Women's Tennis Falls to USC on Day Two of ITA Championships
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Kentucky women's tennis team lost to USC, 4-0 in the consolation round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Championships Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.
The Wildcats (7-3) are making their first ITA Nationals appearance since 2005 and competed against a Trojans team that has four singles players and one doubles pair ranked in the top 50 nationally.
Kentucky continues play at the 16-team, four-day tournament Sunday, where it faces Clemson at 6:30 p.m. ET. The tournament concludes Monday.
UK lost the doubles point to open the match. Mami Adachi and Kelsey Dieters fell, 6-2 to No. 14 Zoe Scandalis and Giuliana Olmos, before USC clinched the point with a 6-3 win over Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff and Kirsten Lewis.
In singles competition, Dieters suffered a 6-4, 6-1 loss to No. 44 Zoe Scandalis on No. 2 singles and Lewis fell 6-4, 6-2 on court No. 4 to Sabrina Santamaria as USC claimed a 3-0 lead. The Trojans clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-2 win on No. 6 singles, No. 45 Madison Westby over Morin-Kougoucheff.
Nadia Ravita, at No. 1 singles, was trailing a tight match, 7-5, 3-2 to No. 41 Olmos when play concluded, while Adachi held a 5-4 lead in the second set on court No. 3 over No. 48 Gabby Smith after she dropped the first set, 6-2. At No. 5 singles, Taylor Lederman won the first set, 6-3 before a 6-1 loss that forced a tiebreaking third set, where she trailed 3-0 at the conclusion of the match.
As the tournament continues Sunday vs. Clemson, fans can follow along with live results, video and more from the ITA Indoor National Championships on VirginiaSports.com. Additional updates can be found at ITATennis.com and on Twitter at @UKWomensTennis.
USC 4, Kentucky 0
Boar's Head Sports Club, Charlottesville, Va.
February 7, 2014
Doubles (Order of finish: 1, 3)
1. #14 Zoe Scandalis/Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. Mami Adachi/Kelsey Dieters (UK) 6-2
2. Sabrina Santamaria/Meredith Xepoleas (USC) vs. Taylor Lederman/Nadia Ravita (UK) 5-5, unfinished
3. Gabby Smith/Madison Westby (USC) def. E. Morin-Kougoucheff/Kirsten Lewis (UK) 6-3
Singles (Order of finish: 2, 4, 6)
1. #41 Giuliana Olmos (USC) vs. Nadia Ravita (UK) 7-5, 3-2, unfinished
2. #44 Zoe Scandalis (USC) def. Kelsey Dieters (UK) 6-4, 6-1
3. #48 Gabby Smith (USC) vs. Mami Adachi (UK) 6-2, 4-5, unfinished
4. Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. Kirsten Lewis (UK) 6-4, 6-2
5. Meredith Xepoleas (USC) vs. Taylor Lederman (UK) 3-6, 6-1, 3-0, unfinished
6. #45 Madison Westby (USC) def. E. Morin-Kougoucheff (UK) 6-4, 6-2
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