Women's Tennis
    No. 14 USC Women Pack Up For Pepperdine On Friday

    Freshmen Gabby Smith and Madison Westby take their first trip to Malibu with the Trojans this week.
    Jan. 28, 2015

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    THIS WEEK
    The No. 14 USC women's tennis team makes the trek to Malibu this week for a visit to Pepperdine. The Women of Troy will be facing the No. 30 Waves for the second time in a week, coming off a 4-0 win posted last weekend during the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Marks Stadium. Now, USC (3-0) will head to Pepperdine's home turf for a matchup at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 30).

    THE LAST MEETING
    Championship: USC def. Pepperdine 4-00
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    January 25, 2015
    Marks Stadium
    No. 14 USC Women Serve Up Another Shutout, Beating Pepperdine 4-0
    The No. 14 USC women's tennis team punched up a third consecutive shutout win and in doing so punched its ticket to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. A swift 4-0 takedown of No. 27 Pepperdine today at Marks Stadium registered the Women of Troy as the champs at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend to qualify for the national event taking place next month in Charlottesville, Va. USC improves to 3-0 overall with the victory over the Waves, with the clincher coming from senior Gabriella DeSimone today.

    LIVE SCORES AT PEPPERDINE

    ITA RANKINGS UPDATES
    The Women of Troy opened 2015 ranked No. 14 in the nation in the opening set of team rankings. Now, USC is still at No. 14 as of the latest national rankings (Jan. 28). Individually, a full lineup of Trojans are standing strong in the latest set of rankings (as of Jan. 6). At #41, junior Giuliana Olmos leads the way. Just below her are three more Trojans packed into the top-50. Senior All-American Zoë Scandalis ranks #44 in the nation. Freshman Madison Westby enjoys a #45 national rank as she starts her first spring as a Trojan, while fellow freshman Gabby Smith also stands out at #48 in the land. Senior Gabriella DeSimone ranks #98 in singles, followed by sophomore Zoë Katz at #119. In doubles, USC boasts the #14 pair in the land in Olmos/Scandalis. Olmos also stands ranked with another partner, as Olmos/Smith settle in at #31.

    SCOUTING PEPPERDINE
    The No. 30 Waves are 1-1 overall after beating Wichita State 4-3 and losing to USC 4-0 last week at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Pepperdine has #17 Lorraine Guillermo ranked nationally in singles and no ranked doubles teams. USC is 44-12 all-time against Pepperdine in a series dating back to 1977. That includes USC's 4-0 win over the Waves last weekend, along with a 5-2 win over Pepperdine from last season.

    ITA KICK-OFF WEEKEND RECAP
    The Women of Troy zapped their way through to a spot at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships with a dominating effort at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend last week. As hosts, USC had Denver, Wichita State and Pepperdine in town for the weekend's action, and the Trojans opened up against No. 69 Denver on Saturday. Against the Pioneers, USC got right to work in its first action at Marks Stadium this season, whipping up a smooth 4-0 win to advance to Sunday's championship match. USC's three freshmen -- Gabby Smith, Madison Westby and Meredith Xepoleas -- got to notch their first dual-match play on home courts in the win, and all three made their presence known. USC would snag the early advantage with a strong performance in the doubles realm. A senior-freshman combo pack of Gabriella DeSimone and Meredith Xepoleas grabbed the first win of the day with a 6-2 victory from the No. 3 spot. Court two was still tangled up while USC's experienced #14 pair of Giuliana Olmos and Zoë Scandalis shoved through for the decider on a 6-4 win on court one to pocket the first point for USC. The Women of Troy would win first sets down the line in singles action, with #41 Giuliana Olmos cruising to the finish line first with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Denver's Gracia Mboko on court two to make it 2-0 Trojans. Playing in her first-ever dual match as a Trojan, Meredith Xepoleas was ready to go. From her spot on court five, the freshman rolled to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Charlotte Derbyshire to pull her team within reach of victory, up 3-0 on the Pioneers. That set up fellow freshman #48 Gabby Smith for the clincher. She'd replicated Xepoleas' score in a win over Denver's Evy Van Genechten on court three, and that was a wrap for USC with the 4-0 win in the books. The clincher suspended the remaining singles matches with Women of Troy #44 Zoë Scandalis, #45 Madison Westby and #119 Zoë Katz all leading in their respective matches. The next day, USC punched up a third consecutive shutout win and in doing so punched its ticket to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. A swift 4-0 takedown of No. 27 Pepperdine registered the Women of Troy as the champs at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend to qualify for the national event taking place next month in Charlottesville, Va. USC made a quick push to the lead with two strong wins in the doubles realm. USC's #14 pair of Giuliana Olmos and Zoë Scandalis tacked up the opening win with a 6-1 victory on court one. On court two, USC's Zoë Katz and Sabrina Santamaria secured a 1-0 lead for the Trojans with a 6-3 victory there, and the teams were on to singles action. Senior Sabrina Santamaria hit her stride in singles with a dominating 6-1, 6-0 win over Michaela Capannolo on court four to take USC ahead 2-0. Next, it was freshman Meredith Xepoleas who rang up her second dual-match win on a similarly powerful 6-1, 6-1 decision over Pepperdine's Danielle Feneridis at the No. 6 spot, making it 3-0 USC with the finish line on the horizon. Coming in with the clincher from court five was senior #98 Gabriella DeSimone. She'd put an end to the day's action with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Christine Maddox to lock in the Trojans with the victory. That win suspended action on the remaining courts.

    FALL FLASHBACK
    The USC women are coming off a strong fall campaign in which the Women of Troy swept the titles at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships, with Zoë Scandalis winning the singles crown and Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith combining forces for the doubles championship. Olmos played at the ITA National Indoors, reached the ITA Southwest Regional semifinals and won the Jack Kramer Club singles title in the fall. Also in the fall, Scandalis competed at the ITA National Indoor Championships and reached the Round of 16 at the ITA/Riviera All-American. In doubles, Olmos and Scandalis reached the semifinals of the ITA/Riviera All-American in the fall. Olmos also paired up powerfully with freshman Gabby Smith to win the ITA Southwest Regional and Jack Kramer Club championships.

    2015 TROJANS AT A GLANCE
    The USC women are coming off a strong fall campaign in which the Women of Troy swept the titles at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships, with Zoë Scandalis winning the singles crown and Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith combining forces for the doubles championship. Looking to build on last year's 18-8 finish and 7-3 mark in Pac-12 play, the USC women are looking to set their path toward what would be a 24th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2015. Last year, USC reached the NCAA Round of 16. The Trojans were without the services of former singles #1 and NCAA Doubles Champion Sabrina Santamaria for the majority of 2014 after the junior was sidelined by a knee injury. Now back in action for 2015, she and fellow senior Zoë Scandalis are USC's two ITA All-Americans on the roster. Scandalis reached the Pac-12 singles title match last year, while Giuliana Olmos won the Pac-12 doubles championship alongside now-graduated Kaitlin Christian in 2014.