USC's Eryn Cayetano Wins Oracle ITA Masters Singles Championship
Trojan sophomore Eryn Cayetano won the championship match of the Oracle ITA Masters Tournament on Sunday (Oct. 11). Cayetano defeated her fellow Trojan teammate and doubles partner, redshirt senior Angela Kulikov in the title match.
"It felt special to win the first major tournament I've played in since beginning competition again," said Cayetano. "Plus, it was really special to compete against one of my idols, my teammate Angela. During the match, it was hard to separate the emotions of how I was feeling competing against her. However, when the trophy ceremony happened, I was so grateful to represent USC and the Filipino community."
"Eryn's path to the title was definitely a challenging one playing some of the top college players and pros en route to the championship," said head coach Alison Swain. "Her wins are a testament to the focus, worth ethic, resiliency and passion she has displayed throughout the last seven months. She and Angela are outstanding examples of Trojan values on and off the court. They both displayed the great competitors they are, but also their integrity, sportsmanship and professionalism during this event. I'm incredibly proud of both of them and the leadership they bring to our program."
Cayetano and Kulikov successfully navigated their way through the singles draw. Cayetano defeated notable collegiate opponents like Jessica Failla from Pepperdine and Sophie Whittle of Gonzaga, while Kulikov beat Pac-12 opponent Samantha Hampton from Arizona State and Pepperdine's Alexa Ryngler.
The doubles duo each secured placement in the final for their first match ever competing against each other in a tournament. Kulikov took the first set 6-3, but Cayetano battled back to claim the second set 6-2. The decisive tiebreak set went to extra points, and Cayetano came out victorious with a 12-10 score.
Oracle ITA Masters
Round of 32 – Oct. 9
Eryn Cayetano (USC) def. Leyden Games - 6-3, 6-3
Angela Kulikov (USC) def. Maxi Duncan – 6-1, 7-5
Round of 16 – Oct. 9
Eryn Cayetano (USC) def. Carolyn Campana (Wake Forest) – 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (12)
Angela Kulikov (USC) def. Samantha Hampton (ASU) – 6-2, 6-4
Quarterfinals – Oct. 10
Eryn Cayetano. (USC) def. Jessica Failla (Pepperdine) - 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (5)
Angela Kulikov (USC) def. Ane-Christine Lutkemeyer – 6-2, 6-4
Semifinals – Oct. 10
Eryn Cayetano (USC) def. Sophie Whittle (Gonzaga) – 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (6)
Angela Kulikov (USC) def. Alexa Ryngler (Pepperdine) – 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (11)
Finals – Oct. 11
Eryn Cayetano (USC) def. Angela Kulikov (USC) – 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10)