No. 13 USC Women Get In Gear For 4-0 Sweep Of Arizona
April 12, 2014
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 13 USC women's tennis team reigned supreme for another winning weekend at Marks Stadium, finishing off its final regular-season home stand with a 4-0 sweep of visiting No. 25 Arizona today. The clincher once again came from Zoë Scandalis on court one, where the #26 ranked junior manufactured comebacks in both sets en route to a straight-set victory that wrapped up today's action. The win improves USC's overall record to 16-6 overall while pumping up its Pac-12 record to 7-2 with one match to go in the regular season.
USC's doubles duos were on point again today, finding their winning touch with strong performances down the line. At the top spot, Kaitlyn Christian and Zoë Scandalis paired well together once again for an 8-2 win over Arizona's Marker/Stubbe. The Trojans were poised for victory at both the No. 2 and No. 3 slots later, but it was Brynn Boren and Giuliana Olmos who hit the finish line first with an 8-4 finish of Austin/Smyth on court two to secure the doubles point for USC and suspend Gabriella DeSimone and Zoë Katz' match with the two Women of Troy holding a 7-2 lead on James/McRann.
In singles play, the Women of Troy stated their case early in snagging the first sets on all but one court. Two Trojans slammed their foot on the gas from there. On court four, Gabriella DeSimone steamrolled Akilah James with a 6-1, 6-1 victory that took USC to a 2-0 lead. Over on court five, #76 Giuliana Olmos won the first nine games of her matchup with Shayne Austin before pulling off her 6-0, 6-2 win to take the Trojans to a 3-0 advantage.
Things tightened up on the remaining courts after that, though. Third sets popped up on courts two and six, although Brynn Boren was able to regain control in her third set at the No. 2 spot against Kim Stubbe. While she was closing in on victory, Zoë Scandalis got down to business on court one. The #26 junior had trailed 1-4 in the first set before taking it 7-5, and she had again fallen in a 1-4 hole in the second. Undeterred, Scandalis charged on and finished off the match with a 7-5, 6-4 clincher over Arizona's #60 Lacey Smyth to make it a 4-0 final.
The Women of Troy will finish off the regular season with a trip to Westwood, where USC will tangle with crosstown rival UCLA on Friday (April 18). Doubles play will begin at 12:30 p.m., and singles play will start at 2 p.m. along with the Pac-12 Network broadcast of that portion of the match.
#13 USC 4, #25 Arizona 0