No. 7 USC Women Tangle Up Texas 7-0
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- Back in the top-10 after last weekend's win over UCLA, the No. 7 USC women's tennis team flexed that winning muscle again and tacked up a 7-0 victory over visiting No. 39 Texas. The Trojans whipped up a quick set of doubles wins, then hammered home a string of singles wins -- the clincher iced by Giuliana Olmos -- to tally the win at Marks Stadium. USC improves to 11-2 overall with today's home victory.
On the doubles courts to start the day, the Trojans were in total control. At the No. 3 spot, USC's #39 Lao/Olmos powered up for the first win of the afternoon on an 8-3 decision. Courts one and two finished just moments apart -- both in the Trojans' favor. Court two's #30 DeSimone/Santamaria closed out the point for USC with an 8-4 finish over Begley/Ellis, just before USC's top guns Christian/Santamaria rounded out an 8-4 win over Texas' #19 pairing of Addison/Scott. With that doubles point in their pockets, the Women of Troy chugged right into singles action.
USC pulled out the first sets right on down the line. On court two, USC's #2 Sabrina Santamaria made a comeback rally and won her first set with a spirited push in the tiebreaker. First to the finish line in the singles race was USC's #67 sophomore Gabriella DeSimone, whose smooth 6-3, 6-3 win over Elizabeth Begley put USC's second point on the board. Freshman Ellie Yates put the silencers on for her second set on court six, meanwhile, cruising to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Lana Groenvynck to make it 3-0 Trojans.
The clincher was still up in the air, but #107 Giuliana Olmos was making strides toward hauling it in first. She'd dish out one last break against Lina Padegimaite to reel in her 6-1, 6-3 victory that locked USC in with the win, up 4-0 on the Longhorns. That left the top of the lineup in action to wrap things up. After that tight first set, Santamaria was on a mission in the second. She'd pound out a clean slate and shut out the Longhorns' #52 Breaunna Addison in the second set to finish up a 7-6 (2), 6-0 win that made it 5-0 Trojans.
At the No. 3 spot, meanwhile, USC's #27 sophomore Zoë Scandalis had shrugged off losing her second set and then falling into an 0-2 hole to start her third. Scandalis fired back out ahead in winning the next five games to take a 5-2 lead. Her opponent, Noel Scott, managed a break and a hold next to make it 5-4. Over on court one, USC's #8 senior Danielle Lao was buckling in for a battle with Texas' #43 Aeriel Ellis. Lao would bring it home with a solid 6-4, 6-4 effort to push the Trojans up 6-0 in the match. Scandalis' No. 3 match with Scott was still in the works. At the service line and up 5-4, Scandalis ignored break point and rolled on to victory, pinning up a strong 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 win over Scott to close the day as a 7-0 USC shutout win.
The Women of Troy now roll into two Pac-12 matches later this week. No. 7 USC will host Colorado in a 1:30 p.m. match on Friday (March 15) and then turns to play No. 59 Utah at 1 p.m. on Saturday (March 16) -- all at Marks Stadium.
#7 USC 7, #39 Texas 0
March 12, 2013 - Marks Stadium
(1) #1 Christian/Santamaria (USC) def. #19 Addison/Scott (TEX) - 8-4
(2) #30 DeSimone/Scandalis (USC) def. Begley/Ellis (TEX) - 8-3
(3) #39 Lao/Olmos (USC) def. Padegimaite/Gajic (TEX) - 8-3
USC wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
(1) #8 Danielle Lao (USC) def. #42 Aeriel Ellis (TEX) - 6-4, 6-4
(2) #2 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. #52 Breaunna Addison (TEX) - 7-6 (2), 6-0
(3) #27 Zoë Scandalis (USC) def. Noel Scott (TEX) - 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
(4) #67 Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Elizabeth Begley (TEX) - 6-3, 6-3
(5) #107 Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. Lina Padegimaite (TEX) - 6-1, 6-3*
(6) Ellie Yates (USC) def. Lana Groenvynck (TEX) - 6-2, 6-0
Order of finish: 4, 6, 5*, 2, 1, 3