Women's Tennis
    Trojans Take Spots For Pac-12 Finals

    USC's Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian are loiking for another upset win tomorrow in the doubles final.

    April 28, 2012

    OJAI, CALIF. - USC's No. 3 seeded doubles duo of Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria are taking aim at a Pac-12 title tomorrow after a winning day in doubles territory. The Trojans go up against the top seeds in the Pac-12 Doubles Championship match tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. in Ojai, Calif. Meanwhile, it'll be an all-Trojan title match in the Pac-12 Invitational Singles draw tomorrow between USC freshman Gabriella DeSimone and junior Valeria Pulido.

    Pulido dropped her first set of the tournament in a tiebreaker but bounced right back in her semifinal match to punch her ticket to the invitational final with a 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-3 dominant comeback against ASU's Leighann Sahagun. On the other side of the bracket, DeSimone kept her slate clean with another straight-set win, topping Arizona's Sarah Landsman with a smooth 6-2, 6-2 win to take her place in the final against teammate Pulido.

    Third-seeded Christian/Santamaria tacked up two solid wins today, first dropping an Oregon pair 8-2 in the quarterfinals before serving up a dominating 8-1 win over No. 2 seeded Goransson/Schutting of Cal in the semifinals. Fellow Trojan team Valeria Pulido / Zoe Scandalis scooted into the semis when injury took out their quarterfinal opponents from UCLA. Up against top-seeded Burdette/Gibbs of Stanford in the semis, Pulido/Scandalis fell in that one to come up one match short of a potential all-Trojan doubles final. USC's Danielle Lao / Alison Ramos were upended in the quarterfinals by the Cal pair Goransson/Schutting.

     

     

    Sophomore Christian already has experience in the conference finals scene, having reached the Pac-10 doubles final last season as a freshman with teammate Maria Sanchez.

    Complete USC results in Ojai are below.

    PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES
    Round of 16 - Friday, April 27
    [3] #4 Christian/Santamaria (USC) def. Anderson/van Nguyen (UCLA) - 9-7
    #54 Pulido/Scandalis (USC) def. Nemcevic/Shimizu (WASH) - 8-1
    Lao/Ramos (USC) def. #34 Marks/Smyth (ARIZ) - 9-7

    Quarterfinals - Saturday, April 28
    [3] #4 Christian/Santamaria (USC) def. Hager/Skowronski (ORE) - 8-2
    #54 Pulido/Scandalis (USC) def. [4] #9 Dolehide/Montez (UCLA) - w/o (inj.)
    [2] #5 Goransson/Schutting (CAL) def Lao/Ramos (USC) - 9-8

    Semifinals - Saturday, April 28
    [3] #4 Christian/Santamaria (USC) def. [2] #5 Goransson/Schutting (CAL) - 8-1
    [1] Burdette/Gibbs (STAN) def. #54 Pulido/Scandalis (USC) - 8-3

    Championship - Sunday, April 29
    [3] #4 Christian/Santamaria (USC) vs. [1] Burdette/Gibbs (STAN) - 12:30 p.m.

    PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES
    Round of 32 -- Thursday, April 26
    [6] #13 Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. Samantha Smith (WASH) -- 6-4, 6-2
    Patricia Skowronski (ORE) def. #72 Kaitlyn Christian (USC) -- 7-6 (3), 6-0
    [8] #28 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. Sarah Pham (UTAH) -- 6-0, 6-2
    [7] #17 Danielle Lao (USC) def. Julyette Steur (COLO) -- 6-2, 7-5

    Round of 16 - Friday, April 27
    [6] #13 Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. #52 Anastasia Putilina (UTAH) - 6-1, 6-3
    #83 Annie Goransson (CALdef. [8] #28 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) - 6-2, 7-5
    #96 Anett Schutting (CAL) def. [7] #17 Danielle Lao (USC) - 6-3, 6-3

    Quarterfinals - Saturday, April 28
    #57 Stacey Tan (STAN) def. [6] #13 Zoë Scandalis (USC) - 6-4, 6-4

    PAC-12 INVITATIONAL SINGLES
    Round of 32 -- Thursday, April 26
    Alison Ramos (USC) def. Amelia Herring (STAN) -- 6-1, 6-1
    [8] Valeria Pulido (USC) def. Stephany Chang (CAL) -- 6-0, 6-0
    Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. [2] Courtney Dolehide (UCLA) -- 6-4, 6-3

    Round of 16 - Friday, April 27
    [3] Julija Lukac (WASH) def. Alison Ramos (USC) - 6-3, 6-4
    [8] Valeria Pulido (USC) def. Debora Castany (ARIZ) - 6-0, 6-1
    Gabriella DeSimone (USC)def. Sofia Hager (ORE) - 6-3, 6-3

    Quarterfinals - Friday, April 27
    [8] Valeria Pulido (USC) def. Olga Musilovich (WSU) - 6-4, 6-2
    Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. [7] Charlotte Koning (WSU) - 6-2, 6-3

    Semifinals - Saturday, April 28
    [8] Valeria Pulido (USC) def. [8] Leighann Sahagun (ASU) - 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-3
    Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. [5] Sarah Landsman (ARIZ) - 6-2, 6-2

    Championship - Sunday, April 28
    [8] Valeria Pulido (USC) vs. Gabriella DeSimone (USC) - 8 a.m.