Sarah Fansler Wins ITA West Regional Singles Crown
Oct. 23, 2006
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. - USC freshman Sarah Fansler never lost a set in her run through the ITA Western Regionals, capping off a stellar first appearance at the tournament with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over UCLA's Yasmin Schnack in the singles championship on Monday morning in San Diego, Calif. The closest anyone had come to taking a set from Fansler was Pepperdine's No. 2 seeded Bianca Dulgheru in the semifinals, but Fansler held strong in her first-set tiebreaker en route to a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory that pushed the freshman into the championship match against No. 13 seed Schnack.
Aside from 2003's tournament that was cancelled after the quarterfinals due to area fires, there has been a USC player in every ITA Western Regional singles final since 1998. Current Trojans Amanda Fink and Lindsey Nelson also reached the final in their freshman seasons, with Fink winning the title in 2005 and Nelson coming in second in 2004. Before that, Jewel Peterson won the title all four years (1999-2002), and Ditta Huber won in 1998.
But ITA Regional action still is not over for Fansler. She is teamed up with Dianne Matias in doubles action, and the pair is lined up to face fellow USC duo Anca Anastasiu / Julie Smekodub in the doubles championship match on Thursday. The match will be held at USC at 12:30 p.m. Jewel Peterson was the last Trojan to claim both singles and doubles, achieving the ITA Western Regional sweep in 2002.
In consolation singles action, USC freshman Katja Decker-Sadowski lost in the consolation final 6-2, 6-4 to Hawaii's S. Maharaj-Walkup.
Sarah Fansler's SINGLES RUN
Thursday, Oct. 19
(12) Sarah Fansler (USC) def. H.R. Espiritu (USR) - 6-0, 6-0
Saturday, Oct. 21
(12) Sarah Fansler (USC) def. (4) Riza Zalameda (UCLA) - 6-3, 7-5
Sunday, Oct. 22
(12) Sarah Fansler (USC) def. (2) Bianca Dulgheru (PEP) - 7-6 (5), 6-2
Monday, Oct. 23
(12) Sarah Fansler (USC) def. (13) Yasmin Schnack (UCLA) - 6-1, 6-4
Past USC ITA Western Regional Finalists
2006: Sarah Fansler (1st)
2005: Amanda Fink (1st)
2004: Lindsey Nelson (2nd)
2003: Tournament cancelled after quarterfinals
2002: Jewel Peterson (1st)
2001: Jewel Peterson (1st)
2000: Jewel Peterson (1st)
1999: Jewel Peterson (1st)
1998: Ditta Huber (1st)