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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Can USC's singles #3 and 4 deliver

I've mentioned that those positions would be the key for the Trojans.
Winning singles #1 and 2 is very hard, especially for a team such as USC which lacks mega-stars.  And USC hasn't been very 'lucky' in dbls, so assuming they lose even that, it's rather imperative they sweep the sgls lower positions; which they did last season, and why they won Pac 12.

Now let's again look at the result against UCLA;
(again from UCLA)

#29 UCLA 5, #38 USC 2
Feb 25, 2016 at Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Tennis Center)

 Doubles competition
1. #5 Harrison/McPhillips (UCLA) def. #8 Olmos/Smith (USC-W) 6-2
2. Katz/Westby (USC-W) def. Fleming/Shaffer (UCLA) 6-2
3. Failla/Valdes (USC-W) def. Miller/Wiley (UCLA) 6-4

Singles competition
1. #19 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) def. #21 Giuliana Olmos (USC-W) 6-4, 6-1
2. Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) def. #90 Madison Westby (USC-W) 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Alaina Miller (UCLA) def. #85 Gabby Smith (USC-W) 6-2, 6-3 
4. Kristin Wiley (UCLA) def. #66 Jessica Failla (USC-W) 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-5 
5. Terri Fleming (UCLA) def. Zoe Katz (USC-W) 7-6 (11-9), 2-6, 6-3
6. #60 Rianna Valdes (USC-W) def. Kelly Shaffer (UCLA) 6-1, 6-1

Match Notes
USC 3-4; National ranking #38
UCLA 6-3; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,1,3,2,5,4)

No wonder USC lost, eh? Lost those anchor positions, both, 3 and 4.  In fact it was UCLA which swept the lower positions, not only top 2.  So assuming USC is going to 'secure' sgls #6 like last season, then how and where(which positions) are they going to win?

This 'ordeal' is just the beginning. As I said, next season could be even worse what with Gugu graduating. Because Gugu is proficient in both sgls and dbls.

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