Women's Tennis
    No. 5 USC Women Strike Down Sun Devils To Stay Perfect In Pac-12 Play
    Senior captain Danielle Lao struck the winning blow for USC from court two.
    Senior captain Danielle Lao struck the winning blow for USC from court two.

    April 5, 2013

    TEMPE, ARIZ. -- The No. 5 USC women's tennis team forged a clearer path toward a perfect Pac-12 season in taking out the only other undefeated conference team with today's 7-0 sweep of host No. 22 Arizona State. With their 10th straight victory -- this one clinched by senior Danielle Lao -- the Women of Troy improve to 18-2 overall and 7-0 in conference play.

    The tone was set in today's sweep with the No. 3 doubles pairing of Olmos/Yates, who cruised through Panoho/Smith with an 8-1 win. On court two, USC's #36 DeSimone/Scandalis pinned up the doubles point by pulling off an 8-6 win over ASU's #62 Krawczyk/Sahagun, and USC was off to the races.

    Freshman Ellie Yates and sophomore Giuliana Olmos would continue on their path of productivity in singles. Yates rolled up a smooth 6-3, 6-0 win over Ebony Panoho for a 2-0 USC advantage, and Olmos drained a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Joanna Smith to pump the Trojans up to a 3-0 lead. The nail in the match was pounded by USC senior Danielle Lao. The #7 Lao tacked up a near-perfect 6-0, 6-1 win over #106 Deisrae Krawczyk to secure that 10th consecutive win for the Trojans and put them in closer reach of a Pac-12 title.

    Three more matches were underway in the singles realm and those, too, were dominated by the Women of Troy. #2 Sabrina Santamaria secured her 18th straight singles win on a 6-3, 6-3 takedown of #23 Jacqueline Cako, and her fellow sophomores Zoë Scandalis and Gabriella DeSimone followed suit with straight-set wins. #27 Scandalis beat Leighann Sahagun 6-2, 6-1 from court three, and #70 DeSimone captured a 6-2, 6-1 win over Hannah James to put the finishing touches on the 7-0 sweep for the Trojans.



    USC now heads to Tucson to take on No. 74 Arizona in a 12 p.m. match on Saturday (April 6).

    #5 USC 7, #22 Arizona State 0
    April 5, 2013 - Tempe, Ariz.
    (1) Lao/Santamaria (USC) vs. #40 Cako/Smith (ASU) - 6-5 susp.
    (2) #36 DeSimone/Scandalis def. #62 Krawczyk/Sahagun (ASU) - 8-6
    (3) Olmos/Yates (USC) def. Panoho/Smith (ASU) - 8-1
    USC wins doubles point.
    Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
    (1) #2 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. #23 Jacqueline Cako (ASU) - 6-3, 6-3
    (2) #7 Danielle Lao (USC) def. #106 Deisrae Krawczyk (ASU) - 6-0, 6-1*
    (3) #27 Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. Leighann Sahagun (ASU) - 6-2, 6-1
    (4) #70 Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Hannah James (ASU) - 6-2, 6-1
    (5) #116 Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. Joanna Smith (ASU) - 6-1, 6-3
    (6) Ellie Yates (USC) def. Ebony Panoho (ASU) - 6-3, 6-0
    Order of finish: 6, 5, 2*, 1, 3, 4