Survive and Advance! ASU WTennis to the Pac-12 Semifinals!
SAN DIEGO, Calif - SURVIVE AND ADVANCE! Four-seed and national No. 33 Arizona State is on to the semifinals of the Pac-12 Championship after a 4-3 victory over fifth-seed USC Saturday morning in San Diego, Calif. Freshman Marianna Argyrokastriti clinched the match for ASU with a nail-biting victory at No. 5 to give the Sun Devils their fourth-consecutive victory. Arizona State will play 1-seed No. 5 UCLA Sunday at noon.
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— Arizona State Women's Tennis (@sundevilwtennis) April 24, 2021
"I'm really happy for the team," head coach Sheila McInerney said. "I thought we competed really well today despite losing the doubles point. Credit to our team for rebounding because I think we played super well in singles and the kids did a great job of cheering each other on. It's fun winning one of those last-match-on situations so we're excited to be moving onto the semifinals tomorrow. We have a tough UCLA tomorrow but that's ok because we're really looking forward to it."
ASU advances to the semifinals for the second time in the tournament's four-year history. Three-seeded ASU lost 4-1 to two-seeded UCLA in 2018.
USC took the doubles point without much effort, going 6-2 at No. 1 and 6-1 at No. 3. Singles was a different story though, with ASU taking an early lead on five courts that led to the Sun Devils taking the first set on courts one-five. The Maroon and Gold kicked it into overdrive from there, closing out almost every match in two sets before all eyes settled on Argyrokastriti's battle at No. 5 against Summer Dvorak, the Sun Devil winning her final set 6-4 after losing the match point at 6-3.
4/24/2021 at San Diego, Calif.
(Barnes Tennis Center)
Arizona State 4, USC 3
1. Hattingh,Ilze (ASU) def. Salma Ewing (USC) 6-4, 6-3
2. Eryn Cayetano (USC) def. Hampton,Sammi (ASU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. John-Baptiste,Lauryn (ASU) def. Naomi Cheong (USC) 6-4, retired
4. Morlet,Giulia (ASU) def. Danielle Willson (USC) 6-4, 6-1
5. Argyrokastriti,M (ASU) def. Summer Dvorak (USC) 7-6, 6-4
6. Clarke McKee (USC) def. Turkovic,Domenika (ASU) 6-4, 6-2
1. Angela Kulikov/Eryn Cayetano (USC) def. Hattingh,Ilze/John-Baptiste,Lauryn (ASU) 6-2
2. Argyrokastriti,M/Hampton,Sammi (ASU) vs. Salma Ewing/Clarke McKee (USC) 4-2, unfinished
3. Danielle Willson/Summer Dvorak (USC) def. Kolarova,Tereza/Morlet,Giulia (ASU) 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (3,4,6,1,2,5)
ASU 4 seed
USC 5 seed