Third-Ranked Women of Troy Sink No. 34 Waves, 5-2

Feb. 15, 2003

MALIBU, Calif. - The third-ranked USC women's tennis team defeated No. 34 Pepperdine 5-2 Saturday afternoon at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu. With the win the Women of Troy improve to 6-1, while the Waves fall to 5-3.

The Waves, who fell to UCLA on Friday, started the afternoon with a strong victory at No. 1 doubles when they upset USC's Jewel Peterson and Tiffany Brymer, 8-2. But the Trojans made up for the loss by winning at courts 2 and 3 to earn the doubles point and enter singles play ahead 1-0.

Both Peterson and Brymer bounced back in singles without a problem. Peterson easily defeated Pepperdine's Natalie Braverman, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 1 and Brymer followed with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 win over Veronica Koksova at No. 6.

Despite Pepperdine wins at the No. 2 and 3 positions, USC clinched the victory when Melissa Esmero downed Anna Andersson by scores of 6-1, 6-7 (0), 6-0 at No. 6.

The Women of Troy travel to Arizona this week to face the Wildcats on Friday, Feb. 21, and the Sun Devils on Saturday, Feb. 22.

#3 USC 5, #34 Pepperdine

Doubles
(1) #52 Koksova/Vernaz (Pepp) def. #9 Brymer/Peterson (USC) - 8-2
(2) #40 Loyola/Magnani (USC) def. Braverman/Asimgil (Pepp) - 8-6
(3) Esmero/Vermeulen (USC) def. Andersson/Schlapbach (Pepp) - 8-5USC wins doubles point.

Singles
(1) #3 Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Natalie Braverman (Pepp) - 6-4, 6-4
(2) #91 Charlotte Vernaz (Pepp) def. Luana Magnani (USC) - 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5)
(3) Merve Asimgil (Pepp) def. #103 Anita Loyola (USC) - 6-2, 6-2
(4) #90 Tiffany Brymer (USC) def. Veronica Koksova (Pepp) - 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
(5) Carine Vermeulen (USC) def. Karin Schlapbach (Pepp) - 6-7 (4), 6-3, 2-0 ret.
(6) Melissa Esmero (USC) def. Anna Andersson (Pepp) - 6-1, 6-7 (0), 6-0

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