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Sun Devils Stun Trojans, Erase 3-0 Deficit to Advance to Semis

Apr 21, 2022

OJAI, Calif. – Moving on!

The No. 5/20 Sun Devils stunned No. 4/17 USC, 4-3, in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Championships on Thursday afternoon, wiping away what was once a 3-0 Trojan lead.

With the match locked at 3-3, No. 110 Giulia Morlet defeated No. 39 Salma Ewing, 6-2, 7-6, to send the Sun Devils to the semifinals.

The Sun Devils will meet the winner of No. 1 Cal and No. 8 Utah on Friday afternoon with a championship berth on the line.

"Really happy for the team coming through in a super tough match," head coach Sheila McInerney said. "The girls did a great job rebounding after losing the doubles point. 

We battled extremely hard and kept our poise under pressure. We knew it would be tough and it certainly was. Excited to be in the semis tomorrow!"

ASU took an unconventional path toward toppling USC after it lost the doubles point. Needing to take four of the next six singles matches, the Sun Devils would do just that, but not before dropping two to fall into a 3-0 hole.

The heroics then went like this: Wins by Marianna Argyrokastriti (6-3, 6-3), Cali Jankowski (6-2, 6-4) and Domenika Turkovic (6-4, 0-6, 6-4) paved the way for Morlet on Court 1.

The win marked the third-straight postseason win over the Trojans since 2018 and the second consecutive season they've knocked off USC in the quarterfinals.

Keep up with the red-hot Sun Devils in tomorrow's semifinal showdown against either Cal or Utah via the team's Twitter account, @sundevilwtennis, with play slated to begin at 12 p.m.