USC Advances To NCAA Round Of 16 After Win Over Vanderbilt
May 12, 2012
No. 5 seed USC defeated Vanderbilt, 4-1, in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship at USC's Marks Stadium on Saturday (May 12).
USC, ranked fourth in the nation, improved to 22-3 while Vanderbilt finished the season at 17-8. The Trojans move onto the round of 16 beginning May 17 in Athens, Ga.
Troy won the doubles point thanks to wins at courts 1 and 3. The Trojans' No. 3 doubles tandem of Danielle Lao and Alison Ramos dispatched Vanderbilt's Nelly Radeva and Megan Gornet, 8-2, but the Commodores evened things at No. 2 doubles when Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares downed USC's Valeria Pulido and Zoe Scandalis, 8-6.
USC's No. 1 doubles team of Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria led 6-3 before seeing the gap squeezed to 7-6. With Santamaria serving, the Trojans appeared to clinch the doubles match at 40-30, but a hindrance call was ruled against USC after the point, evening the game at deuce. After two more deuces, however, the Trojans clinched the doubles match on Santamaria's fifth game point to put USC ahead 1-0.
Pulido quickly gave USC a 2-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-0 dismissal of Gornet at No. 6 singles, but the Commodores pulled to within one as Casares took care of Santamaria in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
Lao gave the Trojans a 3-1 lead with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Mira at No. 2 singles in a convincing effort.
The remaining matches were tight affairs. At No. 1 singles, USC's Scandalis came back from a 2-5 first-set deficit to win a tiebreak at 7-5 over Wu. At No. 5 singles, Radeva dropped the first set, 6-2, but evened her match with USC's DeSimone with a 6-4 second set win. Similarly, USC's Christian had dropped the first set at No. 4 singles, 6-3, before winning the second set at 6-3.
As Scandalis opened a 4-1 second-set lead over Wu at No. 1 and as DeSimone battled Radeva in the third set, it was Christian who sent USC to Georgia by finishing off Vanderbilt's Antal at 6-1 in the third.
USC 4, Vanderbilt 1
USC wins doubles point.