Women's Tennis
    Failla & Smith Forge Paths To Singles Semis At ITA Women’s Southwest Regionals

    Gabby Smith is geared up for a singles semifinal bout against the draw's top seed.
    Oct. 17, 2015

    SAN DIEGO, CALIF. — USC sophomore Gabby Smith and freshman Jessica Failla kept up their heads of steam in singles play at the ITA Wouthwest Regionals. Although both bowed out of their respective Round of 16 doubles matches today in the action in San Diego, the two Trojans were all business in singles. So far, Smith has not surrendered a single set to her opponents as she now sets up for a semifinal bout tomorrow on the opposite side of the draw from teammate Failla. The freshman has gone three sets only once in her path to tomorrow’s semifinals. 

    Both Women of Troy had just one singles match apiece to deal with today. Both served up strong straight-set wins in their respective quarterfinal affairs. Smith was the more powerful of the two, delivering a 6-1, 6-3 loss to No. 14 seeded Tamitha Nguyen of San Diego State. That win puts Smith in a semifinal bout against top-seeded Catherine Harrison of UCLA tomorrow at 12 p.m.

    Failla, meanwhile, was up against Pepperdine’s Dzina Milovanovic in her quarterfinal matchup, and the new Trojan took out her foe with a 7-5, 6-2 decision that propels her into tomorrow’s semis against No. 10 seed Luisa Stefani of Pepperdine. 

    In doubles play today, USC had three pairs in action for the Round of 16, but all three — Alex Letzt & Smith, Failla & Rianna Valdes, and Zoë Katz and Madison Westby — would be knocked out in today’s doubles competition. 

    For complete USC results from the action in San Diego, see below.

    ITA WOMEN’S SOUTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (San Diego, Calif.)

    SINGLES
    First Round - Oct. 15
    Kinga Gartner (ARIZ) def. Kristen Venter (USC) - 6-0, 6-0
    [5] #61 Meredith Xepoleas (USC) - bye
    [4] #59 Gabby Smith (USC) - bye
    [8] #114 Zoë Katz (USC) - bye
    [11] Rianna Valdes (USC) - bye
    [16] Jessica Failla (USC) - bye
    Alex Letzt (USC) def. Kennedy Davis (SDSU) - 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
    [2] #36 Madison Westby (USC) - bye

    Round of 64 - Oct. 15
    Amanda Atansson (UCSB) vs. [5] #61 Meredith Xepoleas (USC) - w/o
    [4] #59 Gabby Smith (USC) def. Stefani Stojic (UCSB) - 6-4, 6-4
    [8] #114 Zoë Katz (USC) def. Kristine Kouyoumija (LMU) - 6-2, 6-3
    [11] Rianna Valdes (USC) def. Maria Deleval (GCU) - 6-0, 6-2
    [16] Jessica Failla (USC) def. Alzbeta Houbova (UH) - 6-4, 6-0
    Camille Deleon (CSF) def. Alex Letzt (USC) - 6-4, 7-6 (3)
    [2] #36 Madison Westby (USC) def. Kristin Wiley (UCLA) - 6-7, 6-4, 6-0

    Round of 32 - Oct. 16
    [4] #59 Gabby Smith (USC) def. Chloe Pham (UCR) - 6-4, 6-0
    [8] #114 Zoë Katz (USC) def. Kyla Jarrar (UCSB) - 6-2, 6-2
    Dzina Milovanovic (PEP) def. [11] Rianna Valdes (USC) - 6-3, 0-6, 6-2
    [16] Jessica Failla (USC) def. Kristen Poei (CSUN) - 6-2, 6-1
    [2] #36 Madison Westby (USC) def. Christine Maddoz (PEP) - 7-5, 6-3

     
    Round of 16 - Oct. 16
    [4] #59 Gabby Smith (USC) def. [9] Jessica Perez (LMU) - 6-4, 6-4
    [14] Tamitha Nguyen (SDSU) def. [8] #114 Zoë Katz (USC) - 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
    [16] Jessica Failla (USC) def. [3] Lauren Marker (ARIZ) - 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (1)
    [10] Luisa Stefani (PEP) def. [2] #36 Madison Westby (USC) - 6-2, 6-1

    Quarterfinals - Oct. 17
    [4] #59 Gabby Smith (USC) def. [14] Tamitha Nguyen (SDSU) - 6-1, 6-4
    [16] Jessica Failla (USC) def. Dzina Milovanovic (PEP) - 7-5, 6-2

    Semifinals - Oct. 18
    [4] #59 Gabby Smith (USC) vs. [1] Catherine Harrison (UCLA) - 12 p.m.
    [16] Jessica Failla (USC) vs. [10] Luisa Stefani (PEP) - 1 p.m.

    DOUBLES
    First Round - Oct. 15
    Letzt/Smith (USC) - bye
    [3] Failla/Valdes (USC) - bye
    [2] #30 Katz/Westby (USC) - bye

    Round of 32 - Oct. 16
    Letzt/Smith (USC) def. Chow/Oppinger (USD) - 8-4
    [3] Failla/Valdes (USC) def. Majendie/Rush (USD) - w/o
    [2] #30 Katz/Westby (USC) def. MAkiba/Nuno (CSF) - 8-3

    Round of 16 - Oct. 17
    [1] Cutura/Maddoz (PEP) def. Letzt/Smith (USC) - 8-1
    Adler/Atansson (UCSB) def. [3] Failla/Valdes (USC) - w/o
    Hsu/Poei (CSUN) def. [2] #30 Katz/Westby (USC) - 8-3