No. 6 USC exacts revenge on No. 13 Cal for eighth consecutive victory
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- No. 6 USC served up some payback to No. 13 California, handing the last team to beat the Trojans a 6-1 loss on Friday at Marks Stadium. The winning Women of Troy extended their win streak out to eight in a row with the victory, and improved to 16-2 overall with a perfect 5-0 mark in Pac-12 play.
The Women of Troy charged up for a strong stand in doubles, breaking open a tight start with a push to a sweep with the first point of the day. No. 36 Gabriella DeSimone/Zoe Scandalis lit the fuse with their 8-3 win against Alice Duranteau/Klara Fabikova on court two, and Danielle Lao/Giuliana Olmos brought it home with an 8-5 win at the No. 3 spot. That left a battle raging on court one, but USC's No. 1 Kaitlyn Christian/Sabrina Santamaria were up to the challenge. They shoved aside No. 25 Lynn Chi/Annet Schutting with an 8-6 win, and the Trojans were off to singles play with some solid momentum.
The wind in the Trojans' sails carried five Women of Troy to wins in their first sets. On court one, No. 2 Santamaria finished off No. 6 Schutting with a 6-3, 6-1 decision before a couple of her teammates were through their first sets. Santamaria's win -- her 16th consecutive singles victory -- pushed USC ahead 2-0, with several Trojans also seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. At the No. 5 spot, it was No. 70 DeSimone who rounded up the next point for the Trojans. She worked her way through Annie Goransson with a 6-4, 6-1 win, and USC was in striking distance up 3-0.
Over on court two, USC's No. 7 Lao dug herself out from down an early break in the second set and won the last five games of her match with No. 59 Chi to tally the clincher with a 6-4, 6-3 decision. At the No. 4 slot, No. 116 Olmos fended off Tayler Davis and pinned up an overpowering 7-3 win in the second-set tiebreaker to claim a 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory and pin a fifth point on the board for the Women of Troy.
Still forcing the issue on court three was USC's No. 27 Scandalis. Her Cal opponent Fabikova had the last word in that one, however, following up a first-set tiebreak win with a push to victory in the second for a 7-6 (3), 7-5 win that registered a point for the Bears. Over on court six, Christian followed up a marathon tiebreaker in her first set with some solid play in the second. She ran away with a 7-6 (9), 6-2 win against Deuranteau and USC had the 6-1 win in the books.