Women's Tennis Teammates Compete For 2001 Pac-10 Invitational Title

April 30, 2001

Ojai, Calif. - It was an all-USC affair as teammates Melissa Esmero and Krissy Hamilton-Heinberg faced each other in the Pac-10 Invitational Women's Singles Final on Sunday (April 29) in Ojai. In a battle between a newcomer and a veteran, it was the freshman who came out on top as Esmero took a two-set victory 6-2, 6-2 to win the 2001 Invitational singles title.

En route to her first collegiate tournament championship, Esmero defeated Nicole Havlicek of Cal in the semifinals 6-2, 6-1. Havlicek had previously defeated the Trojans' Bernadette Bayani, 6-7(3), 6-1, in the Invitational quarterfinals.

This was Hamilton-Heinberg's first appearance in the Pac-10 Invitational finals. Last season she advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Elizabeth Schmidt of UCLA.

In both the 2001 Pac-10 Tournament and Invitational, USC women's tennis had two players advance to the finals, one to the semifinals and two to the quarterfinals. Sophomore Maureen Diaz made it to the semifinals of the Tournament main draw before falling to Raquel Kops-Jones of Cal, 6-4, 6-2. Kops-Jones upset the Trojans' Jewel Peterson 6-2, 7-6 in the quarterfinals.

Following are the completed Tournament and Invitational results for USC's men and women.

2001 Pac-10 Championships

Women's Pac-10 Tournament Singles
First Round (April 26, 2001)
Adria Engel (ASU) def. Anita Loyola (USC) - 6-2, 6-4
Claire Carter (Wash) def. Tiffany Brymer (USC) - 6-2, 7-6 (5)
Maureen Diaz (USC) def. Zorana Roganovic (WSU) - 6-0, 6-0
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Debbie Larocque (Ariz) - 5-7, 6-3, 6-0

Second Round (April 26, 2001)
Maureen Diaz (USC) def.. Jieun Jacobs (Cal) - 6-1, 7-5
Jewel Peterson (USC) def.. Erin Boisclair (Wash) - 2-6, 6-3, 7-5

Quarterfinals (April 27, 2001)
Maureen Diaz (USC) def. Lauren Fisher (UCLA) - 6-4, 6-3
Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) def. Jewel Peterson (USC) - 6-2, 7-6

Semifinals (April 28, 2001)
Raquel Kops-Jones (Cal) def. Maureen Diaz (USC) - 6-4, 6-2

Men's Pac-10 Tournament Singles
First Round (April 26, 2001)

Alex Kim (Stan) def. Damien Spizzo (USC) - 6-3, 6-2
Ryan Moore (USC) def. Whi Kim (Ariz) - 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
Steven Capriati (Ariz) def. Parker Collins (USC) - 7-6, 7-6
Ruben Torres (USC) def. Matt Hanlin (Wash) - 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6)

Second Round (April 26, 2001)
Ryan Moore (USC) def. Nic Dubey (ASU) - 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
K.J. Hippensteel (Stan) def. Ruben Torres (USC) vs. 6-4, 6-3

Quarterfinals (April 27, 2001)
Ryan Moore (USC) def. Alex Kim (Stan) - 7-6, 6-0

Semifinals (April 28, 2001)
Ryan Moore (USC) def. Jean-Noel Grinda (UCLA) - 6-3, 6-2

Finals (April 29, 2001)
Ryan Moore (USC) def. K.J. Hippensteel (Stan) - 6-3, 6-2

Women's Pac-10 Invitational Singles
First Round (April 26, 2001)

Bernadette Bayani (USC) def. Kathy Chi (Wash) - 6-1, 6-4
Melissa Esmero (USC) def. Sekita Grant (Cal) - 5-7, 6-0, 6-0
Krissy Hamilton-Heinberg (USC) def. Andrea Coulter (Wash) - 6-2, 6-3
Adeline Arnaud (Oregon) def. Caroline Christian (USC) - 6-3, 7-5

Second Round (April 26, 2001)
Bernadette Bayani (USC) def. Lizzy Bennett (Stan) - 6-0, 7-6
Melissa Esmero (USC) def. Perrine Pernin (Ariz) - 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Krissy Hamilton-Heinberg (USC) def. Morisa Yang (Cal) - 6-1, 6-4

Quarterfinals (April 27, 2001)
Nicole Havlicek (Cal) def. Bernadette Bayani (USC) - 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3
Melissa Esmero (USC) def. Colleen Gray (Wash) - 5-7, 7-6, 6-3
Krissy Hamilton-Heinberg (USC) def. Lorena Arias (WSU) - 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Semifinals (April 28, 2001)
Melissa Esmero (USC) def. Nicole Havlicek (Cal) - 6-2, 6-1
Krissy Hamilton-Heinberg (USC) def. Erin Hoe (Wash) - 6-4, 7-5

Finals (April 29, 2001)
Melissa Esmero (USC) def. Krissy Hamilton-Heinberg (USC) - 6-2, 6-2

Men's Pac-10 Invitational Singles
First Round (April 26, 2001)

Jari Niskala (Ariz) def. Garrett Wong (USC) - 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
Ali Ansari (Stan) def. Christian Jensen (USC) - 6-1, 6-0
Dillon Ruby (Wash) def. Scott Merryman (USC) - 6-3, 6-1

Women's Pac-10 Tournament Doubles
First Round (April 27, 2001)

DeVera/Engel (ASU) def. Brymer/Peterson (USC) - 8-4
Fisher/Marinova (UCLA) def. Esmero/Loyola (USC) - 8-4

Men's Pac-10 Tournament Doubles
First Round (April 27, 2001)

Hippensteel/Kim (Stan) def. Collins/Torres (USC) - 8-3

Women's Pac-10 Invitational Doubles
First Round (April 26, 2001)

Christian/Hamilton-Heinberg (USC) def. Donahue/Godbey (UCLA) - 8-1
Bayani/Diaz (USC) - Bye

Quarterfinals (April 27, 2001)
Fusano/Lynch (Cal) def. Hamilton-Heinberg/Christian (USC) - 8-3
Arias/van de Ven (WSU) def. Bayani/Diaz (USC) - 8-3

Men's Pac-10 Invitational Doubles
First Round (April 26, 2001)

Bizjak/Rubin (Wash) def. Jensen/Merryman (USC) - 8-4

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