Women's Tennis
    USC’s Failla & Katz Take Rebel Invite Doubles Title

    Zoë Katz had a strong outing in Las Vegas in reaching a singles final and winning the doubles title.
    Nov. 15, 2015

    LAS VEGAS — USC freshman Jessica Failla and junior Zoë Katz claimed the doubles title out at the Rebel Tennis Invitational in Las Vegas, while also adding to their resumes with appearances in the singles finals in their respective flights.  

    Teamed up for doubles action, Failla and Katz took a strong stand in their opening match, topping Oklahoma’s Fotopoulos/Miyazaki with a solid 8-3 decision to move into the semis. There, the two Trojans had to squeeze by host UNLV’s Artiga/Zhu with an 8-7 decision, before putting on the afterburners for the title match. In today’s doubles final, Failla/Katz drummed up an 8-3 win over LSU’s Foster/Golovin to stake their claim on the crown.

    In singles, Failla and Katz each set up camp in different singles draws. Both would make their ways into the title match. In the #1 draw, Katz pinned up straight sets over LSU’s Skylar Holloway and Baylor’s highly touted #25 Blair Shankle to move into the championship bout. There, the USC junior would face off against Oklahoma’s Yuriko Miyazaki and wound up in an all-out battle for the crown. After trading the first two sets, Miyazaki managed the win with a third-set tiebreaker to claim a 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 victory over Katz.

    In the #2 singles bracket, freshman Failla continued to impress, opening up with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Marta Tavares of Idaho. In the semifinal round next, Failla shrugged off a first-set loss to beat out Baylor’s Elizabeth Profit with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 comeback effort. In the final, however, Failla saw Texas A&M’s #31 Saska Gavrilovska make her comeback push to post a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Failla and take the title in that one.

    Complete USC results at the Rebel Tennis Women’s Invitational are below.

    REBEL TENNIS WOMEN’S INVITATIONAL (Las Vegas, Nev.)

    DOUBLES
    Quarterfinals - Nov. 13
    Failla/Katz (USC) def. Fotopoulos/Miyazaki (OKLA) - 8-3

    Semifinals - Nov. 14
    Failla/Katz (USC) def. Artiga/Zhu (UNLV) - 8-7

    Championship - Nov. 15
    Failla/Katz (USC) def. Foster/Golovin (LSU) - 8-3

    #1 SINGLES DRAW
    Quarterfinals - Nov. 13
    #114 Zoë Katz (USC) def. Skylar Holloway (LSU) - 6-3, 6-3

    Semifinals - Nov. 14
    #114 Zoë Katz (USC) def. #25 Blair Shankle (BAY) - 6-3, 6-4

    Championship - Nov. 15
    #108 Yuriko Miyazaki (OKLA) def. #114 Zoë Katz (USC) - 6-2, 2-6, 7-6

    #2 SINGLES 
    DRAW
    Quarterfinals - Nov. 13
    Jessica Failla (USC) def. Marta Tavares (IDAHO) - 6-2, 6-4

    Semifinals - Nov. 14
    Jessica Failla (USC) def. Elizabeth Profit (BAY) - 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

    Championship - Nov. 15
    #31 Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU) def. Jessica Failla (USC) - 2-6, 6-2, 6-2

    #4 SINGLES 
    DRAW
    Quarterfinals - Nov. 13
    Mia King (TCU) def. #61 Meredith Xepoleas (USC) - 6-3, 7-5

    #4 SINGLES CONSOLATION 
    DRAW
    Consolation Semifinal - Nov. 14
    Claire Yang (IDAHO) def. #61 Meredith Xepoleas (USC) - 6-4, 1-6, 7-5

    Added Match - Nov. 15
    Lucia Badillos (IDAHO) def. #61 Meredith Xepoleas (USC) - 7-5, ret.