USC escape with a 4-2 lead after the singles matches which first began with a decisive win at No. 2 by the Trojans' Veronika Safarova over Arizona's Vanessa Abel, 6-3, 6-1. Jacqui Boyd followed with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Uzma Khan to give the Women of Troy a 2-0 lead. Not ready to surrender at court three, Michelle Gough posted a come-from behind victory over Jewel Peterson, 1-6, 6-0, 6-2, that sparked two-straight Arizona wins to tie the score at two apiece.
At center court, Kara Warkentin and Lindsay Blau battled it out in three sets before Warkentin prevailed with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 final score. USC was again forced into three sets at court six before earning the fourth point as freshman Tiffany Brymer defeated Joanna Buczkowska, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.
Needing only one point to complete the match, the Women of Troy took early leads in each doubles contest before Jacqui Boyd and Anita Loyola clinched the victory with a 8-3 win at the No. 3 spot.
"I'm extremely happy because it was a very tough match where at a certain point in singles it could have gone either way," said head coach Richard Gallien. "But as the day got longer we only got stronger and I was very pleased to see that we were winning in each of the doubles matches before it ended."
"It was a very emotional match for us because for the three seniors it was our final match at home," said senior Jacqui Boyd. "We just really wanted to go out in style."
USC will face No. 32 Louisiana State in the quarterfinals to be played Thursday, May 18, in Malibu, Calif.
Final Score: USC 5, Arizona 2 Singles (1) Kara Warkentin (USC) vs. Lindsay Blau (Arizona) - -6, 6-3, 6-4 (2) Veronika Safarova (USC) def. Vanessa Abel (Arizona) - 6-3, 6-1 (3) Michelle Gough (Arizona) def. Jewel Peterson (USC) - 1-6, 6-0, 6-2 (4) Jacqui Boyd (USC) def. Uzma Khan (Arizona) - 6-4, 6-4 (5) Laresa Marino (Arizona) def. Anita Loyola (USC) - 7-5, 6-2 (6) Tiffany Brymer (USC) def. Joanna Buczkowska (Arizona) - 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 Doubles (1) Warkentin/Peterson (USC) vs. Abel/Gough (Arizona) - Incomplete (2) Brymer/Safarova (USC) vs. Blau/Khan (Arizona) - Incomplete (3) Loyola/Boyd (USC) def. Marino/Buczkowska (Arizona) - 8-3