Women's Tennis
    Women of Troy Open Season on Positive Note at UNLV Invitational

    Junior Madison Westby placed first in her draw at the UNLV Invitational.
    Sept. 26, 2016

    LOS ANGELES - USC opened the fall season with a positive showing at the UNLV Invitational over the weekend (Sept. 23-25). Competitors from Long Beach State, UNLV, South Alabama, Northern Arizona, Washington State and Fresno State joined the Trojans in Las Vegas, Nev. at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on UNLV’s campus for the tournament.

    Junior No. 88 Madison Westby and freshman Angela Kulikov each won their respective draws and went undefeated in singles play. Wetbsy defeated Fresno State’s Emma Wilson 7-6, 6-4 in her final match, while Kulikov claimed first place over UNLV’s Cristina Moroi with a decisive 6-0, 6-4 score. Senior Zoë Katz made it to the final of her draw, but lost to UNLV’s Carol Yang 6-3, 6-2. Junior No. 93 Gabby Smith and sophomore No. 97 Jessica Failla competed in the same draw, where they each went undefeated and were scheduled to face off in the final match, however the match was not played. After going 1-1 in singles play, sophomore No. 83 Rianna Valdes’ third place match against Fresno State’s Juliane Triebe was not played. USC’s Kristen Venter lost her quarterfinal match versus UNLV’s Jovana Kenic 6-3, 6-0 and competed in consolation play, where she went 0-2 on the weekend.

    In doubles play, the No. 33 duo of Zoë Katz/Gabby Smith sailed through their bracket going undefeated and met up in the final with their fellow Trojan pair of Jessica Failla/Rianna Valdes, who also won every match in their bracket. Their final match was not played. However, Katz/Smith were scheduled an extra match in another draw against Northern Arizona’s Lewandowska/Walker which they seized with 8-1 victory.


     

     

    The Trojans will continue fall tournament play when they compete in the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships next week (Oct. 1-9) in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

    Day 1 (Sept. 23)

    Singles

    Quarterfinals

    #93 Gabby Smith (USC) def. Alexandra Stiteler (USA) 6-3,6-2
    #97 Jessica Failla (USC) def. Hanneke Lodewijks (NAU) 6-1, 6-3
    Zoe Katz (USC) def. Julie Gerard (LBSU) 6-0, 7-5
    #88 Madison Westby (USC) def. Laura Eales (LBSU) 6-1, 6-0
    #83 Rianna Valdes (USC) def. Victoria Matejevis (WSU) 6-2, 6-1
    Angela Kulikov (USC) def. Olivia Noble (Fresno State) 6-0, 6-1
    Jovana Kenic (UNLV) def. Kristen Venter (USC) 6-3, 6-0

    Doubles

    Quarterfinals

    #33 Zoe Katz/Gabby Smith (USC) def. Barbora Michalkova/Aneta Miksovsak(WSU) 8-6
    Rianna Valdes/Jessica Failla (USC) def. Hayley Thompson/Lena Pacholski(LBSU) 8-4
    Angela Kulikov/Madison Westby (USC) def. Mercedes Lopez/Cristina Moroi (UNLV) 8-5

    Day 2 (Sept. 24)

    Singles

    Semifinals

    #93 Gabby Smith (USC) def. Katerina Stloukalova (Fresno State) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
    #97 Jessica Failla (USC) def. #71 Maeva Razakasoa (LBSU) 6-2, 6-2
    Zoe Katz (USC) def. Aneta Miksovska(WSU) 7-6, 6-4
    #88 Madison Westby (USC) def. Juliane Triebe (Fresno St.) 6-4, 6-3
    Emma Wilson (Fresno St.) def. #83 Rianna Valdes (USC) 6-2, 6-3
    Angela Kulikov (USC) def. Maren Helgo (LBSU) def. 6-1, 6-2

    Consolation

    Blanka Szavay (NAU) def. Kristen Venter (USC) 6-0, 6-0

    Doubles

    Semifinals

    #33 Zoe Katz/Gabby Smith (USC) def. Blanka Szavay/Hanneke Lodewijks (NAU) 8-1
    Rianna Valdes/Jessica Failla (USC) def. Carol Yang/Aiwen Zhu (UNLV) 8-5
    Angela Kulikov/Madison Westby (USC) def. Emma Wilson/Juliane Triebe (Fresno St.) 8-2

    Day 3 (Sept. 25)

    Singles

    Finals

    #88 Madison Westby (USC) def. Emma Wilson (Fresno St.) 7-6, 6-4
    Angela Kulikov (USC) def. Cristina Moroi (UNLV) 6-0, 6-4
    #103 Carol Yang (UNLV) def. Zoe Katz (USC) 6-3, 6-2
    #93 Gabby Smith (USC) vs. #97 Jessica Failla (USC) Not played

    Third Place Match

    Juliane Triebe (Fresno St.) vs. #83 Rianna Valdes (USC) Not played

    Seventh Place Match

    Abbey Watanabe (Fresno St.) vs. Kristen Venter (USC) Not played

    Doubles

    Finals

    #33 Zoë Katz/Gabby Smith (USC) vs. Rianna Valdes/Jessica Failla (USC) Not played
    Maeva Razakasoa/Julie Gerard (LBSU) def. Angela Kulikov/Madison Westby (USC) 8-6
    #33 Zoë Katz/Gabby Smith (USC) def. Brandy Walker/Marta Lewandowska (NAU) 8-1