No. 4 USC Wins Big With 4-3 Victory Over Cal|
April 14, 2012
BERKELEY, CALIF. -- Just a day after the No. 10 California women's tennis team handed top-ranked UCLA its first loss of the year, the No. 4 USC women made a statement of their own with a 4-3 victory over the Bears in Berkeley. USC's response to a 5-2 win to Stanford on Friday was a gutsy performance against the Bears today to get a big lift in Pac-12 play. USC improves to 19-3 overall with the win, and goes to 8-1 in Pac-12 action. Cal is now 16-5, 8-1.
The Trojans opened today's contest with Cal with a slip-up in doubles, netting the first win of the day on Danielle Lao and Alison Ramos' 8-3 win at the No. 3 position over Davis/Estlander. But the Bears would answer with an 8-5 win by #15 Goransson/Schutting over #51 Pulido/Scandalis on court two, and then #43 Juricova/Susanyi topped USC's #7 Christian/Santamaria 8-4 on court one to wrap up the doubles point for host Cal.
USC freshman #20 Zoe Scandalis went up against her second top-10 opponent of the trip, facing defending NCAA champ #8 Jana Juricova and falling 6-0, 6-1 as Cal took a 2-0 lead on the Women of Troy. #33 freshman Sabrina Santamaria kicked back for the Trojans, however, notching a 6-0, 6-4 win over #81 Anett Schutting to tack up USC's first point of the match and breathing new life into the Trojan cause. #87 Kaitlyn Christian answered the call next by upsetting #55 Tayler Davis 7-6 (3), 6-3 on court three, and USC had it locked up 2-2. #23 junior Danielle Lao shoved the Trojans into the lead with another nice upset win, beating out #12 Zsofi Susanyi 6-2, 7-5 to make it a 3-2 Trojan advantage. USC's Valeria Pulido would make sure that there would be no cliffhangers that day. From her No. 6 spot, the junior clinched the win on a 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 win over Alice Durenteau before Cal's #99 Annie Goransson got the 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over USC freshman Gabriella DeSimone, and USC's 4-3 win over the Bears was in the books.
USC will wrap up Pac-12 play and the regular season with a trip to Westwood next week, visiting crosstown rival UCLA at 3 p.m. on Friday (April 20. That match could well be the Pac-12 championship decider, as the Bruins beat Stanford today to make it a three-way tie at 8-1 in conference play between USC, UCLA and Cal, with Stanford at 7-1.
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