Fall Action Begins For Women of Troy|
Sept. 29, 2011
Members of the USC women's tennis team are lined up to see their first competition of the season this weekend. Four Women of Troy will spread out between Berkeley and Westwood to ring in the new season at the Cal Nike Invitational and the pre-qualifying rounds of Riviera/ITA All-American. USC junior Valeria Pulido won't be in action for the Trojans until November, as the Mexico native is scheduled to compete for her home country at the upcoming Pan American Games in Guadalajara. Pulido won a bronze medal playing doubles for Mexico at the summer's World University Games.
USC senior Alison Ramos will be in the mix up in Berkeley this weekend as she tunes up for 2011-12 with competition at the Cal Nike Invitational. Ramos goes up against No. 8 seeded Clarisse Baca of Sacramento State on Friday in the Gold Singles bracket's opening round of 32. BRACKET
Meanwhile, three USC freshmen will see their first collegiate competition with a trip to Westwood, where UCLA is hosting the pre-qualifying rounds of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. Gabriella DeSimone, Sabrina Santamaria and Zoe Scandalis are lined up for singles action beginning on Saturday, with DeSimone and Scandalis also on the board for doubles play.
Wins at UCLA over the weekend would advance the Trojan freshman into qualifying at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades. Kaitlyn Christian is already in the singles qualifying draw there, and will team up with Scandalis in qualifying doubles. Christian is ranked No. 60 in the nation in singles to start the season, and ranks No. 18 with Scandalis in doubles. Qualifying matches will run October 4-5, and the Riviera/ITA All-American main draw will run October 6-9. USC junior Danielle Lao -- ranked No. 16 in singles -- will be on the docket for main draw singles play in next week's action.