Women of Troy Continue ITA Southwest Regional Domination|
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.)
Round of 64 - Oct. 16
Round of 32 - Oct. 17
Round of 16 - Oct. 17
Quarterfinals - Oct. 18
Round of 32 - Oct. 17
Round of 16 - Oct. 18