 5-0 lead. Fellow freshman #85 Meredith Xepoleas lost some steam in the second set to go into a 10-point tiebreaker to decide things, but that's where Xepoleas buckled back down to grind out a 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7) victory that made it 6-0. On court two, USC's #18 Giuliana Olmos had surrendered the first set to Tami Nguyen, but the Trojan junior regained focus as her match extended into a full third set. There, Olmos finished off her comeback for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 final win over Nguyen to put a stop to the day's action as a 7-0 USC win.
The Women of Troy now turn to their first Pac-12 match of the season, taking a trip to Pullman, Wash., to face Washington State in an 11 a.m. match on Sunday (March 15).
#4 USC 7, #65 San Diego State 0