Women's Tennis
    USC Women Sweep Into Round of 16 All-American Action
    #11 Danielle Lao took down the nation's #12 player today in singles play.
    #11 Danielle Lao took down the nation's #12 player today in singles play.

    Oct. 4, 2012

    PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIF. -- The USC women's tennis team flexed some serious singles muscle today in the first round of Riviera/ITA All-American Championship play in Pacific Palisades, Calif. A trio of highly ranked Trojans -- No. 4 seed Zoë Scandalis, No. 5 Sabrina Santamaria and No. 8 Danielle Lao -- cruised through their opening opponents today to move into tomorrow's singles Round of 16.

    Scandalis and Santamaria mirrored each other's scores in pinning up 6-1, 6-1 wins each today. Lao wasn't far off that mark with her 6-3, 6-3 win against a highly ranked opponent, as the #11 Lao blasted Northwestern's #12 Kate Turvy.

    On the doubles side, top-seeded Trojan tandem Kaitlyn Christian and Santamaria earned a bye for the first round for a ticket to the Round of 16. Qualifiers Gabriella DeSimone and Scandalis, meanwhile, had a tough draw in today's first round and fell 8-2 to a pair from Alabama. Complete USC results from the ITA All-American Championships are below.

    Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)

    MAIN DRAW SINGLES (Riviera Tennis Club)
    First Round - Oct. 4
    #7 [4] Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. Ema Burgic (BAY) -- 6-1, 6-1
    #8 [5] Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. #24 Lauren McHale (UNC) -- 6-1, 6-1
    #11 [8] Danielle Lao (USC) def. #12 Kate Turvy (NW) -- 6-3, 6-3
    Round of 16 - Oct. 5
    #7 [4] Zoë Scandalis (USC) vs. #96 Nicole Bartnik (COL) -- 10:45 a.m.
    #8 [5] Sabrina Santamaria (USC) vs. #18 Brynn Boren (TENN) -- 10:45 a.m.
    #11 [8] Danielle Lao (USC) vs. Ecaterina Vasenina (USF) -- 10:45 a.m.
    MAIN DRAW DOUBLES (Riviera Tennis Club)
    Round of 32 - Oct. 4
    #1 [1] Christian/Santamaria (USC) -- bye
    Guarachi/Macfarlane (ALA) def. DeSimone/Scandalis (USC) -- 8-2
    Round of 16 - Oct. 5
    #1 [1] Christian/Santamaria (USC) vs. #14 Narattana/Rose (OKST) -- 
    PREQUALIFYING SINGLES (Westwood, Calif.)
    First Round - Sept. 29
    Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. #120 Julia Fellerhoff (Louisville) -- 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4
    Second Round - Sept. 29
    Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Michaela Bezdickova (New Mexico) -- 1-6, 6-1, 6-2
    Third Round - Sept. 30
    Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Daneika Borthwick (Florida State) -- 6-2, 6-2
    QUALIFYING SINGLES (Riviera Tennis Club)
    First Round - Oct. 2
    #37 [12] Maho Kowase (UGA) def. Gabriella DeSimone (USC) -- 6-1, 6-2
    Kaitlyn Christian (USC) def. Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) -- 6-3, 6-2
    Second Round - Oct. 2
    #85 Elizabeth Epstein (YALE) def. Kaitlyn Christian (USC) -- 6-3, 6-2
    QUALIFYING DOUBLES (Riviera Tennis Club)
    First Round - Oct. 2
    DeSimone/Scandalis (USC) def. Jones/Stephens (OLE) -- 8-2
    #28 [7] Bonacic/Niedermayerova (KSt) def. Lao/Pulido (USC) -- 8-1
    Second Round - Oct. 3
    DeSimone/Scandalis (USC) def. #30 Fuller/Herring (UGA) -- 8-3
    Third Round - Oct. 3
    DeSimone/Scandalis (USC) def. #41 Nauta/Xi (UVA) -- 8-6
    CONSOLATION MATCHES
    Lao/Pulido (USC) def. Bergner/Rath (DU) -- 8-1
    #44 Mary Clayton (Duke) def. Gabriella DeSimone (USC) -- 6-2, 6-0