Top-Ranked Trojans Take Down No. 23 ASU 5-2|
April 4, 2015
TEMPE, ARIZ. -- The No. 1 USC women's tennis team dropped a rare doubles point but was undeterred in charging along to victory on the road, grabbing a 5-2 win over No. 23 host Arizona State. The Trojans responded with three straight singles wins to snag the lead, and Giuliana Olmos would come up with the clincher from court two, serving up a straight-set win that lodged another victory into the win column for USC. The Women of Troy are now 18-2 overall and a perfect 7-0 in Pac-12 play with today's comeback win -- USC's eighth consecutive victory.
USC's freshman doubles sensations of Gabby Smith and Madison Westby kept their winning groove going with an 8-6 win from court three, but the Sun Devils would answer back. ASU would snag the doubles point after an 8-6 win on court two and then the decider on court one as #36 Krawczyk/Vlad topped USC's Katz/Santamaria 8-5.
The Trojans would regroup and manufacture a winning response thanks to a momentum shift sparked by a perfect performance from #65 Gabby Smith. The freshman would silence her ASU opponent Leighann Sahagun 6-0, 6-0 from court five, and USC was duly charged up. At the No. 3 spot, #49 senior Zoë Scandalis answered the call and pounded out a 2-1 lead for the Trojans on her 6-1, 6-4 win over Kassidy Jump next. Then, #73 freshman Madison Westby kept her winning run rolling right along as she served up a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Joanna Smith on court four, and the Trojans were enjoying a 3-1 advantage.
ASU fired back when #45 Desirae Krawczyk managed a 6-3, 6-4 win over USC's #20 Sabrina Santamaria on court one, but #11 Trojan Giuliana Olmos was waiting in the wings to hammer out the clincher for USC. Olmos fended off ASU's Stephani Vlad on court two for a 6-2, 7-5 win that secured victory for the Women of Troy, now up 4-2 on the Sun Devils. Play would continue, and freshman #64 Meredith Xepoleas was up to the task. She'd buckle down in her 10-point tiebreaker to decide her match on court six, beating out Ebony Panoho with a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 1-0 (10-2) comeback that wrapped the day as a 5-2 USC victory.
The Women of Troy return home to continue their bid for a perfect Pac-12 campaign, hosting Utah in a 1:30 p.m. match on Friday (April 10) and then taking on Colorado at 12 p.m. on Saturday (April 11) at Marks Stadium.
#1 USC 5, #23 Arizona State 2