Anastasiu To Compete For Singles Title

Nov. 7, 2004

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The USC women's tennis team had to beat itself to reach the finals of the Fall Desert Collegiate Classic on Sunday, Nov. 7. Trojan sophomore Anca Anastasiu defeated teammate Dianne Matias in the semifinals to advance to Monday's title match. Matias had previously defeated teammate Carine Vermeulen in the quarterfinal.

Of the eight players who reached the quarterfinals played on Sunday morning at the Desert Princess Tennis Club, three were Women of Troy. Anastasiu, Matias and Vermeulen all advanced past the first three rounds of the four-day tourney. Judy DeVera, USC's fourth tournament participant, was eliminated in the opener by Pepperdine's Eva Dickes.

The unseeded Matias defeated Vermeulen, the tournament's No. 3 seed, in the quarterfinal, 6-2, 6-1, while Anastasiu, seeded second, beat UCLA's Tracy Lin, 6-4, 6-2, to move into the semifinal.

Anastasiu will face Bianca Dulgheru of Pepperdine in tomorrow's tournament final at 10 a.m.

USC also had two teams competing in doubles. Matias and DeVera advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Laura Gordon and Elizabeth Lumpkin of UCLA, 9-8 (5). Anastasiu and Vermeulen made it into the semifinals before falling to Pepperdine's second-seeded Caroline Raba and Sylvia Kosakowski, 8-2.

Following are complete tournament results:

Fall Desert Collegiate Classic
Palm Springs, Calif. - Nov. 5-8

MAIN DRAW SINGLES

First Round (Nov. 5)
(2) #33 Anca Anastasiu (USC) - bye
(3) #40 Carine Vermeulen (USC) - bye
Dianne Matias (USC) def. Stephanie Balzart (Arizona) - 6-3, 6-3
Eva Dickes (Pepp) def. Judy DeVera (USC) - 6-4, 6-2

Second Round (Nov. 5)
(2) #33 Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Sarah Gregg (UCLA) - 4-1, retired (inj.)
(3) #40 Carine Vermeulen (USC) def. Ristine Olson (Texas) - 7-6(4), 6-2
Dianne Matias (USC) def. (7) Kathrin Winterhalter (Fresno St) - 7-5, 6-3

Round of 16 (Nov. 6)
(2) #33 Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Lucia Sainz (Fresno St) - 6-1, 6-4
(3) #40 Carine Vermeulen (USC) def. Sylvia Kosakowski (Pepp) - 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-0
Dianne Matias (USC) def. Elizabeth Lumpkin (UCLA) - 6-4, 7-5

Quarterfinals (Nov. 7)
(2) #33 Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Tracy Lin (UCLA) - 6-4, 6-2
Dianne Matias (USC) def. (3) #40 Carine Vermeulen (USC) - 6-2, 6-1

Semifinals (Nov. 7)
#33 Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Dianne Matias (USC) -

Final (Nov. 8)
#33 Anca Anastasiu (USC) vs. Bianca Dulgheru (Pepp) - 10 a.m.

MAIN DRAW DOUBLES

First Round (Nov. 5)
Matias/DeVera (USC) - bye
Anastasiu/Vermeulen (USC) def. Dizdar/Olson (Texas) - 8-6

Round of 16 (Nov. 5)
Matias/DeVera (USC) def. Zrustova/Zemenova (Baylor) - 8-2
Anastasiu/Vermeulen (USC) def. (3) Winterhalter/Tallo (Fresno St) - 8-6

Quarterfinals (Nov. 6)
Gordon/Lumpkin (UCLA) def. Matias/DeVera (USC) - 9-8(5)
Anastasiu/Vermeulen (USC) def. Fermin/Tanner (LMU) - 8-3

Semifinals (Nov. 6)
(2) #54 Raba/Kosakowski (Pepp) def. Anastasiu/Vermeulen (USC) - 8-2

CONSOLATION SINGLES

Round of 16 (Nov. 6)
Anna Bentzer (UCI) def. Judy DeVera (USC) - 6-3, 6-1

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