February 24, 2012

Gauchos Battle Hard, Drop Decision at No. 7 USC

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - No. 66 UC Santa Barbara had three players battle to three sets, but in the end the seventh-ranked USC women's tennis team defeated the Gauchos, 7-0.

Playing at No. 1, UCSB's Natalia Lozano played USC's Zoe Scandalis, the 10th-ranked player in the nation, and pushed her to three sets before losing, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.  At No. 4, Paola Cos also went three sets against Gabriella DeSimone before losing, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0.

The Gauchos also battled hard in the doubles matches.  At No. 2, Lozano and freshman April Scatliffe pushed Danielle Lao and Alison Ramos before losing, 8-6.  At No. 1, Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria, the fourth-ranked team in the nation, defeated Jordan Dockendorf and Kiersten Meehan, 8-4.

UCSB is now 2-7 on the season.  The Gauchos return to Big West action on Saturday when they host Pacific at 11:00 a.m. on the Robertson Gymnasium Courts.

#7 USC 7, #66 UC Santa Barbara 0

DOUBLES
(1) #4 Christian/Santamaria (USC) def. Dockendorf/Meehan (UCSB) -- 8-4
(2) Lao/Ramos (USC) def. Lozano/Scatliffe (UCSB) -- 8-6
(3) #45 Pulido/Scandalis (USC) def. Cano/Reede (UCSB) -- 8-0

USC wins doubles point.

Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

SINGLES
(1) #10 Zoe Scandalis (USC) def. Natalia Lozano (UCSB) -- 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
(2) #24 Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. Kiersten Meehan (UCSB) -- 6-0, 6-2
(3) #63 Kaitlyn Christian (USC) def. April Scatliffe (UCSB) -- 6-1, 6-3
(4) Gabriella DeSimone (USC) def. Paola Cos (UCSB) -- 2-6, 6-1, 6-0*
(5) Alison Ramos (USC) def. Jordan Dockendorf (UCSB) -- 6-2, 6-4
(6) Valeria Pulido (USC) def. Erica Cano (UCSB) -- 6-1, 7-5

Order of finish: 2, 5, 4, 6, 3, 1