No. 16 USC Women’s Tennis Travels to Washington Schools
This week, the No. 16 Women of Troy travel out of state for the first time this season to begin Pac-12 conference play. USC will challenge Washington in Seattle on Friday (Mar. 5) at 1:30 p.m. PT, and then Washington State in Pullman, Wash. on Sunday (Mar. 7) at 11 a.m. PT.
ORACLE/ITA RANKINGS UPDATES
After upsetting No. 13 Oklahoma State over the weekend, USC improved one spot in the national rankings to No. 16. Three Trojans boast singles rankings: No. 22 Angela Kulikov, No. 48 Eryn Cayetano and No. 103 Naomi Cheong. Additionally, Cheong is ranked the No. 10 Newcomer/Freshman in the nation. In doubles, the duo of Angela Kulikov and Eryn Cayetano are ranked No. 12.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior Salma Ewing was recognized by the conference as the Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week for her stellar performance in USC's two matches over the weekend. This is Ewing's first career Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week honor and the 42nd all-time weekly honor for the Trojans. In USC's first match of the weekend against No. 6 UCLA, Ewing's win was a bright moment of the match in the Trojan's 6-1 loss to the Bruins.
After dropping her first set 6-4 to UCLA's No. 19 Jada Hart, she battled back in true fight on fashion by taking the next set 6-4 and winning her 10-point tiebreak 10-6 to put the only point on the board for USC. During USC's 6-1 upset over No. 13 Oklahoma State, Ewing notched another win with a 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4) victory over Cowgirl No. 77 Ayumi Miyamoto on court three.
Ewing is currently riding a five-match winning streak.
In addition to both of her singles victories, she won both of her doubles matches as well making her the only player on the Trojan roster this past weekend to collect four wins.
The Washington Huskies are ranked No. 39 in the nation, and they are 7-1 on the 2021 season. In their last match on Feb. 21, the Huskies fell 4-3 to Baylor to notch their only loss of the season. Washington boasts one nationally ranked singles player and doubles pairing: No. 74 Vanessa Wong and No. 17 Arakawa/Wong. In the series between USC and Washington, the Trojans hold a 23-5 record over the Huskies dating back to their initial meeting in 1993.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE
The No. 47 Washington State Cougars hold a 5-4 record. Most recently, they hosted Idaho on Feb. 26 and defeated them 6-1.The Cougars have one nationally ranked singles player: No. 55 Michaela Bayerlova. USC is 25-1 all-time against Washington State in their series dating back to 1994.
WATCH THE TROJANS
All matches at Marks Stadium can be viewed through PlaySight. Please visit USCTrojans.com to watch live streams of the matches as well as view live scoring. .
If road matches are live streamed, links to the video can be found on the schedule page at USCTrojans.com.
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