Women's Tennis
    Katz Falls in ITA Southwest Regional Final

    Oct. 24, 2016

    SAN DIEGO - After making an impressive showing at the ITA Southwest Regionals in San Diego, USC senior Zoë Katz lost in the championship match to Pepperdine’s Ashley Lahey 6-2, 6-3 on Monday, Oct. 24.

    Throughout the tournament, 12th seeded Katz collected win after win to secure a place in the final match. In both the quarterfinal and semifinal, she upset higher seeded opponents to move forward in the draw as she defeated No. 1 seed Lauren Maker from Arizona in the quarters and No. 10 seed Dzina Milovanovic from Pepperdine in the semis.

    USC’s next action will take the team to two different tournaments during the same weekend. The ITA/USTA National Indoors will be held in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., while the Jack Kramer Invitational will take place in Palos Verdes, Calif. Both competitions will be held from Nov. 3 through Nov. 6.

    For complete results of USC’s action at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships, 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

    Final - Oct. 24
    [6] Ashley Lahey (Pepp.) def. Zoë Katz (USC) - 6-2, 6-3

    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