Women's Tennis Upsets Georgia, 5-2, To Advance To Semifinal

Feb. 7, 2003

MADISON, Wisc. -- The No. 7-ranked USC women's tennis team upset defending champion and third-ranked Georgia, 5-2, on Friday (Feb. 7) in the quarterfinal round of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in Madison, Wisc. With the win, the Women of Troy (5-0) remain undefeated this season, while the Bulldogs (3-1) endure their first loss of the year.

The Trojans will face second-ranked Florida, a 4-3 quarterfinal winner over UCLA, in the semifinal round to be played on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 3:30 p.m. CST. The match will mark USC's first USTA/ITA semifinal appearance since the inaugural tournament in 1988. Ironically, the Women of Troy also faced Florida in the semifinal that year. The Trojans have never advanced to the tournament's championship match.

Against Georgia, USC again gave up the doubles point by dropping matches at the No 1 and 2 spots. But the doubles team of Carine Vermeuen and Melissa Esmero remains undefeated this week, winning at No. 3 with an 8-3 decision over the Bulldogs' Anne Nguyen and Douglas Wink.

Georgia grabbed a 2-0 lead by taking the first singles victory at center court and that marked the last point the Bulldogs would earn.

The Women of Troy swept the remaining five singles matches for the 5-2 victory. Following wins by Maureen Diaz, Tiffany Brymer and Luana Magnani, senior Anita Loyola gave USC its deciding point with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Lori Grey at No. 4. Vermeulen added the finishing touch with a two-set win at No. 6.

#7 USC 5, #3 Georgia 2

Doubles
(1) #15 Grey/Cioroch (UGA) def. #9 Peterson/Brymer (USC) - 8-6
(2) Hojnik/Subbotina (UGA) def. #40 Loyola/Magnani (USC) - 8-6
(3) Vermeuelen/Esmero (USC) def. Nguyen/Wink (UGA) - 8-3
Georgia wins the doubles point.

Singles
(1) #1 Agata Cioroch (UGA) def. #3 Jewel Peterson (USC) - 6-4, 6-3
(2) Luana Magnani (USC) def. #35 Anne Nguyen (UGA) - 6-2, 6-3
(3) #55 Maureen Diaz (USC) def. #60 Tina Hojnik (UGA) - 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
(4) #103 Anita Loyola (USC) def. #123 Lori Grey (UGA) - 6-4, 6-2
(5) Tiffany Brymer (USC) def. Evgenia Subbotina (UGA) - 1-6, 7-5, 6-3
(6) Carine Vermeulen (USC) def. Douglas Wink (UGA) - 6-3, 6-1

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