Valeria Pulido Earns Bronze Medal At World University Games|
Aug. 19, 2011
Aiming to follow in the footsteps of her Trojan head coach Richard Gallien, USC junior Valeria Pulido went in pursuit of a gold medal at the World University Games. Gallien won gold back in 1983 playing singles for Team USA. Before returning to Troy for her junior season, Pulido competed for Mexico, teaming up with Leticia Nazari Urbina in doubles competition and surprising several seeded teams on the way to a spot in the World University Games semifinals, earning a bronze medal.
Pulido and Urbina were unseeded in the World University Games women's doubles draw, but the pair proved powerfully resilient in pulling out a pair of three-setters on the way to their semifinal match. Pulido/Urbina upended USA's Collins/Damico 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the first round, then upset top-seeded Chan/Hsu of Taipei with a smooth 7-5, 6-3 victory to move into the quarterfinals. There, Pulido/Urbina topped No. 5 seeded Polish pair Brozda/Kolat 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to earn a spot against China's Guo/Li in the semis. The hosts were able to put a stop to Pulido and Urbina's strong run in the semifinal, however, pulling out a 7-6 (6), 6-3 decision. As semifinalists, Pulido and Urbina received bronze medals at the Games.