Women's Tennis
    Women of Troy Continue ITA Southwest Regional Domination

    Freshman Meredith Xepoleas upset the No. 3 seed today to take a singles quarterfinal spot.
    Oct. 17, 2014

    SAN DIEGO, CALIF. -- USC women's tennis is in all-out battle mode at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships. Today was nearly another clean sweep of matches in both realms, as the Women of Troy won every singles and doubles Round of 32 match before going on to force five players on through to tomorrow's singles quarterfinals. For all their winning ways, the Trojans are now forced to knock each other off, with two all-Trojan quarterfinal bouts set for tomorrow at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

    Top-seeded Zoë Scandalis is the only Trojan safe from having to face her own teammate tomorrow. With two powerful wins by the senior today, she'll move cleanly into the quarterfinals to face UCLA's Kaitlin Ray tomorrow. Fellow Women of Troy Meredith Xepoleas, Zoë Katz, Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith also cruised on through two rounds of victories today -- all in straight sets aside from Katz' three-set battle in the Round of 16. Two USC freshmen dealt out impressive upsets in their journeys today, with Xepoleas shocking the No. 3 seeded Kyle McPhillips of UCLA 6-3, 6-1 and Smith knocking off another Bruin in a 6-2, 6-4 decision over No. 5 seeded Catherine Harrison. For their efforts, each freshmen will go up against an elder Trojan teammate tomorrow in the quarterfinals. Xepoleas squares off against Katz, while Smith tangles with Olmos.

    That one also presents a battle between doubles partners as well. Before they do battle in singles, Olmos and Smith will pair up in the morning for a Round of 16 doubles match after their win together today in the Round of 32. Xepoleas will pair back up with senior Gabriella DeSimone, who split her singles matches today, for their Round of 16 doubles match thanks to a morning win, too. And No. 2 seeded Katz/Scandalis join forces in doubles as Katz looks to fight back to a repeat trip to the title match. That pairing posted an 8-2 win in the Round of 32 today to move on.

     

     

    Complete USC results and schedule at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships are listed below.

    2014 ITA SOUTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Barnes Tennis Center - San Diego, Calif.)

    SINGLES
    First Round - Oct. 16
    [1] #15 Zoë Scandalis (USC) - bye
    [11] Meredith Xepoleas (USC) - bye
    [7] #59 Zoë Katz (USC) - bye
    [10] Gabby Smith (USC) - bye
    [4] #38 Giuliana Olmos (USC) - bye
    [9] #106 Gabriella DeSimone (USC) - bye

    Round of 64 - Oct. 16
    [1] #15 Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. Rebecca Faltusz (UH) - 6-0, 6-3
    [11] Meredith Xepoleas (USC) def. Natalie Da Silveira (UCSB) - 7-5, 2-6, 6-1
    [7] #59 Zoë Katz (USC) def. Emilia Burkowski (CSF) - 6-2, 6-1
    [10] Gabby Smith (USC) def. Karolina Rozenberg (LBSU) - 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
    [4] #38 Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. Tatum Prudhomme (GC) - 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (2)
    [9] #106 Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Hailey Johnson (SDSU) - 6-0, 6-1

    Round of 32 - Oct. 17
    [1] #15 Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. Jessica Perez (LMU) - 6-3, 6-3
    [11] Meredith Xepoleas (USC) def. Criss Rodriguez (CSUN) - 6-2, 6-1
    [7] #59 Zoë Katz (USC) def. Drew Spinosa (USD) - 6-4, 6-1
    [10] Gabby Smith (USC) def. Martina Kostalova (UH) - 6-2, 6-4
    [4] #38 Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. Terri Fleming (UCLA) - 6-1, 6-1
    [9] #106 Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Apichaya Runglerdkriangrai (PEP) - 6-2, 6-4

    Round of 16 - Oct. 17
    [1] #15 Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. [16] Kristin Buth (SDSU) - 6-3, 6-2
    [11] Meredith Xepoleas (USC) def. [3] Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) - 6-3, 6-1
    [7] #59 Zoë Katz (USC) def. [14] Maeva Razakasoa (LBSU) - 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
    [10] Gabby Smith (USC) def. [5] Catherine Harrison (UCLA) - 6-2, 6-4
    [4] #38 Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. Marta Stojanovic (USD) - 6-2, 6-2
    [8] Cindy Nguyen (UH) def. [9] #106 Gabriella DeSimone (USC) - 7-5, 6-2

    Quarterfinals - Oct. 18
    [1] #15 Zoë Scandalis (USC) vs. [12] Kaitlin Ray (UCLA) - 12:30 p.m.
    [11] Meredith Xepoleas (USC) vs. [7] #59 Zoë Katz (USC) - 12:30 p.m.
    [10] Gabby Smith (USC) vs. [4] #38 Giuliana Olmos (USC) - 12:30 p.m.

    DOUBLES
    Round of 64 - Oct. 16
    DeSimone/Xepoleas (USC) - bye
    [4] Olmos/Smith (USC) - bye
    [2] Katz/Scandalis (USC) - bye

    Round of 32 - Oct. 17
    DeSimone/Xepoleas (USC) def. Gong/Watrous (UCI) - 8-2
    [4] Olmos/Smith (USC) def. Pham/Valenzuela (CSF) - 8-4
    [2] Katz/Scandalis (USC) def. Koleta/Morkel-Brink (USD) - 8-2

    Round of 16 - Oct. 18
    DeSimone/Xepoleas (USC) vs. [8] Gerard/Rozenberg (LBSU) - 8:30 a.m.
    [4] Olmos/Smith (USC) vs. Facey/Ladhani (UCI) - 8:30 a.m.
    [2] Katz/Scandalis (USC) vs. Mueller/Perez (LMU) - 8:30 a.m.