No. 1 USC Women Down The Ducks 6-1|
March 27, 2015
EUGENE, ORE. -- The top-ranked USC women's tennis team snagged another Pac-12 win today with a solid 6-1 win over No. 56 host Oregon. The Women of Troy rallied right through doubles play and on to a stretch of singles victories, including the match-clincher from freshman Meredith Xepoleas. The road win improves USC to 15-2 overall and to 4-0 in Pac-12 play as its win streak extends to five in a row.
A new pairing of doubles duo Giuliana Olmos and Meredith Xepoleas proved potent with a quick 8-2 win at the No. 3 spot for the Trojan cause. Up on court one, USC's #19 Zoë Katz and Sabrina Santamaria locked in on the first point of the day with their 8-2 win, suspending action for Trojan freshmen Gabby Smith and Madison Westby at the No. 2 spot and bringing up singles play in Eugene.
Senior Gabriella DeSimone kept USC's hot streak going strong when she issued a 6-2, 6-1 win over Paloma Gomez on court six to make it a 2-0 Trojan advantage. At the No. 2 spot, #20 Sabrina Santamaria clocked in with another speedy win, beating Alyssa Tobita 6-4, 6-3 to get USC within reach of victory, up 3-0 on the Ducks. That's where #64 Meredith Xepoleas stepped in, delivering a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Lina Akensson on court five, and USC's fourth Pac-12 win was officially inked into the books.
Action would continue with the remaining matches stretching into extra time. On court three, #65 freshman Gabby Smith tallied a comeback win with a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 victory over Nicole Long, making it 5-0 Trojans with two three-setters raging on. At the No. 4 position, #73 freshman Madison Westby was also making a comeback push, having dropped the first set before forging a path to victory with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 win over Marlou Kluiving. The battle on court one wouldn't go as well for the Trojans, however. There, USC's #11 Giuliana Olmos was dealt a rare loss when Nia Rose managed to steal away the third set for a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Olmos to end the day as a 6-1 decision in USC's favor.
The Women of Troy now head over to Seattle to face Washington in a 12 p.m. match tomorrow (March 28) for more Pac-12 play.
#1 USC 6, #56 Oregon 1