Jewel Peterson Advances To Omni Hotels National Championship Semifinal

Nov. 8, 2002

FARMERS BRANCH, Texas - USC women's tennis senior Jewel Peterson picked up two wins Friday to reach the women's singles semifinals at the Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the second of three national championships for collegiate tennis this season.

Peterson, who qualified for the tournament by winning the Omni Hotels West Region Championship, opened the day with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Mississippi's Mira Radu. In tonight's quarterfinals she topped Tulane's Julie Smekodub 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Peterson defeated Fresno State's Chloe Carlotti, 6-3, 6-4, in the first round.

The tournament No. 4 seed, Peterson will be playing in her first career semifinal tomorrow against the winner of a match between Florida's Alexis Gordon and North Carolina's Kate Pinchbeck. She is also the first USC women's player to reach the semis at this tournament since 1986 when Caroline Kuhlman beat teammate Heliane Stedan in the final.

The Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, the nation's premier collegiate indoor tennis tournaments for Division I men and women, are presented by The Dallas Morning News and hosted by SMU at the Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch.

The Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships feature a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field for men and women, including: qualifiers from Omni Hotels Regional Championships held across the country during October, the Omni Hotels National Small College champions, the winners of the Icy Hot/ITA Men's and Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships and at-large and wild card selections made by the ITA National Tournament Committee. Overall, more than 10,000 players from nearly 600 schools participate annually in the Omni Hotels Regional and National Intercollegiate Championships.

The Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships were inaugurated in 1978. The tournament can be followed at www.itatennis.com.

2002 Omni Hotels National Indoor Championship
Singles

First Round - Nov. 7
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Chloe Carlotti (Fresno State) - 6-3, 6-4

Second Round - Nov. 8
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Mira Radu (Ole Miss) - 6-0, 6-2

Quarterfinals - Nov. 8
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Julie Smekodub (Tulane) - 7-6 (5), 6-4

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