After winning the Pac-12 Conference in 2012 and 2013, the Women of Troy look to add on another championship this year. They have been competing in the ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Las Vegas.The ITF Las Vegas is an annual tournament held at the Red Rock Country Club and begins with over 200 talented women’s tennis players from across the globe. Six Women of Troy competed in the tournament.Freshmen Rianna Valdes and Jessica Failla, sophomore Gabby Smith and senior Giuliana Olmos won in the first round of qualifying, but all four of the women lost in hard-fought battles in the second round. Valdes and Olmos each lost in straight sets while Failla and Smith each fell after two sets.The tournament was excellent practice for the upcoming season this spring. The Women of Troy hope to take this loss and learn from it, so when spring comes they are ready to beat any school that stands in their way.This week did have some good news for the women’s tennis team, however. Former Trojan tennis player Zoë Scandalis was named one of nine finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. This is an elite award that goes to a former college athlete that made significant acheivements on and off the court. Scandalis, who graduated last spring, was a two-time All American and made four appearances in the NCAA tournament. The winner of this prestigious award will be announced in Indianapolis on Oct. 18.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will increase its renewable energy resources 3 percent by 2009 under two wind power agreements approved today by the City Council. One agreement between the Southern California Public Power Agency, of which the DWP is a member, and Pebble Springs Wind will provide Los Angeles with enough wind power to serve 32,100 households when a generating facility opens in Oregon in December 2008. The second agreement, with UPC Wind, will provide energy to 39,000 homes when the Utah-based Milford Wind plant opens in two years. “These agreements represent important steps forward in our efforts to meet the mayor’s and LADWP’s policy of obtaining 20 percent renewable energy by 2010 and complying with the provisions of AB 32 to reduce our carbon footprint,” said DWP General Manager H. David Nahai. “Every megawatt of wind or other renewable resource we can provide is one more megawatt that works in harmony with the environment, rather than devastates it.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants 20 percent of the city’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2010. “These wind power agreements are critical to making Los Angeles the greenest, cleanest big city in America. Cutting our carbon footprint is not just a lofty goal — it’s the great legacy we as a city can leave our children,” Villaraigosa said.