No. 15 USC Women Fight Through Michigan Into NCAA Round of 16
May 10, 2014
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 15 USC women's tennis team took on Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament today at Marks Stadium, fighting for the right to advance to Athens, Ga., for the NCAA Round of 16 and beyond. The Trojans lost the doubles point but battled through singles matches to win 4-2, improving to 18-7 overall with that ticket to Georgia tucked under their caps.
In the first doubles match to finish, #18 Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender retired USC's Pac-12 Doubles Champions Kaitlyn Christian and Giuliana Olmos 8-5. The doubles point was then clinched on court two, where Sarah Lee and Amy Zhu defeated Brynn Boren and Zoe Scandalis 8-5, suspending play to bring up singles action.
In singles, the Trojans won four out of five matches to clinch the match. First, Michigan's #112 Sarah Lee defeated #118 Gabriella DeSimone 6-2, 6-2 on court four, putting USC in a 2-0 hole. USC was up to the challenge, however, winning the next four singles matches to power past the visiting Wolverines and on to victory. #60 Guiliana Olmos turned the tide in the match in winning the next one, topping Brooke Bolender 6-0, 6-3 on court three.
At the No. 1 spot, USC's #19 Zoë Scandalis came up big, dealing out a decisive upset of Michigan's #9 Emina Bektas with a 7-5, 6-4 decision that tied things up 2-2. Next, senior Kaitlyn Christian rallied out of reach of #117 Amy Zhu on court five, taking a 7-5, 6-1 victory to hand USC a 3-2 lead. To clinch the fourth point for the Women of Troy, #92 Zoë Katz defeated Laura Ucros 6-3, 7-5 on court six, putting an end to action and punching USC's ticket to Athens.
The Trojans will now go to take on top-seeded host Georgia in the NCAA Round of 16 at in Athens, Georgia, on May 15 at 4 p.m. ET.
#15 USC 4, #17 Michigan 2