Women's Tennis
    Failla, Smith Wrap ITA Southwest Regional Runs In Singles Semifinals

    Gabby Smith fell to the top seed in the ITA Southwest Regional singles semis.
    Oct. 18, 2015

    SAN DIEGO, CALIF. — USC’s young guns saw their singles runs at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships come to a close in today’s semifinals. Freshman Jessica Failla and sophomore Gabby Smith both impressed at the tourney with their deep runs before falling to higher seeded opponents today in San Diego. 

    Freshman Failla had surrendered only a single set in her journey to the singles semifinals, where she’d go up against No. 10 seed Luisa Stefani of Pepperdine. Stefani had already proved her power with an upset of No. 2 seeded Trojan Madison Westby earlier in the draw, and Stefani was a tough contender again as she managed a 7-5, 6-3 win over Failla in today’s semifinals. 

    The relative veteran of the bunch, sophomore Smith had rolled through straight-set victories all the way into today’s semifinal bout. The No. 4 seed in the draw, Smith was up against top-seeded Catherine Harrison of UCLA in the semis. The #22 Bruin was able to fend off the Trojan, notching a place in a final with her 7-5, 6-4 win over #59 Smith.

    The semifinal defeats brought the USC women’s action at the ITA Southwest Regionals to a close. 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 Maddox (PEP) - 7-5, 6-3

     
    Round of 16 - Oct. 16
    [4] #59 Gabby Smith (USC) def. [9] #123 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] #43 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
    [1] #22 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) def. [4] #59 Gabby Smith (USC) - 7-5, 6-4
    [10] Luisa Stefani (PEP) def. [16] Jessica Failla (USC) - 7-5, 6-3

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


    Quarterfinals - Oct. 17
    [7] Gulbe/Milovanovic (PEP) def. [2] #30 Katz/Westby (USC) - 8-5