No. 4 USC Women Serve Up Another Shutout|
March 31, 2012
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 4 USC women's tennis team rolled out to its fourth straight shutout win with a rain-interrupted 7-0 sweep of No. 48 Washington today at Marks Stadium. The dominating victory keeps the Women of Troy with an unblemished Pac-12 record, now 5-0 on the year to go along with a 16-2 overall record.
Rain stymied doubles play temporarily, halting action midway through the matches before clear skies returned to Troy. Warmed up by the sunlight, USC's #2 Christian/Santamaria charged to an 8-3 win over Gregoire/Smith on court one, and #52 Pulido/Scandalis matched that effort with an 8-3 win of their own over Coronel/Lukac at the No. 2 spot. That left USC's Lao/Ramos getting down to business on court three and having to pull out a tiebreaker to notch their seventh straight win together on an 8-7 (6) decision over Nemcevic/Shimizu.
With the rain blown out of the skies for singles, the Women of Troy got to work on piecing together yet another Pac-12 sweep. #22 junior Danielle Lao got the first lift of the stretch when Washington's Samantha Smith retired from their No. 2 singles match with Lao leading 5-0. USC's 2-0 lead then grew to a 3-0 advantage on #36 Sabrina Santamaria's 6-1, 6-3 victory over Capucine Gregoire on court three. That one was quickly followed by the clincher from court four, where #76 sophomore Kaitlyn Christian overwhelmed Julija Lukac 6-1, 6-1 to lock the Trojans in with the win.
USC wasn't done yet, however. Freshman Gabriella DeSimone wrapped up Riko Shimizu with a 6-1, 6-3 win at the No. 5 spot to make it 5-0 Trojans. On the opposite end of Marks Stadium, junior Valeria Pulido was cruising to victory on court six with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Capucine Coronel to net USC a 6-0 advantage in the match. That left court one still going. #15 freshman Zoë Scandalis fought off Husky Andjela Nemcevic with a hold and a break to pull ahead 5-3 before the two traded breaks in the final two games as Scandalis pinned up the 6-3, 6-4 win that topped off the 7-0 sweep for the Trojans.
USC remains at home on the hunt for more Pac-12 wins next week. The Trojans will host Arizona in a 1:30 p.m. match on Friday (April 6) and then take on Arizona State at 12 p.m. on Saturday (April 7) at Marks Stadium in a continuation of conference competition.
#4 USC 7, #48 Washington 0