LOS ANGELES -- Southern California successfully defended its home turf against a determined No. 19 Arizona State squad, fending off the Sun Devils to claim an important 4-2 win in Pac-12 action. The victory bumps the Women of Troy ahead of ASU in the conference standings, as USC now holds a 15-6 overall record and a 6-2 Pac-12 mark to hold strong in the No. 4 spot. The Trojans opened the day with a ceremony to honor their two graduating seniors, Brynn Boren and Kaitlyn Christian, both All-Americans and both finishing off their final seasons.
In singles, ASU would close the match to a one-point margin twice, but the Women of Troy had the last word. USC's two Zoës were up to the challenge, but it was junior Zoë Scandalis who reached the finish line first to claim the clincher on her 7-5, 6-4 win on court No. 1. That put the Trojans up 4-2, leaving freshman Zoë Katz' match suspended with her up 3-1 in a second-set tiebreaker on court No. 6.
The Women of Troy dominated doubles play, sparked by a successful new pairing of Gabriella DeSimone and Katz on court No. 3. The duo forced its way out of reach of ASU's Alexandra Osborne/Stephanie Vlad for an 8-2 win that gave the Trojans a nice early lift. At the No. 2 spot, Brynn Boren and Giuliana Olmos teamed up for just the second time this season and rang up an 8-2 win of their own against ASU's Kassidiy Jump/Joanna Smith to lock down a 1-0 lead for USC, while Kaitlyn Christian and Zoë Scandalis had taken the upper hand on court No. 1.
Olmos stayed in her winning groove for singles play, netting a quick 6-3, 6-1 win versus Ebony Panoho on court No. 5 for a boost to a 2-0 lead for the Trojans. That was a boon for USC, as the Sun Devils and the Trojans would trade wins in the next stretch in the lead-up to Scandalis' eventual clincher.
After Olmos grabbed the 2-0 lead for USC, ASU answered back with No. 49 Desirae Krawczyk's 6-1, 6-2 win against Brynn Boren at the No. 2 spot. It was a one-point match at that point, until Gabriella DeSimone jumped into the driver's seat. She left opponent Leighann Sahagun behind with two holds and a break to finish off a 6-2, 6-3 win and take USC to a 3-1 advantage.
Once more, the Sun Devils found a winning response, this time getting a 6-3, 6-4 decision in favor of ASU's Jump against Kaitlyn Christian on court No. 3. That's were the focus then fell on court Nos. 1 and 6, where Scandalis and Katz were both leading their respective ASU opponents. No. 26 Scandalis sealed the deal first, with a break and then a hold to wrap up a 7-5, 6-3 win against No. 68 Stephanie Vlad to make it a 4-2 final at Marks Stadium.