USC’s Jessica Failla Wins Gold Ball At USTA Winter Nationals|
Jan. 5, 2016
USC freshman Jessica Failla not only enters 2016 ranked No. 76 in the land in singles and No. 13 in doubles as a Trojan, she has also proven her national worth outside of the collegiate courts this winter. Failla most recently claimed the singles championship at the USTA Girls 18s Winter National Championships, winning the gold ball as she now heads into her first spring with the Women of Troy.
Failla was the No. 9 seed in the singles draw at the Winter Nationals in Scottsdale, Ariz. She’d pin up straight-set victories in all but one match, having gone three sets before registering victory in the Round of 32. In the title match, Failla would deliver a smooth 6-3, 6-1 win over No. 12 seeded Alyvia Jones to claim the junior-level national championship and capture the gold ball at the event on Jan. 2.
Failla also picked up a singles title at a women’s open tournament in December. Playing at the iTennis Whittier Women’s Open before the holidays, Failla worked her way to that crown as well.
In all, it’s been a good past few months for Failla. During her first action as a Trojan back in October, she reached the singles semifinals of the ITA Southwest Regional Championships. In doubles, she also shined alongside sophomore Gabby Smith, as the pair rolled through prequalifying and qualifying for a spot in the main draw of the prestigious Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.