Women of Troy Locked In For NCAA Individual Draws
April 30, 2014
The USC women's tennis team has a strong set of Trojans ready to roll into the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, held May 21-26 in Athens, Ga. Two USC doubles duos are in the mix thanks to their top-20 national rankings. Juniors Giuliana Olmos and Zoë Scandalis have a spot in the doubles draw, along with the senior-freshman combo of Brynn Boren and Zoë Katz. In the singles scene, Scandalis has secured a place in that draw, with Olmos standing as the first alternate for singles action.
Giuliana Olmos and Zoë Scandalis have been ranked in the nation's top-10 all season long, currently standing at #8 in the land with a 22-7 overall record together. Together this season, they were finalists at the ITA/Riviera All-American and reached the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships and the ITA Southwest Regional Championships. They'd later pick up the doubles title at the Freeman Memorial. Their selection to the NCAA doubles draw brings up the first NCAA doubles competition for both players. It's Olmos' first-ever appearance in NCAA individual action.
Brynn Boren and Zoë Katz have paired up to great success together this season. Toting a powerful 20-6 overall record together, the Trojan duo were finalists at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships and winners of the consolation title at the ITA National Indoor Championships in the fall. They currently hold a #19 ranking in the nation. Boren is no stranger to the NCAA scene by any means. The senior has made three previous trips, and was an NCAA Doubles Semifinalist last year as a junior at Tennessee before coming to USC. As a freshman with the Lady Vols, she reached the 2011 NCAA Doubles Round of 16. And she made three straight trips to the NCAA Singles Championships during her time at Tennessee. For freshman Katz, this kicks off her Trojan career with a great opportunity, as she and Boren begin their run along with their Trojan teammates in Athens later this month.
For junior Zoë Scandalis, this journey into the 2014 NCAA Singles Championships marks the third straight visit to the tourney. As a freshman, she worked her way to ITA All-American honors in reaching the 2012 Round of 16. Last year, she made it to the Round of 32. This season, Scandalis turned heads with a powerful run to the Pac-12 Singles title match last weekend. Ranked #27 in the nation in singles, Scandalis dealt out several upsets on her way into the final. She holds a 21-9 overall record in singles play to date.
Standing as the first alternate in the NCAA Singles draw, junior Giuliana Olmos has a good chance of cracking into the action. She ranks #70 in the land and also is coming off some great work in Ojai last weekend. Olmos won the Pac-12 Invitational singles championship, and partnered with teammate Kaitlyn Christian to win the 2014 Pac-12 Doubles Championship. In singles play this season, she leads the team in total wins as she holds a 23-9 overall singles record to date.