Women's Tennis
    USC Freshmen Leap To ITA Singles Semis

    Sabrina Santamaria is bound for singles and doubles semis tomorrow.

    Oct. 22, 2011

    SAN DIEGO, CALIF. - USC's newcomers played like collegiate veterans today in their first venture into the depths of the ITA Women's Southwest Regional Championships. Freshman Zoe Scandalis came up with a big comeback win over teammate Danielle Lao in her quarterfinal bout today, and Sabrina Santamaria upended the No. 2 seed in the tourney to advance to tomorrow's semifinals in San Diego, Calif. Santamaria will have double duty tomorrow, with a doubles semifinal clash set alongside teammate Kaitlyn Christian after the freshman-sophomore pair snagged two wins today in doubles play.

    A bigtime Trojan clash came up early today as top-seeded defending champion Danielle Lao squared off against No. 10 seeded Zoe Scandalis in a quarterfinal matchup. Lao grabbed the first set, but Scandalis shrugged off the advantage by her junior teammate and wound up fighting back for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win to jump the freshman into a semifinal slot against Long Beach State's No. 11 seed Anais Dallara. Meanwhile, another USC freshman was performing some heroics against another high seed. Sabrina Santamaria squared off against No. 2 seeded McCall Jones of UCLA, and the Trojan had no qualms in taking a quick lead against the Bruin. Santamaria tacked up a 6-1, 7-5 win to put the freshman up against No. 8 seed Natasha Marks of Arizona in tomorrow's semis.

    Complete USC results are below:

     

     

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

    SINGLES
    First Round -- Oct. 20
    [1] Danielle Lao (USC) -- bye
    [10] Zoe Scandalis (USC) -- bye
    Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Jennifer Sher (CSUN) -- 6-4, 6-3
    Sabrina Santamaria (USC) -- bye
    [5] Kaitlyn Christian (USC) -- bye
    [13] Alison Ramos (USC) -- bye

    Round of 64 -- Oct. 20
    [1] Danielle Lao (USC) def. Miya Jin (LMU) -- 6-1, 6-0
    [10] Zoe Scandalis (USC) def. Laura Antonana (SDSU) -- 6-0, 6-2
    Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Hailey Johnson (ARIZ) -- 6-2, 6-1
    Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. Idil Haciafoglu (USD) -- 6-4, 6-1
    [5] Kaitlyn Christian (USC) def. Natalie McKay (UCR) -- 6-0, 6-0
    [13] Alison Ramos (USC) def. Martina Kostalova (UH) -- 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

    Round of 32 -- Oct. 21
    [1] Danielle Lao (USC) def. Hannah James (ASU) -- 6-2, 6-1
    Zoe Scandalis (USC) def. Laura Bernard (LBSU) -- 6-2, 6-3
    [11] Anais Dallara (LBSU) def. Gabriella DeSimone (USC) -- 6-0, 6-3
    Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. [9] Michelle Brycki (ASU) -- 6-1, 6-3
    Alejandra Granillo (PEP) def. [5] Kaitlyn Christian (USC) -- 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-2
    Natalia Lozano (UCSB) def. Alison Ramos (USC) 6-3, 6-3

    Round of 16 -- Oct. 21
    [1] Danielle Lao (USC) def. Skylar Morton (UCLA) -- 6-2, 6-1
    [10] Zoe Scandalis (USC) def. Issara Khunpak (PEP) -- 6-0, 6-0
    Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. Alejandra Granillo (PEP) -- 6-1, 7-5

    Quarterfinals -- Oct. 22
    [10] Zoe Scandalis (USC) def. [1] Danielle Lao (USC) -- 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
    Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. [2] McCall Jones (UCLA) -- 6-1, 7-5

    Semifinals -- Oct. 23
    [10] Zoe Scandalis (USC) vs. [11] Anais Dallara (LBSU) -- 9 a.m.
    Sabrina Santamaria (USC) vs. [8] Natasha Marks (ARIZ) -- 9 a.m.

    DOUBLES
    Round of 64 -- Oct. 20
    [12] DeSimone/Lao (USC) -- bye
    [9] Ramos/Scandalis (USC) -- bye
    [2] Christian/Santamaria (USC) -- bye

    Round of 32 -- Oct. 21
    Cantlay/Luzar (LBSU) def. [12] DeSimone/Lao (USC) -- 9-7
    [9] Ramos/Scandalis (USC) def. Meehan/Scatliffe (UCSB) -- 8-4
    [2] Christian/Santamaria (USC) def. Dockendorf/Lozano (UCSB) -- 8-3

    Round of 16 -- Oct. 22
    Coupez/Hoffpauir (USD) def. [9] Ramos/Scandalis (USC) -- w/o (inj)
    [2] Christian/Santamaria (USC) def. Sahagun/Simmons (ASU) -- 8-1

    Quarterfinals -- Oct. 23
    [2] Christian/Santamaria (USC) vs. Man-Son-Hing/Sher (CSUN) -- 8-6

    Semifinals -- Oct. 24
    [2] Christian/Santamaria (USC) vs. TBA -- 11:30 a.m.