Women's Tennis
    Giuliana Olmos & Gabby Smith Grab Another Doubles Crown

    Gabby Smith and Giuliana Olmos have won another tournament doubles title together!
    Nov. 3, 2014

    PALOS VERDES, CALIF. -- USC's Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith combined to great success once again in the doubles realm, as the junior-freshman combo pack fought through to another doubles title over the weekend. Playing at the Jack Kramer Club Invitational, the Women of Troy proved powerful across the board. Olmos also worked her way to the singles final, while also pairing with Smith in the doubles title match. There, Olmos/Smith had to square off against their own teammates, facing Trojan seniors Gabriella DeSimone and Zoë Scandalis for the championship. In the end, Olmos/Smith grabbed the win, marking the pair's second straight title following a run to the ITA Southwest Regional Championship just two weeks ago.

    USC had four singles players in the draw, led by top-seeded Giuliana Olmos. She and her doubles partner, freshman Gabby Smith, both worked their ways into the Round of 16 with a winning start in their respective singles runs. Zoë Katz and Gabriella DeSimone both stumbled in their first-round matches. Olmos had to fight through a three-setter in the Round of 32, but did so with plenty of flair as she shut out Tulsa's Mahitha Dadireddy in the last two sets for a decisive 3-6, 6-0, 6-0 comeback. In the Round of 16, Smith was upended by #61 Joana Vale Costa of LSU. Olmos, meanwhile, cruised through her next three opponents in straight sets, leading up to a powerful 6-2, 6-0 semifinal win over LSU's Abby Owens. That put Olmos up against Vale Costa herself, and the Tiger proved tough indeed. Olmos took the first set, but Vale Costa snagged the next in a tiebreaker and would take that momentum on to the title with a final 2-6, 7-6, 6-0 decision over Olmos in the title match.

     

     

    USC had three doubles duos in the mix in that draw. Regional champs Olmos and Smith were tabbed as the top seed, while DeSimone/Scandalis snagged the No. 3 seed. Ranked #23 in the nation, Zoë Katz and Madison Westby were unseeded, but were more than up to the task. All three pairs drilled their ways into the semifinals, where Olmos/Smith advanced to the final by walkover while it was an all-Trojan semifinal on the other side of the draw. It was the all-senior tandem of DeSimone/Scandalis that prevailed over their younger teammates Katz/Westby, notching an 8-3 decision to meet more teammates in the final. In the championship bout, Olmos/Smith pulled off another title with an 8-5 win over DeSimone/Scandalis to wrap the tourney at the Jack Kramer Club in Palos Verdes, Calif.

    The Women of Troy will close down the fall tennis action this week with three players headed to New York for the ITA National Indoor Championships. Olmos and Scandalis will be entered in the singles draw, and Olmos/Smith are all set for competition in doubles play.

    Complete USC results from the Jack Kramer Club are below.

    JACK KRAMER CLUB INVITATIONAL - Palos Verdes, Calif.

    SINGLES
    Round of 64 - Oct. 31
    [1] #38 Giuliana Olmos (USC) - bye
    Eva Paalma (TAMU) def. #59 Zoë Katz (USC) - 6-1, 6-7, 6-2
    Gabby Smith (USC) def. Renata Kuricova (TULSA) - 6-1, 7-6
    Dobby Leenabanchong (TULSA) def. #106 Gabriella DeSimone (USC) - 6-4, 7-5

    Round of 32 - Oct. 31
    [1] #38 Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. Mahitha Dadireddy (TULSA) - 3-6, 6-0, 6-0
    Gabby Smith (USC) def. [4] #37 Kiah Generette (BAY) - 6-1, 6-3

    Round of 16 - Nov. 1
    [1] #38 Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. Skyler Holloway (LSU) - 7-6, 6-3
    #61 Joana Vale Costa (LSU) def. Gabby Smith (USC) - 7-6, 6-2

    Quarterfinals - Nov. 1
    [1] #38 Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. Marcelina Cichon (TULSA) - 6-1, 6-2

    Semifinals - Nov. 2
    [1] Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. Abby Owens (LSU) - 6-2, 6-0

    Championship - Nov. 2
    #61 Joana Vale Costa (LSU) def. [1] #38 Giuliana Olmos (USC) - 2-6, 7-6, 6-0

    CONSOLATION SINGLES
    #59 Zoë Katz (USC) def. Luisa Ortiz (UCSB) - 6-3, 6-0

    DOUBLES
    Round of 32 - Oct. 31
    [1] Olmos/Smith (USC) - bye
    [3] DeSimone/Scandalis (USC) - bye
    #23 Katz/Westby (USC) def. Blecher/Oppinger (USD) - 8-6

    Round of 16 - Oct. 31
    [1] Olmos/Smith (USC) def. Candido/Gilbertson (UCSB) - 8-2
    [3] DeSimone/Scandalis (USC) def. Kuricova/Saarteinen (TULSA) - 8-4
    #23 Katz/Westby (USC) def. [8] Generette/James-Baker (BAY) - 8-5

    Quarterfinals - Nov. 1
    [1] Olmos/Smith (USC) def. Maddox/Runglerdkriankrai (PEP) - 8-4
    [3] DeSimone/Scandalis (USC) def. Capannolo/Feneridis (PEP) - 8-2
    #23 Katz/Westby (USC) def. [2] Bhosale/Deheza (TAMU) - w/o (inj)

    Semifinals - Nov. 1
    [1] Olmos/Smith (USC) def. [5] Gavrilovska/Paalma (TAMU) - w/o
    [3] DeSimone/Scandalis (USC) def. #23 Katz/Westby (USC) 8-3

    Championship - Nov. 2
    [1] Olmos/Smith (USC) def. [3] DeSimone/Scandalis (USC) - 8-5