No. 17 USC runs past San Diego
No. 1 Sanchez regroups to win battle of ranked players
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – No. 17 USC notched its fourth consecutive win with a 5-2 road victory against host San Diego today. The Trojans put a stop to a four-match win streak by the Toreros, and improved their own record to 7-1 on the year. Danielle Lao secured the clinching singles match with a comeback victory for the sophomore's fourth consecutive win.
The Women of Troy swept the doubles point with strong wins down the line to gain momentum going into singles play.
The Toreros evened the score with a win at the No. 4 singles position by Juliette Coupez against USC’s Alison Ramos, but freshman Kaitlyn Christian boosted USC back ahead with her straight-set win against Laura Claus at the No. 3 spot. The Toreros would close the gap, locking the score even with the Trojans when Maja Sujica topped Cristala Andrews from court six to make it 2-2.
USC edged ahead once more on Valeria Pulido’s eighth consecutive singles win – a straight-set victory at No. 5 against Anna Depenau. Win streaks were also extended for Danielle Lao and Maria Sanchez, who both gutted out three-set comeback wins to add to the Trojan tally. No. 25 Lao pulled through first with the clincher, bouncing back solidly for an 0-6, 7-5, 6-4 win against Josymar Escalona on court two, netting the sophomore's fourth consecutive singles win. Meanwhile, No. 1 Sanchez regrouped from a first-set loss to work her way out to her 16th consecutive win on a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory against No. 66 Stephanie Hoffpauir.