Full Slate Of Semifinals Set For Women of Troy
Oct. 5, 2012
PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIF. -- The USC women's tennis team is in good position for title runs at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships with two singles semifinalists and top-ranked Christian/Santamaria in line for the doubles semis tomorrow in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
In a busy day of competition for the Women of Troy, two Trojan singles players pinned up a pair of wins to jump from the morning's Round of 16 to tomorrow's semifinals. Although No. 5 seed Sabrina Santamaria was tripped up in the Round of 16, No. 4 seeded Trojan Zoë Scandalis fought back for a Round of 16 win to move on against Stanford's Krista Hardebeck in the afternoon's Quarterfinals. There, Scandalis shrugged off a tight first set to power on to a 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (0) decision that scores the sophomore a spot in the semifinals tomorrow. In the opposite semi, another Trojan sits, as senior No. 8 seed Danielle Lao advanced to the quarters and cruised past Georgia's Maho Kowase with a 6-2, 6-3 win for advancement. Scandalis will face a tough qualifier from Virginia in Julia Elbaba, and Lao is up against No. 3 seeded Lauren Embree of Florida.
In the doubles scene, USC's top-seeded Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria topped an Illinois pair in the Round of 16 to square off against a No. 4 seeded Bruin pair tomorrow in the semifinals. That crosstown clash is set for 1:30 p.m. at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades.
Complete USC results from the ITA All-American Championships are below.
MAIN DRAW SINGLES (Riviera Tennis Club)
Round of 16 - Oct. 5
#7  Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. #96 Nicole Bartnik (COL) -- 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
#18 Brynn Boren (TENN) def. #8  Sabrina Santamaria (USC) -- 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-3
#11  Danielle Lao (USC) def. Ecaterina Vasenina (USF) -- 5-2 ret. (inj.)
MAIN DRAW DOUBLES (Riviera Tennis Club)
Round of 16 - Oct. 4
Quarterfinals - Oct. 5
Semifinals - Oct. 5
MAIN DRAW CONSOLATION MATCHES
PREQUALIFYING SINGLES (Westwood, Calif.)
Second Round - Oct. 2
QUALIFYING DOUBLES (Riviera Tennis Club)
Second Round - Oct. 3
Third Round - Oct. 3
QUALIFYING CONSOLATION MATCHES