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USC Women’s Tennis Kicks Off 2021 Campaign with Victory Over Denver

Jan 24, 2021

LOS ANGELES -- The No. 17 ranked Women of Troy defeated Denver today (Jan. 24) 4-1 in the first match of ITA Kickoff Weekend in Malibu, Calif. A rainy day on Saturday postponed the originally scheduled match, but USC came out swinging and locked in their spot in the ITA Kickoff title match. 
 
Tomorrow, (Jan. 25) the Trojans will face off against No. 5 Pepperdine in the championship match in Malibu, Calif. at 1 p.m. PT. The winner of that match will receive an automatic bid to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships next month.
 
In doubles, the No. 12 pair of Kulikov/Cayetano picked up right where they left off last season as they swiftly defeated their Pioneer opponents on court one. The duo of Ewing/Cheong closed out doubles with a 6-2 win on court two to claim the doubles point for Troy. 
 
In singles, senior transfer Summer Dvorak officially made her first mark as a Trojan by beating Denver's Hada Chang 6-2, 6-2 on court five to push USC ahead 2-0. On court four, junior Danielle Willson notched her first win of the 2021 season beating Denver's Tatum Burger 6-2, 6-3. 
 
The Pioneers put a point on the board when Camille Verden-Anderson beat Trojan senior transfer Clare McKee on court six. 
 
In her collegiate debut, freshman No. 103 (and No. 10 ranked Freshman/Newcomer) Naomi Cheong clinched the match for Troy with her 6-3, 6-3 victory over Denver's Anna Riedmiller on court two. 
 
ITA KICKOFF WEEKEND

#17 USC 4, Denver 1
Jan. 24, 2021 | Malibu, Calif.

DOUBLES
(1) #12 Kulikov/Cayetano (USC) def. #36 Melville/Chang (DU) - 6-0
(2) Ewing/Cheong (USC) def. Pursell/Verden-Anderson (DU) - 6-2
(3) Dvorak/McKee (USC) vs. Burger/Riedmiller (DU) - 3-4 susp.
Order of finish: 1, 2

SINGLES
(1) #48 Eryn Cayetano (USC) vs. #117 Taylor Melville (DU) - 7-5, 5-1 susp.
(2) #103 Naomi Cheong (USC) def. Anna Riedmiller (DU) - 6-3, 6-3*
(3) Salma Ewing (USC) vs. Britt Pursell (DU) - 2-6, 5-5 susp.
(4) Danielle Willson (USC) def. Tatum Burger (DU) - 6-2, 6-3
(5) Summer Dvorak (USC) def. Hada Chang (DU) - 6-2, 6-2
(6) Camille Verden-Anderson (DU) def. Clare McKee (USC) - 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 5, 4, 6, 2*