No. 17 USC sweeps San Diego St.
Trojans improve to 4-1 with a strong showing vs. No. 60 Aztecs
Southern California Athletics
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- No. 17 USC pulled out of a tight doubles battle to pin up a string of six consecutive singles matches as the Trojans topped No. 60 San Diego State 7-0 at Marks Stadium. Valeria Pulido busted through with her comeback at the No. 5 slot, grabbing a three-setter that secured the win for the Trojans. USC improves to 4-1 overall with the victory.
The doubles point became interesting when USC's Lyndsay Kinstler and Danielle Lao tacked up an 8-2 win against Olivia Colman/Sierra Ellison at the No. 3 slot. The other two courts were locked up even, and San Diego State would edge ahead on both courts soon after.
On court one, USC's 11th-ranked Valeria Pulido and Alison Ramos saw their 6-3 lead slip away as Alicia Aguilar/Julia Wais managed wins the rest of the way. That 8-6 win in the Aztecs' favor evened the score and left the balance hanging at the No. 2 slot. There, USC's No. 80 duo of Kaitlyn Christian and Maria Sanchez also saw a lead dissipate to the tune of a 6-5 deficit. But the Women of Troy would rally as Christian held on from the service line to even it 6-6 before USC managed to break the Aztecs. Sanchez served out the match to help USC ahead 1-0 with an 8-6 decision.
The Women of Troy rolled out a couple straight-set wins to boost their lead to 3-0 in the match, as Cristala Andrews cruised in the No. 6 position for a 6-0, 6-3 win against Colman, and Alison Ramos worked past Wais 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3. On court five, Valeria Pulido quickly shrugged off her first-set loss and rattled off a clinching victory as she forced a third set and then won six consecutive games to claim a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory against Emma Cioffi.
At No. 4, No. 114 Kaitlyn Christian saw Ellison fight back from a 5-0 deficit in the second to tie it up at 5-5, but the Trojan freshman regrouped and responded by stealing the next to games to post a 6-3, 7-5 win and make it a 5-0 USC advantage.
At No. 2, USC's No. 10 Danielle Lao kept a steady pace against Aguilar and dealt out one last break to win 6-3, 6-4. On court one, USC's third-ranked Sanchez also manufactured a late surge to round out the match with her 6-3, 6-3 win as she served up one last ace to cap the Trojan sweep.