Freshman Lindsey Nelson To Play For Regional Championship

Oct. 24, 2004

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - USC women's tennis freshman Lindsey Nelson (Villa Park, Calif.) earned a spot in the singles final after capturing another upset victory on Sunday, Oct. 24, at the ITA Women's Western Regional Championships at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

Nelson, who had already defeated four ranked or seeded opponents in the first four rounds, got past eighth-seeded Elena Gantcheve of UNLV, 6-3, 6-4, this afternoon in the semifinals. She will face 9-16 seed Riza Zalameda of UCLA on Monday for the singles championship.

The Trojans' freshman class of Nelson and Nicole Leimbach (Colorado Springs, Colo.) has more than proven they will play a part in the Women of Troy lineup this season. Leimbach advanced to the quarterfinals of the Riviera/ITA All-America Championship two weeks ago. This week, she again reached the quarterfinals before falling to top-seed Dianne Hollands of Arizona, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6, on Saturday.

USC also enjoyed a number of upset victories in doubles. Nelson and junior Carine Vermeulen beat Arizona's top-seeded and top-ranked Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar, 8-3, in the quarterfinals, while sophomores Anca Anastasiu and Judy DeVera got past third-seeded Lauren Colalillo and Sabrina Capannolo of ASU, 8-2, in the Round of 16. Both pairs eventually fell in the semis.

Sophomore Dianne Matias made the most of her appearance in the consolation singles rounds by winning four matches to move into the finals. On Sunday, she defeated Arizona's Mlakar, ranked No. 102 in singles, in a tight three-set match, 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(5). Matias will face Sarah Gregg of UCLA in the consolation final on Monday.

The main draw singles and doubles regional champions advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships held Nov. 4-7 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Following are complete tournament results:

ITA Women's Western Regional ChampionshipsSan 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)
Lindsey Nelson (USC) vs. (9-16) Riza Zalameda (UCLA)

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) vs. Sarah Gregg (UCLA)

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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