After a win over crosstown rivals UCLA, the USC women’s tennis team is ready to leave for Ojai, Calif., to compete in the Pac-12 championships from Wednesday until Sunday. The Women of Troy are seeking their first Pac-12 title since 1985.The No. 19 Women of Troy are currently undefeated in the Pac-12 with a 7-0 record. Overall they are 12-4 on the season, with the last loss coming at the hands of UCLA on Feb. 25.The Trojans currently have three players in the singles rankings. At No. 24 is senior Giuliana Olmos. The senior has an 11-3 record on the season and has a perfect 5-0 record in conference matches, with all wins coming from the top spot. At No. 115 is freshman Rianna Valdes, followed by sophomore Madison Westby at No. 116.In the doubles field the Women of Troy are led by Olmos and her partner, sophomore Gabby Smith, who are ranked No. 7 in the country. They are followed by Westby and junior Zoe Katz, ranked No. 80 in the country.The Women of Troy will face No. 13 Stanford (13-5, 8-1) to decide the Pac-12 champion. It’s the first meeting between the two teams, as their previous match on March 11 was canceled due to weather conditions.Stanford upset Cal last week 4-3 to hand the top-ranked Golden Bears their first loss of the season and set up Wednesday’s title match.In singles, four players are ranked nationally. Junior Carol Zhao is currently at No. 33, followed by junior Taylor Davidson at No. 40. Junior Caroline Doyle is currently ranked at No. 82, followed by senior Krista Hardebeck at No. 93.In doubles, Doyle and Davidson and are currently ranked No. 5 in the nation. Hardebeck also enjoys a spot in the doubles ranking, currently at No. 67 with freshman Caroline Lampl.On Thursday, the singles action will start. The format consists of a 32-player draw, with three players from each of the top-10 schools and two players from the 11th-place team. The Women of Troy will be represented by Olmos, Westby and Katz. The last Trojan to win the singles title is Amanda Fink, who was crowned back in 2009.The doubles draw will start on Friday. The format is a 16-team draw. Each school will have its top pair, plus five additional pairs selected by the Draw Committee. USC will have both Olmos/Smith and Katz/Westby in the draw. Olmos won the doubles crown in 2014, when she partnered with former Trojan Kaitlyin Christian.
Tochukwu Oluehi’s safe and trusted hands were brought to bear for Rivers Angels on Sunday as the Jewel of Rivers had to depend on penalties to dispatch a dogged Edo Queens in an AITEO Cup quarter-final match decided at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.The match ended in a barren affair – like it was in the first leg which was played on Wednesday – and headed straight to penalties to decide which team goes through. Thanks to three shootout saves by Oluehi, Rivers Angels’ dream of a title defence – and the ten million naira that comes with it – is still alive.In 2015, it was Oluehi who led Sunshine Queens to their first Federation (AITEO) Cup title when she saved three penalties to help the Akure-based side beat Bayelsa Queens 3-1 in a penalty shootout.Edo Queens may be out, but they will pride themselves in being able to starve the ‘almighty’ Rivers Angels of goals over two legs.In the meantime, Rivers Angels have an obviously tougher challenge ahead as they take on Bayelsa Queens in the semi-finals.Both sides met in the final last year with the Jewel of Rivers winning on penalties.Bayelsa Queens would not only want to exert revenge on their South South neighbours, they are also motivated by the prospect of playing in the final at home.Related
Here is an updated regular season game schedule for the moment:Wellington baseballÂ Thursday, April 25 â€” Augusta, home (make up from April 4), 4 p.m.Saturday, April 27 â€” Circle away (make up from Monday), 4 p.m.Tuesday, April 30 â€” Collegiate, away, (make up from April 11), 4 p.m.Wednesday, May 1 â€” Rose Hill away (make up from two previous times), 4 p.m.Thursday, May 2 â€” Clearwater, home, 4 p.m.Saturday, May 4 â€” Wellington Triangular: Kansas City Turner, 11 a.m., Ark City, 3 p.m.Tuesday, May 7 â€” Andover, away, 4 p.m.Wellington softballThursday, April 25 â€” Augusta, home (make up from April 4), 4:30 p.m.Saturday, April 27 â€” Circle away (make up from Monday), 4:30 p.m.Tuesday, April 30 â€” Triangular: Clearwater, Buhler at Clearwater, 2:30 p.m.Wednesday, May 1 â€” Rose Hill away (make up from two previous times), 4:30 p.m.Thursday, May 2 â€” Clearwater, home, 4:30 p.m.Monday, May 6 â€” Triangular: El Dorado, Valley Center, home, 2:30 p.m.Tuesday, May 7 â€” Andover, away, 4 p.m. Close Forgot password? 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Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” How bad has the weather situation been for the Wellington boys baseball and girls softball teams?Had the season gone as planned, the two teams would have played seven double-headers this season and be more than two-thirds completed. Currently, they have played just three.Neither Crusader team has played on the road this year in a season that started over a month ago. And the Class 4A Regional Tournament is looming on Monday, May 13.Monday, another doubleheader was postponed when Wellington was to travel to Circle Monday. But Towanda got rain and that doubleheader has been moved to Saturday at 3 p.m. said Brian Buchanan, Wellington activities director.Buchanan still expects to get the season in its entirety in the next three weeks. It will be cutting it close. That will include 14 games and seven doubleheaders in less than 20 days.The baseball team will be playing three consecutive double headers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week. And after a Friday night off, the Crusaders will be hosting a triangular on Saturday, May 4. Do the arithmetic and that’s eight games in five days.The girls softball team has a similar hectic schedule. The girls will play three doubleheaders in three consecutive days next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.They will then play on Monday and Tuesday, May 6 and 7.That is barring any rain to mess up the make up games.Currently both teams have played six games. Wellington boys are 1-5 and the Wellington girls are 6-0. Both teams haven’t played since Monday of last week against Winfield.The 4A Regionals are slated in less than three weeks. And it only seems appropriate that both teams are playing at separate locations very far from one another.The Wellington boys are playing May 13 and 15 at El Dorado. Their opponents will be Augusta, Clearwater, El Dorado, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Circle, and Winfield.The Wellington girls are playing May 13-14 at Independence. Their opponents will be Labette County, Clearwater, Coffeyville, Independence, Mulvane, Rose Hill and Winfield.