LOS ANGELES — No. 4 Southern California helped earn their head coach his 300th career win with the Trojans on Friday in a 7-0 sweep of Oregon.
Gallien now has his Women of Troy holding a 15-2 overall record this year to go with a perfect 4-0 mark in Pac-12 play.
No. 36 freshman Sabrina Santamaria provided the clincher with her 6-3, 6-1 win against Sofia Hager on court three, but the celebration didn’t kick off until No. 22 Danielle Lao wrapped up her win against Patricia Skowronski at the No. 2 slot with a winning surge to a 7-6 (1), 6-2 decision.
It was straight set wins the rest of the way for the Women of Troy, sparked by No. 76 sophomore Kaitlyn Christian’s 6-1, 6-1 win against Pascale Neubert on court four. Gabriella DeSimone followed suit with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Rabea Stueckemann at the No. 5 spot to set up Santamaria’s winner on three.
At the top spot, No. 15 freshman Zoë Scandalis got tangled up with Julia Metzger early in the second set, but wound up leaving Metzger out of reach as Scandalis won the last three games for a 6-2, 6-3 win that made it 5-0 Trojans.
Meanwhile, on court six, Alison Ramos got up a break midway through her second set with Oregon’s Lana Buttner and then held serve in a long game to create some extra space. Ramos would hold strong and close out a 6-3, 6-3 win at the No. 6 position, with Lao finishing off the action minutes later on court two.
In the double battle to start the day, courts two and three wrapped up almost simultaneously as the Women of Troy captured the first point of the match on an 8-2 win from No. 52 Pulido/Scandalis and an 8-3 victory by Lao/Ramos.
That left the No. 1 doubles match stretching into a tiebreaker after USC’s No. 2 Christian/Santamaria fought out of a 5-7 hole to extend the match by evening the score 7-7. In the tiebreaker, however, Oregon’s Neubert/Steuckemann worked their way ahead and pulled off the upset with an 8-7 (4) victory.