USC Women’s Tennis Falls 4-3 to Arizona State in Pac-12 Quarterfinals
SAN DIEGO—The No. 5 seeded USC women's tennis team fell in a close match 4-3 to the No. 4 seed Arizona State in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Women's Tennis Championship today (Apr. 24) in San Diego. With the loss, the Trojans now hold an 11-10 overall record.
Doubles kicked off the morning and the Trojans made their mark first. USC's Dvorak/Willson claimed the first win by defeating Arizona State's Kolarova/Morlet 6-1 on court three. The Trojans claimed the doubles point as Cayetano/Kulikov were victorious over the Sun Devil pair of Hattingh/John-Baptiste 6-1.
USC entered singles with a 1-0 lead. As singles got underway, Trojan freshman Naomi Cheong was forced to retire after the first set giving a point to the Sun Devils. On court four, USC junior Danielle Willson fell 6-4, 6-1 to ASU's Giulia Morlet to give the Sun Devils a 2-1 advantage.
USC redshirt senior Clare McKee tallied a win for the Women of Troy by defeating Arizona State's Domenika Turkovic 6-4, 6-2 on court six to tie up the match at 2-2.
The Sun Devils once again took the lead as Ilze Hattingh beat USC junior No. 59 Salma Ewing 6-4, 6-3 on court one to make the score 3-2. Trojan sophomore Eryn Cayetano evened out the score once again by defeating ASU's Sammi Hampton 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 tying the score up at 3-3.
Arizona State would have the final word as Marianna Argyrokastriti beat USC redshirt senior Summer Dvorak 7-6, 6-4 on court five to clinch the match for the Sun Devils.
With the loss ending USC's Pac-12 Championship run, the Trojans now await the NCAA Tennis Selection Show which will air on Monday, May 3 at 3 p.m. PT at NCAA.com.
No. 33 Arizona State 4, No. 36 USC 3
April 24, 2021 – San Diego, Calif.
- Cayetano/Kulikov (USC) def. Hattingh/John-Baptiste (ASU) – 6-1*
- Ewing/McKee (USC) vs. Hampton/ Argyrokastriti (ASU) – 2-4 susp.
- Dvorak/Willson (USC) def. Kolarova/Morlet (ASU) – 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1*
USC wins the doubles point
- Ilze Hattingh (ASU) def. #59 Salma Ewing (USC) – 6-4, 6-3
- Eryn Cayetano (USC) def. Sammi Hampton (ASU) – 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
- Lauryn John-Baptiste (ASU) def. Naomi Cheong (USC) – 6-4 ret.
- Giulia Morlet (ASU) def. Danielle Willson (USC) – 6-4, 6-1
- Marianna Argyrokastriti (ASU) def. Summer Dvorak (USC) – 7-6, 6-4*
- Clare McKee (USC) def. Domenika Turkovic (ASU) – 6-4, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 6, 1, 2, 5*