No. 4 USC Women Fall 4-2 At Stanford
April 13, 2012
STANFORD, CALIF. -- The No. 4 USC women's tennis team put a stop to Stanford's shutout streak but was unable to tarnish the Cardinal's undefeated 2012 record, falling 4-2 to No. 6 Stanford today at Taube Stadium. Doubles play was postponed due to weather, and the Cardinal were able to net the win from the singles courts when #3 Nicole Gibbs pulled out the clincher over USC's #20 Zoë Scandalis on court one in a real battle between two of the nation's best. Sabrina Santamaria and Alison Ramos both notched wins for the Trojans on the day. The loss stops a nine-match win streak held by the Women of Troy, who move to 18-2 overall and 7-1 in Pac-12 play, while Stanford improves to 16-0, 7-0.
The Women of Troy received gutsy efforts down the line, but the first Trojan to make her move was #33 freshman Sabrina Santamaria. Santamaria had fallen behind 5-2 in her first set with Stanford's #52 Stacey Tan, but promptly remedied her situation and rattled off wins in the next five games to claim the first set 7-5. She would be the only Trojan to win her first set, and would go on to register USC's first point of the match with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Tan. That victory had answered a tough 6-0, 6-1 loss by USC's #87 sophomore Kaitlyn Christian to Stanford's #57 Ellen Tsay on court four, locking up the match 1-1. Meanwhile, on court two, USC's #23 junior Danielle Lao had her hands full with Stanford's #7 Mallory Burdette. Lao would put up a fight, but wound up with a 6-3, 6-1 loss to her top-10 opponent to take just her second dual-match loss of the year as the Cardinal moved ahead 2-1.
At the No. 5 spot, freshman Gabriella DeSimone was unable to get a leg up in her matchup with Veronica Li, and Stanford took a 3-1 lead with Li's 7-5, 6-2 win. A bit later, #20 Zoë Scandalis' battle with #3 Nicole Gibbs was stymied after Gibbs stole momentum with a winning push for the first-set tiebreaker. Gibbs held tough in the second, and clinched the match for Stanford with her 7-6 (4), 6-2 win over Scandalis. That left senior Alison Ramos raging with Natalie Dillon on court six. Ramos hit a rough patch in her first set, coming up empty to put a long road ahead of her. She proved up to the challenge. In the second, Ramos battled her way into a tiebreaker, and held her own to win and force a third set. There, Ramos kept charging and wrapped up her win with a strong 0-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 comeback to close down the day at Stanford.
The USC women now look to get back in win mode when they head to Berkeley tomorrow (April 14) for a clash with No. 10 California at 12 p.m. for a Pac-12 showdown that can keep USC within reach of a share of the conference title.
#6 Stanford 4, #4 USC 2