Gallien Gets To 300 With Win Over Oregon|
March 30, 2012
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 4 USC women's tennis team helped earn their head coach his 300th career win with the Trojans today in a powerful 7-0 sweep of Oregon at Marks Stadium. Richard Gallien already has well over 300 career wins overall, but today's victory was a special one as it marked the 300th of his career at USC. Rewarded for his benchmark victory by a watery bath from a Gatorade tub, Gallien now has his Women of Troy holding a 15-2 overall record this year to go with a perfect 4-0 mark in Pac-12 play thanks to today's win.
#36 freshman Sabrina Santamaria provided the clincher with her 6-3, 6-1 win over Sofia Hager on court three, but the celebration didn't kick off until #22 junior Danielle Lao wrapped up her win over Patricia Skowronski at the No. 2 slot with a winning surge to a 7-6 (1), 6-2 decision. It was straight set wins down the line for the Women of Troy, sparked by #76 sophomore Kaitlyn Christian's smooth 6-1, 6-1 win over Pascale Neubert on court four. Freshman Gabriella DeSimone followed suit with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Rabea Stueckemann at the No. 5 spot to set up Santamaria's winner on three. At the top spot, #15 freshman Zoë Scandalis got tangled up with Julia Metzger early in the second set, but stuck to her guns and wound up leaving Metzger out of reach as Scandalis won the last three games for a 6-2, 6-3 win that made it 5-0 Trojans. Meanwhile, on court six, senior Alison Ramos got up a break midway through her second set with Oregon's Lana Buttner and then held serve in a long game to create some extra space. Ramos would hold strong and close out a 6-3, 6-3 win from her No. 6 position, with Lao finishing off the action minutes later on court two.
In the double battle to start the day, courts two and three wrapped up almost simultaneously as the Women of Troy captured the first point of the match on an 8-2 win from #52 Pulido/Scandalis and an 8-3 victory by Lao/Ramos. That left the No. 1 doubles match stretching into a tiebreaker after USC's #2 Christian/Santamaria fought out of a 5-7 hole to extend the match by evening the score 7-7. In the tiebreaker, however, Oregon's Neubert/Steuckemann worked their way ahead and pulled off the upset with an 8-7 (4) victory that rolled the match over into the singles section.
Gallien entered this 2012 season with a USC record of 285-125 (not including matches later vacated per NCAA penalty issued in 2009 due to ineligible player). Today's win moves that overall mark at Troy to 300-127 as he continues in his 17th season with the Women of Troy.
USC now puts its six-match win streak and undefeated start to Pac-12 play up against No. 48 Washington tomorrow (March 31) in a 12 p.m. match against the Huskies at Marks Stadium.
#4 USC 7, Oregon 0