Leimbach Captures Two Upset Victories At ITAs

Oct. 9, 2004

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - USC women's tennis freshman Nicole Leimbach impressed many as she advanced to the semifinal round of the 2004-05 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championship before falling to fourth-ranked Julie Coin of Clemson. The Trojan newcomer won three matches in the qualifying rounds then captured two more wins in this week's main draw.

Leimbach upset Oregon's eighth-ranked Daria Panova, 6-4, 6-3 in the opening round on Thursday, then beat 23rd-ranked Shadisha Robinson of Georgia, 6-3, 7-5, in Friday's quarterfinal. Later that day, Leimbach fell to Coin, 6-1, 6-4, to end her run.

Coin was defeated by Audra Cohen of Northwestern in the semifinals. Cohen will face teammate and top-ranked Cristelle Grier in Sunday's final.

The two-week tournament is the first of three ITA national and singles and doubles championship throughout the year. This premier hard court event of the fall collegiate season features the top players in NCAA Division I tennis.

The Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships date back to 1983 when Georgia's Lisa Spain won the inaugural title. Several past champions have gone on to professional careers. In 1999 the University of San Diego's Zuzana Lesenarova made history at the Riviera when she won her record fifth national collegiate singles title. Stanford boasts the most singles and doubles champions at this event with a total of eight, and Texas is not far behind with six. Duke's Kelly McCain topped Old Dominion's Nataly Cahana in last year's singles final; Vanderbilt's Sarah Riske and Aleke Tsoubanos won the doubles title.

Following are complete tournament results.

Riviera/ITA All-America Championship
Main Draw - Oct. 7-10

First Round Singles
Nicole Leimbach (USC) def. #8 Daria Panova (Oregon) - 6-4, 6-3

Quarterfinal
Nicole Leimbach (USC) def. #23 Shadisha Robinson (Georgia) - 6-3, 7-5

Semifinal
#4 Julie Coin (Clemson) def. Nicole Leimbach (USC) - 6-1, 6-4

Riviera/ITA All-America Championship
Qualifying Rounds - Oct. 5-6

First Round Singles
Zerene Reyes (Florida) def. (11) Carine Vermeulen (USC) - 6-1, 6-2
(15) Nicole Leimbach (USC) def. Dominika Dieskova (Oregon) - 6-0, 6-2
(6) Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Megan Rancette (Iowa) - 6-3, 6-3
Audra Cohen (Nwestern) def. Dianne Matias (USC) - 6-2, 6-0

Second Round Singles
(15) Nicole Leimbach (USC) def. Caitlin Burke (Wisc.) - 6-3, 6-2
Story Tweedie-Yates (Stanford) def. (6) Anca Anastasiu (USC) - 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

Third Round Singles
(15) Nicole Leimbach (USC) def. Ashlee Davis (Wake Forest) - 6-3, 6-2

First Round Doubles
Mintz/Rancette (Iowa) def. Leimbach/Vermeulen (USC) - 8-6

Riviera/ITA All-America Championship
Prequalifying Rounds - Oct. 2-4

First Round Singles
Yulia Rivelis (Penn) def. Judy DeVera (USC) - 6-2, 6-3
Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. Amy Cao (Rice) - 6-1, 6-2
Dianne Matias (USC0 def. Clara Peterson (Sac St) - 7-5, 1-0 ret.

Second Round Singles
Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. Alison Silverio (GTech) - 6-2, 6-3
Dianne Matias (USC) def. Amy Wasgenbach (Purdue) - 6-4, 6-3

Third Round Singles
Zsuzana Fodor (Miss St) def. Lindsey Nelson (USC) - 6-2, 6-4
Dianne Matias (USC) def. Tory Zawacki (Duke) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

First Round Doubles
Benik/Frangulyan (Florida) def. Anastasiu/Sauer (USC) - 8-4
Matias/Nelson (USC) def. Kirchen/Zhurim (CSU) - 8-0
Everly/Snyder (USC) def. Chong/Patenaude (Rice) - withdrew

Second Round Doubles
Matias/Nelson (USC) def. Saaibi/Valdes (Tulane) - 8-3
O'Riain/Wang (Harvard) def. Everly/Snyder (USC) - 8-0

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