Women's Tennis
    Katz Earns Place in ITA Southwest Regional Singles Final

    Oct. 23, 2016

    SAN DIEGO - USC senior Zoë Katz forged a path to the championship match of the ITA Southwest Regionals as she upset Pepperdine’s No. 123 Dzina Milovanovic 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4 in her semifinal match today (Oct. 23). Tomorrow (Oct. 24), Katz will take on Pepperdine’s Ashley Lahey in the final, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. PT.

    Sophomore Jessica Failla also made an impressive singles run as she defeated opponents from UC Santa Barbara, Hawai’i and UCLA. Failla made her way to the semifinal match where she fell to Pepperdine’s Lahey 6-4, 7-5. This is the second time that Failla has competed in the singles semifinal at the ITA Southwest Regional as she fell to Pepperdine’s Luisa Stefani in 2015.

    Fellow teammates sophomore No. 83 Rianna Valdes and junior No. 88 Madison Westby wrapped up their weekend of competition in the Round of 16. Valdes swiftly defeated her competition in the Rounds of 64 and 32, but was overtaken by Pepperdine’s No. 123 Milovanovic 6-2, 6-1. Meanwhile, after two decisive victories, Westby lost to UCLA’s Jada Hart 6-2, 6-4, who would go on to be beaten by USC’s Failla in the quarterfinals.

    Freshman Angela Kulikov wrapped up singles competition in the Round of 32, and sophomore Kristen Venter fell in the Round of 64.

    In doubles action, UC Santa Barbara’s Dubavets/Stojic defeated the Trojan duo of Kulikov/Westby in the Round of 16 and fellow USC pair Failla/Valdes in the quarterfinal 8-6.

    For complete results of USC’s action at the ITA Southwest Regional, see below.

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

    SINGLES

    First Round - Oct. 20
    [12] Zoë Katz (USC) - bye
    Kristen Venter (USC) - bye
    Angela Kulivkov (USC) - bye
    [5] #83 Rianna Valdes (USC) - bye
    [7] #97 Jessica Failla (USC) - bye
    [4] #88 Madison Westby (USC) - bye

    Round of 64 - Oct. 20
    [12] Zoë Katz (USC) def. Jessica Regehr (USD) - 6-4, 6-2
    Taylor Lederman (SDSU) def. Kristen Venter (USC) - 6-0, 6-1
    Angela Kulikov (USC) def. Ki Kim (CSUN) - 6-3, 6-1
    [5] #83 Rianna Valdes (USC) def. Gemma Garcia (USD) - 6-2, 6-2
    [7] Jessica Failla (USC) def. McKenzie Majerle (UCSB) - 6-0, 6-2
    [4] #88 Madison Westby (USC) def. Mickey HSU (CSUN) - 6-4, 6-1

    Round of 32 - Oct. 21
    [12] Zoë Katz (USC) def. Hayley Thompson (LBSU) - 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
    [10] #123 Dzina Milovanovic (Pepp.) def. Angela Kulikov (USC) - 6-1, 7-6 (3)
    [5] Rianna Valdes (USC) def. Jessica Perez (LMU) - 6-3, 7-5
    [7] #97 Jessica Failla (USC) def. Nikola Dolakova (Hawai'i) - 6-0, 6-1
    [4] #88 Madison Westby (USC) def. Jaimee Gilbertson (UCSB) - 6-2, 6-4

    Round of 16 - Oct. 21
    [12] Zoë Katz (USC) def. Elisa Elhadj (CSUN) - 3-6, 6-3 ret. (inj.)
    [10] #123 Dzina Milovanovic (Pepp.) def. [5] #83 Rianna Valdes (USC) 6-2, 6-1
    [7] #97 Jessica Failla (USC) def. [11] Alaina Miller (UCLA) - 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
    Jada Hart (UCLA) def. [4] #88 Madison Westby (USC) - 6-2, 6-4

    Quarterfinal - Oct. 22
    [12] Zoë Katz (USC) def. [1] Lauren Marker (Arizona) - 4-1 ret. (inj.)
    [7] Jessica Failla (USC) def. Jada Hart (UCLA) - 6-3, 6-1

    Semifinal - Oct. 23
    [12] Zoë Katz (USC) def. [10] #123 Dzina Milovanovic (Pepp.) - 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4
    [6] Ashley Lahey (Pepp.) def. [7] #97 Jessica Failla (USC) - 6-4, 7-5

    DOUBLES

    Round of 64 - Oct. 20
    Kulikov/Westby (USC) - bye
    [6] Failla/Valdes (USC) - bye

    Round of 32 - Oct. 21
    Kulikov/Westby (USC) def. Van Aelst/Westbrooks (Arizona) - 8-7
    [6] Failla/Valdes (USC) def. Perez/Romeka (LMU) - 8-6

    Round of 16 - Oct. 22
    [1] Dubavets/Stojie (UCSB) def. Kulikov/Westby (USC) - 8-2
    [6] Failla/Valdes (USC) def. Fleming/Miller (UCLA) - 8-7

    Quarterfinal - Oct. 22
    [1] Dubavets/Stojic (UCSB) def. [6] Failla/Valdes (USC) - 8-6