Women's Tennis
    Women of Troy To Fight For Pac-12 Invitational Titles

    Meredith Xepoleas is on a 16-match singles win streak!
    April 25, 2015

    OJAI, CALIF. -- USC women's tennis has a chance to sweep the invitational title at the Pac-12 Women's Championships in Ojai. The Trojans had two players in opposite semifinals on the championship side to go along with semifinalists in singles and doubles in the invitational brackets. At the end of the day, USC's invitational representatives won the day. Freshman Meredith Xepoleas kept her streak alive, winning her 16th straight singles match to stake a claim on tomorrow's invitational title match. In invitational doubles, USC's Gabriella DeSimone and Zoë Katz zipped past the No. 2 seeds in that draw to punch a ticket to that final.

    In the championship singles draw, USC had Giuliana Olmos and Zoë Scandalis on opposite sides of the bracket, with both powering up for semifinal spots today. Top-seeded Olmos was up against No. 4 seeded Karla Fabikova of Cal in her semifinal bout, and Fabikova was up to the challenge. She pinned up a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Olmos to move into the title match. In the other semi, Zoë Scandalis was up against UCLA's Catherine Harrison. Scandalis would get injured during the match, though, and was forced to retire from the match, missing a chance at a repeat trip to the singles final.

    In her invitational semifinal, No. 2 seeded Meredith Xepoleas breezed through another opponent. The latest victim in Xepoleas' journey was No. 7 seeded Joanna Smith of ASU. Xepoleas zipped through to a 6-2, 6-2 win -- her fourth straight-set win of the tourney. That win puts her up against UCLA's Terri Fleming tomorrow in the title match.

     

     

    Similarly strong in the invitational draw is USC doubles duo Gabriella DeSimone and Zoë Katz, seeded No. 4. DeSimone/Katz surrendered only a single game today, beating the No. 2 seeded Cheng/Richter of Stanford 8-1 to move on. The Trojans will face Washington's Gregoire/Shimizu tomorrow in the doubles final.

    Complete USC results and schedule from Ojai is below.

    2015 PAC-12 WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS (Ojai, Calif.)

    Pac-12 Tennis Championship Central

    PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES
    Round of 32 - Thursday, April 23
    #14 [1] Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. Jena Cheng (UTAH) - 6-0, 6-3
    Donika Bashota (WSU) def. #55 [1] Madison Westby (USC) - 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
    #21 [3] Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. Elizaveta Luzina (WSU) - 6-3, 6-4
    #45 Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. Tina Bokhua (COLO) - 6-3, 7-5

    Round of 16 - Thursday, April 23
    #14 [1] Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. #109 Krista Hardebeck (STAN) - 7-6, 6-2
    #67 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) def. #21 [3] Sabrina Santamaria (USC) - 6-2, 6-4
    #45 Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. #41 Zsofi Susanyi (CAL) - 6-3, 6-4

    Quarterfinals - Friday, April 24
    #14 [1] Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. #31 [6] Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
    #45 Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. #18 [2] Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) - 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

    Semifinals - Saturday, April 25
    #25 [4] Karla Fabikova (CAL) def. #14 [1] Giuliana Olmos (USC) - 6-1, 6-2
    #67 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) def. #45 Zoë Scandalis (USC) - ret. (injury)

    PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES
    Round of 16 - Friday, April 24
    #20 Olmos/Scandalis (USC) def. Steur/Tiefel (COLO) - 8-3
    Austin/Preston (ARIZ) def. Smith/Westby (USC) - 8-5

    Quarterfinals - Friday, April 24
    #2 [1] Davidson/Zhao (STAN) def. #20 Olmos/Scandalis (USC) - 8-3

    PAC-12 INVITATIONAL SINGLES
    Round of 32 - Thursday, April 23
    #85 [3] Gabby Smith (USC) def. Stephane Lin (CAL) - 6-0, 6-1
    #84 [2] Meredith Xepoleas (USC) def. Lindsey Kostas (STAN) - 6-3, 6-4
    Zoë Katz (USC) def. Kyra Wojcik (COLO) - 6-3, 7-5

    Round of 16 - Thursday, April 23
    #85 [3] Gabby Smith (USC) def. Marlou Kluiving (ORE) - 6-3, 7-5
    #84 [2] Meredith Xepoleas (USC) def. Gussie O'Sullivan (ASU) - 6-0, 6-2
    Zoë Katz (USC) def. #92 [4] Karla Popovic (CAL) - 6-2, 6-3

    Quarterfinals - Friday, April 24
    Terri Fleming (UCLA) def. #85 [3] Gabby Smith (USC) - 7-6 (1), 6-4
    #84 [2] Meredith Xepoleas (USC) def. Alexandra Aiello (COLO) - 6-2, 6-0
    [7] Joanna Smith (ASU) def. Zoë Katz (USC) - 5-7, 6-2, 6-3

    Semifinals - Saturday, April 25
    #84 [2] Meredith Xepoleas (USC) def. [7] Joanna Smith (ASU) - 6-2, 6-2

    Championship - Sunday, April 26
    #84 [2] Meredith Xepoleas (USC) vs. Terri Fleming (UCLA) - 8 a.m.

    PAC-12 INVITATIONAL DOUBLES
    Round of 16 - Friday, April 24
    #36 [4] DeSimone/Katz (USC) def. Najera-Salas/Rosa (UTAH) - 8-2

    Quarterfinals - Friday, April 24
    #36 [4] DeSimone/Katz (USC) def. Kostas/Tan (STAN) - 8-0

    Semifinals - Saturday, April 25
    #36 [4] DeSimone/Katz (USC) def. [2] Cheng/Richter (STAN) - 8-1

    Championship - Sunday, April 26
    #36 [4] DeSimone/Katz (USC) vs. Gregoire/Shimizu (WASH) - 11 a.m.