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USC Women’s Tennis Completes Two Sweeps in Saturday Doubleheader

Feb 6, 2021

LOS ANGELES--The USC women's tennis team kicked off its 2021 home opener with a doubleheader in Marks Stadium today (Feb. 6). The Women of Troy swept two teams on the sunny Saturday in Los Angeles as they defeated Saint Mary's 4-0 and Cal State Fullerton 4-0. The Women of Troy are now 3-1 on the season. 
The morning began by taking the court against the Saint Mary's Gaels. USC drew blood first as the duo of Cheong/Dvorak defeated Gael pair Massey/Ville 6-1 on court three. Consistent as ever, the No. 12 tandem of Kulikov/Cayetano closed out doubles with a 6-2 win over the Gael partners Kozyreva/McIntyre on court one. USC won the doubles point and held a 1-0 lead. 
The Trojans held on to the momentum as they rolled into singles. Graduate transfer Summer Dvorak claimed the first win with a strong 6-0, 6-0 score over Gael opponent Liesl Pieters on court four. Junior Danielle Willson notched another win in her column with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Gael Jocelyn Massey on court three. Willson is undefeated with a 3-0 record on the 2021 season. 
With her first win as a Trojan, graduate transfer Clare McKee clinched the match for the Women of Troy with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Aubane Ville on court five. The remaining matches in play were abandoned. 
After a two hour break, USC took to the court again to challenge the Cal State Fullerton Titans. The Trojans took their third doubles win of the day as McKee/Willson defeated the Titans pair of Garcia/Acidera 6-4 on court two. USC's No. 12 ranked duo Kulikov/Cayetano battled it out on court one with Titans Tobrand/Kobayashi. The Trojans pulled through in clutch time and Kulikov/Cayetano won their match 7-5 to claim the doubles point for Troy. USC entered singles with a 1-0 lead. 
Junior Salma Ewing made the first move for the Trojans in singles as she swiftly defeated her Titan opponent, Eira Tobrand 6-2, 6-1 on court two. Soon thereafter, McKee claimed her second win of the day as she beat Titan Juliette Daries 6-2, 6-1 on court five. USC led the match 3-0. 
Grad transfer Dvorak came in hot with her second win of the day to clinch the match with her 6-2, 6-4 victory over Titan Natalie Duffy. 
USC's next action takes the team back to Malibu, Calif. where they will challenge Pepperdine in a rematch. The Trojans take on the Waves on Saturday (Feb. 13) at 1 p.m. PT. 

USC 4, Saint Mary's 0 
February 6, 2021 – Marks Stadium | Los Angeles, Calif. 

  1. #12 Cayetano/Kulikov (USC) def. Kozyreva/McIntyre (SM) – 6-2*
  2. Ewing/Branstine (USC) vs. Pieters/Harris (SM) – 5-3 susp.
  3. Cheong/Dvorak (USC) def. Massey/Ville (SM) – 6-1

Order of Finish: 3, 1*
USC wins the doubles point

  1. #48 Eryn Cayetano (USC) vs. #17 Mariia Kozyreva (SM) –6-2, 6-6 (4-4) susp.
  2. Salma Ewing (USC) vs. Danielle McIntyre (SM) – 6-1, 6-6 susp.
  3. Danielle Willson (USC) def. Jocelyn Massey (SM) – 6-0, 6-2
  4. Summer Dvorak (USC) def. Liesl Pieters (SM) – 6-0, 6-0
  5. Clare McKee (USC) def. Aubane Ville (SM)- 6-4, 6-1*
  6. Payton Saca (USC) vs. Gabriela Tevez (SM) – 4-6, 3-2

Order of Finish: 4, 3, 5*

USC 4, Cal State Fullerton 0 
February 6, 2021 – Marks Stadium | Los Angeles, Calif. 

  1. #12 Cayetano/Kulikov (USC) def. Tobrand/Kobayashi (CSUF) – 7-5
  2. McKee/Willson (USC) def. Garcia/Acidera (CSUF) – 6-4
  3. Cheong/Dvorak (USC) vs. Suh /Duffy (CSUF) – 5-5 susp.

Order of Finish: 2, 1
USC wins the doubles point

  1. #103 Naomi Cheong (USC) vs. Misaki Kobayashi (CSUF) – 3-6, 6-0, 1-0 susp.
  2. Salma Ewing (USC) def. Eira Tobrand (CSUF) – 6-2, 6-1
  3. Danielle Willson (USC) vs. YuSeung Suh (CSUF) – 6-2, 4-5 susp.
  4. Summer Dvorak (USC) def. Natalie Duffy (CSUF) – 6-2, 6-4*
  5. Clare McKee (USC) def. Juliette Daries (CSUF)- 6-2, 6-1
  6. Constance Branstine (USC) vs. Camila Garcia (CSUF) – 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 susp.

Order of Finish: 2, 5, 4*