Peterson Drops Final Match At ITA Regional Championships

Oct. 29, 2001

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - After winning five consecutive matches to reach the finals of the 2001 Omni Hotels ITA Southwest Regional Championship, junior Jewel Peterson suffered a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 loss to UCLA's Sara Walker in the title match on Monday, Oct. 29, at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

Peterson, the defending champion and this year's No. 2 seed, was forced to defeat teammates Bernadette Bayani (quarterfinals) and Luana Magnani (semifinals) en route to the title match.In the finals, Peterson dropped the first set against UCLA's Walker 4-6, but managed to even the score with a 6-4 second set victory. The Bruins' junior claimed the championship with a final 6-1 win in the third set.

In one of its most successful tournament outings in recent years, USC represented five of eight competitors who reached the singles quarterfinals and three of four who reached the semifinals. In doubles, the Women of Troy sent three doubles teams to the quarterfinals, while Peterson and Tiffany Brymer advanced to the semifinals.

Following are the complete tournament results.

2001 Omni Hotels ITA Southwest Regional Championship

Main Draw Singles
First Round (Oct. 26)
Tiffany Brymer (USC) def. Gyorgi Zsiros (UNLV) - 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4
Anita Loyola (USC) def. Stacy Hakikawa (Hawaii) - 6-2, 6-2
Maureen Diaz (USC) def. Lindsey Marvel (LBSU) - 6-1, 6-2
Luana Magnani (USC) def. Brittany Bierman (CSUN) - 6-0, 6-1
Bernadette Bayani (USC) def. Megan Yeats (ASU) - 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Aleksandra Kujawska (Pepp) - 6-1, 6-2
Second Round (Oct. 26)

Sara Walker (UCLA) def. Tiffany Brymer (USC) - 6-3, 6-1
Anita Loyola (USC) def. Cindy Sureephong (ASU) - 6-4, 6-3
Maureen Diaz (USC) def. Tracie Chong (UNLV) - 6-1, 6-3
Luana Magnani (USC) def. Silvia Tornier (SDSU) - 7-6 (3), 6-0
Bernadette Bayani (USC) def. Andrea Lord (LMU) - 6-3, 7-6 (8)
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Lauren Colalillo (ASU) - 6-2, 6-3
Round of 16 (Oct. 27)

Anita Loyola (USC) def. Charlotte Vernaz (Pepp) - 6-1, 6-1
Maureen Diaz (USC) def. Heather Polumbus (USD) - 6-4, 6-3
Luana Magnani (USC) def. Penka Fileva (LMU) - 6-0, 6-1
Bernadette Bayani (USC) def. Petya Marinova (UCLA) - 6-1, 7-6 (9)
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Lindsey Hedberg (SDSU) - 6-2, 6-4
Quarterfinal (Oct. 27)

Sara Walker (UCLA) def. Anita Loyola (USC) - 7-6 (1), 6-2
Maureen Diaz (USC) def. Sarah Gregg (UCLA) - 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-2
Luana Magnani (USC) def. Jonni Seymour (UCI) - 7-6 (5), 6-3
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Bernadette Bayani (USC) - 6-0, 6-4
Semifinal (Oct. 28)

Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Bernadette Bayani (USC) - 6-1, 6-1
Sara Walker (UCLA) def. Maureen Diaz (USC) - 6-2, 7-5
Final (Oct. 29)

Sara Walker (UCLA) def. Jewel Peterson (USC) - 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

Doubles
Round of 16 (Oct. 27)

Brymer/Peterson (USC) def. Hladik/Fileva (LMU) - 8-4
Loyola/Magnani (USC) def. Boss/Posner (UCI) - 8-3
Bayani/Diaz (USC) def. Chang/Seymour (UCI) - 8-3
Second Round (Oct. 27)

Brymer/Peterson (USC) def. Pernin/Larocque (Ariz) - 8-3
Loyola/Magnani (USC) def. Marvel/Thomas (LBSU) - 8-4
Bayani/Diaz (USC) def. Chong/Hadziosmanovic (UNLV) - 8-6
Quarterfinal (Oct. 28)

Brymer/Peterson (USC) def. Kujawska/Vernaz (Pepp) - 8-4
Marinova/Walker (UCLA) def. Loyola/Magnani (USC) - 8-5
Hawley/Gregg (UCLA) def. Bayani/Diaz (USC) - 9-8 (7)
Semifinal (Oct. 28)

Marinova/Walker (UCLA) def. Brymer/Peterson (USC) - 9-8 (4)

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