Dianne Matias Wins Consolation Title, Nelson Falls In Main Draw Final

Oct. 25, 2004

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -The USC women's tennis team had a shot at two titles on the final day of competition at the Wilson/ITA Regional Championship at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. Trojan sophomore Dianne Matias (Torrance, Calif.) defeated UCLA's Sarah Gregg to win the consolation singles crown, while freshman Lindsey Nelson (Villa Park, Calif.) completed her championship run with a loss to Riza Zalameda, also of UCLA, in the main draw final.

After dropping her main draw tournament opener, Matias won five-straight matches in the consolation rounds, including the 6-4, 6-3 win over Gregg in this afternoon's final.

In only her second outing at USC, Nelson upset five ranked or seeded opponents to reach the main draw title match. Despite a competitive first set, 9-16 seed Zalameda got past Nelson, 7-5, 6-3, for the championship.

Both Nelson and Zalameda earned a spot at the ITA National Indoor Championships, Nov. 4-7 in Ann Arbor, Mich. USC freshman Nicole Leimbach will also compete at the national tourney thanks to her earlier performance at the Riviera ITA All-America Championship.

Following are complete tournament results:

ITA Women's Western Regional Championships
San Diego, Calif. - Oct. 22-25

MAIN DRAW SINGLES

First Round (Oct. 22)
(7) Nicole Leimbach (USC) def. Tracy Lin (UCLA) - 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Anne Claire Ortiz-Luis (UNLV) def. (6) #40 Carine Vermeulen (USC) - 7-6(6), 7-6(6)
Nicole Bouffler (LBSU) def. Judy DeVera (USC) - 6-2, 6-1
Bianca Dougheru (PEPP) def. #33 Anca Anastasiu (USC) - 6-3, 6-2
Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. #102 Maja Mlakar (ARIZ) - 6-2, 6-2
Sabrina Capannolo (ASU) def. Dianne Matias (USC) - 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-0

Second Round (Oct. 22)
(7) Nicole Leimbach (USC) def. Cindy Trebor (UNLV) - 6-1, 6-1
Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. Wendy Pilecka (ASU) - 6-4, 6-2

Round of 16 (Oct. 23)
(7) Nicole Leimbach (USC) def. Alesya Vidov (SDSU) - 6-0, 6-2
Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. (5) #35 Emma Murphy (USD) - 6-1, 6-3

Quarterfinals (Oct. 23)
(1) #7 Dianne Hollands (ARIZ) def. (7) Nicole Leimbach (USC) - 6-3, 1-6, 7-6
Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. #108 Anna Bentzer (UCI) - 6-4, 6-3

Semifinals (Oct. 24)
Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. (8) Elena Gantcheva (UNLV) - 6-3, 6-4

Final (Oct. 25)
(9-16) Riza Zalameda (UCLA) def. Lindsey Nelson (USC) - 7-5, 6-3

MAIN DRAW DOUBLES

First Round (Oct. 22)
Nelson/Vermeulen (USC) def. Rankin/Tomas (ASU) - WO
Anastasiu/DeVera (USC) def. Balzart/Perry (ARIZ) - 8-5
Leimbach/Matias (USC) def. Gutierrez/Furuta (CSUN) - 8-2

Round of 16 (Oct. 23)
Nelson/Vermeulen (USC) def. Gordon/McGoodwin (UCLA) - 8-5
Anastasiu/DeVera (USC) def. (3) Colalillo-Capannola (ASU) - 8-2
(2) Zalameda/Bercek (UCLA) def. Leimbach/Matias (USC) - 8-6

Quarterfinals (Oct. 24)
Nelson/Vermeulen (USC) def. (1) #1 Hollands/Mlakar (ARIZ) - 8-3
Anastasiu/DeVera (USC) def. Dickes/Dulgheru (PEPP) - 9-8(7)

Semifinals (Oct. 24)
Pilecka/Burkett (ASU) def. Nelson/Vermeulen (USC) - 8-3
(2) #17 Zalameda/Bercek (UCLA) def. Anastasiu/DeVera (USC) - 8-2

CONSOLATION SINGLES

First Round (Oct. 22)
(6) #40 Carine Vermeulen (USC) def. Kady Pooler (ASU) - 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Brittaney Reitz (USD) def. Judy DeVera (USC) - 6-1, 6-2
#33 Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Laura Gordon (UCLA) - 6-4, 6-4
Dianne Matias (USC) def. Kasia Jakolew (ARIZ) - 6-2, 6-2

Round of 16 (Oct. 23)
Tara Livesay (USD) def. (6) #40 Carine Vermeulen (USC) - 6-4, 6-3
#33 Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Sandra Rocha (LBSU) - 6-2, 6-0
Dianne Matias (USC) def. Anva Loncaric (UCLA) - 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-2

Quarterfinals (Oct. 23)
#102 Maja Mlakar (ARIZ) def. #33 Anca Anastasiu (USC) - 6-2, 6-4
Dianne Matias (USC) def. Inna Agababian (UCI) - 6-1, 6-1

Semifinals (Oct. 24)
Dianne Matias (USC) def. #102 Maja Mlakar (ARIZ) - 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(5)

Final (Oct. 25)
Dianne Matias (USC) def. Sarah Gregg (UCLA) - 6-4, 6-3

QUALIFYING SINGLES

First Round (Oct. 21)
Judy DeVera (USC) def. Ashley Hunt (NAU) - 6-2, 6-0

Round of 16 Qualifier (Oct. 21)
Judy DeVera (USC) def. Patricia Hubl (LMU) - 6-2, 6-2

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