No. 5 Southern California ends regular season with win against No. 7 UCLA
LOS ANGELES -- No. 5 USC pounded crosstown rival UCLA 6-1 for the consecutive season in the teams' Pac-12 meeting, this time on the Trojans' home courts. Thursday's dominating win against the Bruins also secured the Women of Troy as the undefeated champions of the Pac-12 for 2013. USC entered Thursday's match already owning at least a share of the conference crown, but the 6-1 win against No. 7 UCLA iced a perfect Pac-12 finish for the Trojans.
In doubles play, USC ripped out ahead of the Bruins with two easy wins on courts one and two. USC's Guiliana Olmos and Zoe Scandalis found a winning groove first as they busted out ahead of UCLA at the No. 2 spot for an 8-2 win. No. 2 Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria had to fend off a late push by the Bruins on court one, but the Trojan tandem proved far too tough and wrapped up the doubles point for USC with an 8-3 win. On court three, the teams played out their match with a tiebreaker. USC's Gabriella DeSimone and Danielle Lao cruised in the tiebreaker to win it 7-6 (1).
In the match on court one, No. 2 Santamaria proved the aggressor from the start and gave No. 3 Robin Anderson no slack in the match. After surrendering just one early game to Anderson, Santamaria wound up winning the last nine games of the match for a lopsided 6-1, 6-0 victory.
Over on court three, No. 30 Scandalis was dominant against UCLA's Pamela Montez. She shut down Montez with a 6-2, 6-1 win. At the No. 5 slot, No. 75 DeSimone battled UCLA's Courtney Dolehide before taking the match with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
On court three, Olmos had trailed 3-5 in the first set before battling back and going into a tiebreaker against. There, Harrison got the upper hand again in taking a 5-2 lead, only to see Olmos win the next five points to steal away the set. In the second, Olmos rolled out to win it 7-6 (5), 6-2 and take her Trojans ahead of the Bruins 5-0.
Still going on the remaining courts were No. 8 Lao and UCLA's No. 66 Kyle McPhillips, who ended up falling 6-2, 6-4 as the Bruins snagged their lone point of the match. On court six, Christian had perked up after a first-set loss and won an impressive 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 comeback to cap the day's action.