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USC Women’s Tennis Falls 4-3 to Arizona State in Pac-12 Quarterfinals

Apr 24, 2021

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.  
Doubles 

  1. Cayetano/Kulikov (USC) def. Hattingh/John-Baptiste (ASU) – 6-1*
  2. Ewing/McKee (USC) vs. Hampton/ Argyrokastriti (ASU) – 2-4 susp.
  3. Dvorak/Willson (USC) def. Kolarova/Morlet (ASU) – 6-1 

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

  1. Ilze Hattingh (ASU) def. #59 Salma Ewing (USC) – 6-4, 6-3
  2. Eryn Cayetano (USC) def. Sammi Hampton (ASU) – 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
  3. Lauryn John-Baptiste (ASU) def. Naomi Cheong (USC) – 6-4 ret.
  4. Giulia Morlet (ASU) def. Danielle Willson (USC) –  6-4, 6-1
  5. Marianna Argyrokastriti (ASU) def. Summer Dvorak (USC) – 7-6, 6-4*
  6. Clare McKee (USC) def. Domenika Turkovic (ASU) – 6-4, 6-2

Order of Finish: 3, 4, 6, 1, 2, 5*