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Univ. of Southern California Women Team News
Women of Troy Roll Into Regional Rounds of 32
Friday, 10/19/2012

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. -- The USC women's tennis team got out of the gates with authority today in the first day of competition at the 2012 ITA Southwest Regional Championships in San Diego, Calif. All of USC's seeded singles players and doubles teams advanced with wins to move into tomorrow's Rounds of 32.

In singles action, USC has three players seeded in the draw. All three had byes for the first round, while unseeded Trojan Valeria Pulido made sure to join her teammates in the Round of 63 with a straight-set win to start the day. She would fall to the draw's No. 11 seed in the next round, however. Playing in her first career match as a Trojan today was Jackie Owen, who hit the singles courts for the first round, but took a loss to move into consolation action.

USC's highest seed in the draw, No. 2 seed Sabrina Santamaria followed up her first-round bye with a dominating shutout of her Round of 64 opponent. No. 5 seed Kaityln Christian also pinned up a straight-set win in the second round to move on, as did No. 15 seed Gabriella DeSimone.

In doubles, USC has two teams lined up for the Round of 32 after scoring byes in today's first round as the No. 2 and 3 seeds in the draw. Danielle Lao and Pulido are paired up at No. 2, and DeSimone and Zoë Scandalis are logged in at No. 3.

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First Round - Oct. 18
[2] #8 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) -- bye
[15] Gabriella DeSimone (USC) -- bye
[5] Kaitlyn Christian (USC) -- bye
Valera Pulido (USC) def. Abigail Phillips (PEP) -- 6-3, 6-1
Kalika Slevcove (CSF) def. Jackie Owen (USC) -- 6-0, 6-2
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Second Round - Oct. 18
[2] #8 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. Priscilla Garcia (UCSB) -- 6-0, 6-0
[15] Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Ali Facey (UCI) -- 6-4, 6-1
[5] Kaitlyn Christian (USC) def. Nakisa Vahdat (UCI) -- 6-2, 6-1
[11] Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) def. Valeria Pulido (USC) -- 6-2, 6-4

Round of 32 - Oct. 19
[2] #8 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) vs. Reka Rohonyi (LMU) -- 9:30 a.m.
[15] Gabriella DeSimone (USC) vs. Kristin Buth (SDSU) -- 9:30 a.m.
[5] Kaitlyn Christian (USC) vs. Michela Casanova (SDSU) -- 9:30 a.m.

First Round - Oct. 18
[3] DeSimone/Scandalis (USC) -- bye
[2] Lao/Pulido (USC) -- bye

Round of 32 - Oct. 19
[3] DeSimone/Scandalis (USC) vs. Parravi/Rohonyi (LMU) -- 8:30 a.m.
[2] Lao/Pulido (USC) vs. Facey/Schweyer (UCI) -- 8:30 a.m.