Peterson Wins ITA Southern California Tennis Championship

Nov. 13, 2000

Irvine, Calif. - No. 3 seed USC sophomore Jewel Peterson, who is ranked 26th nationally, defeated 63rd-ranked Michelle Gough of Arizona in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 to win the singles title at the ITA Southern California Women's Tennis Championships held at the UCI Tennis Stadium, Nov. 9-13.

The singles finalists and doubles champions from the regional earn spots in the 2001 Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the third leg of the ITA Grand Slam, Feb. 1-4 at the Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas, Texas.

En route to her first tournament victory of the 2000-2001 season, Peterson also upset Sara Walker of UCLA, the No. 1 seed and third-ranked player in the country. She defeated Walker in a three-set tiebreaker 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, to advance to the finals.

In doubles competition, Melissa Esmero and Maureen Diaz advanced to the championship semifinals before falling to Palencia and Senoglu of Pepperdine, 8-3.

Following are the tournament results.

Qualifying Singles (Nov. 9) - First Round
Caroline Christian (USC) def. Danielle Hustedt (Cal Poly) - 7-5, 6-0

Qualifying Singles (Nov. 9) - Second Round
Krissy Hamilton-Heinberg (USC) def. Jennifer Donohue (UCLA) - 6-1, 6-1
Caroline Christian (USC) def. Chelsea Godbey (UCLA) - 7-5, 6-3

Qualifying Doubles (Nov. 9) - First Round
Christian/Hamilton-Heinberg (USC) def. Everly/Dillon (UCSB) - 8-0

Qualifying Doubles (Nov. 9) - Second Round
Christian/Hamitlon-Heinberg (USC) def. Tranckino/Kabe (UCI) - 8-5

Main Draw Singles (Nov. 10) - First Round
Maureen Diaz (USC) def. Sophoe Regnier (Arizona) - 6-4, 6-4
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Anh Nguyen (Pepperdine) - 6-0, 6-0
Melissa Esmero (USC) def. Amy Tranckino (USCI) - 6-2, 6-1
Anita Loyola (USC) def. Sophie Han (LBSU) - 6-4, 6-1
Lauren Fisher (UCLA) def. Bernadette Bayani (USC) - 6-4, 7-5

Main Draw Singles (Nov. 10) - Second Round
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Julie Chidley (SDSU) - 6-1, 6-4
Lindsey Blau (Arizona) def. Melissa Esmero (USC) - 6-2, 6-3
Anita Loyola (USC) def. Celena McCoury (Arizona State) - 6-0, 6-3

Main Draw Doubles (Nov. 10) - First Round
Esmero/Diaz (USC) def. Arndt/Iacob (CS Fullerton) - 8-1
Brymer/Peterson (USC) def. Han/Kindred (LBSU) - 9-8
DeVera/Palme (ASU) def. Christian/Hamilton-Heinberg (USC) - default
Bayani/Loyola (USC) def. Becker/Polowski (SDSU) - 8-6

Main Draw Singles (Nov. 11) - Third Round
Sara Walker (UCLA) def. Maureen Diaz (USC) - 6-2, 6-1
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Lindsey Blau (Arizona) - 6-2, 6-3
Sylvia Tornier (SDSU) def. Anita Loyola (USC) - 6-7, 6-2, 6-3

Main Draw Singles (Nov. 11) - Quarterfinals
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Sylvia Tornier (SDSU) - 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

Main Draw Doubles (Nov. 11) - Second Round
Brymer/Peterson (USC) def. Abram/Hadaiosmanovic (UNLV) - 8-3
Esmero/Diaz (USC) def. Brown/McCoury (ASU) - 8-6
Blau/Gough (Arizona) def. Bayani/Loyola (USC) - 8-4

Main Draw Singles (Nov. 12) - Semifinals
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Sara Walker (UCLA) - 3-6, 7-6, 7-6

Main Draw Doubles (Nov. 12) - Quarterfinals
Esmero/Diaz (USC) def. Hedberg/Tornier (SDSU) - 8-4
Karrento/Wells (SDSU) def. Brymer/Peterson (USC) - 8-3

Main Draw Doubles (Nov. 12) - Semifinals
Palencia/Senoglu (Pepperdine) def. Esmero/Diaz (USC) - 8-3

Main Draw Singles (Nov. 13) - Championship
Jewel Peterson def. Michelle Gough (Arizona) - 6-4, 6-3

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