Women's Tennis Falls to No. 4 USC in ITA Kick-Off Weekend Opener

Women's Tennis Falls to No. 4 USC in ITA Kick-Off Weekend Opener

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2013 ITA Kick-Off Weekend Central (ITATennis.com)

LOS ANGELES - The University of Akron tennis team dropped a 4-0 match to fourth-ranked USC on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Marks Stadium.

Due to inclement weather the match was played out on three courts, beginning with Nos. 1, 3 and 5 singles and then filled down the line with Nos. 2, 4 and 6 pending a decision in the match. Doubles was only to be contested if singles play resulted in a match tied 3-all.

The Trojans (2-0) posted wins in order at Nos. 1, 5, 3 and 4 to claim match point.

UA's Olga Shkundina lost 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 to 19th-ranked Zoe Scandalis, Ksenia Berestetska fell 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5 to Valeria Pulido, Angelina Jogasuria was topped 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 to Giuliana Olmos and Angelika Jogasuria was defeated 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 by Kaitlyn Christian. 

With the match clinched, Akron players also were bested at Nos. 2 and 6. The highlight of the day for UA came at No. 2, where Prang Pantusart rebounded from a 6-2 loss to 14th-ranked Danielle Lao in the first set to lead 3-0 in the second. Lao ended up taking a 7-5 win in the second set. At No. 6, Madison Cohen lost 6-3, 6-2 to Ellie Yates.

"Despite what some of the score lines would indicate, I feel we played very well today against one of the top teams in the nation," third-year head coach Brandon Padgett said "If we can play with the kind of energy we brought today throughout the rest of the season we will be just fine."

The Zips (1-2) face 55th-ranked Tulane tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET. Tulane lost 4-2 to 67th-ranked UC Irvine today.

Zips Notebook: The Zips and Trojans were facing off for the first time on the tennis court ... Akron matched up with its second-consecutive nationally ranked foe, after a 5-2 loss to then 50th-ranked Penn State at home on Jan. 20.

(4) USC 4, Akron 0

Did not play

1. (19) Zoe Scandalis (USC) def. Olga Shkundina (Akron) 6-1, 6-2
2. (14) Danielle Lao (USC) def. Prang Pantusart (Akron) 6-2, 7-5
3. Giuliana Olmos (USC) def. Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) 6-1, 6-0
4*. Kaitlyn Christian (USC) def. Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) 6-1, 6-0
5. Valeria Pulido (USC) def. Ksenia Berestetska (Akron) 6-2, 6-1
6. Ellie Yates (USC) def. Madison Cohen (Akron) 6-3, 6-2

Order of finish:
Singles - 1, 5, 3, 4*, 6, 2

Team records:
Akron - 1-2
USC - 2-0