Maria Sanchez Secures Semifinal Spot

Oct. 25, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CAILF. – No. 3 seed Maria Sanchez went up against her own USC teammate in the quarterfinals of singles play at the Wilson/ITA Southwest Regional Championships in San Diego today, and secured a place in Sunday’s semifinals with a powerful win. Sanchez will face No. 6 seeded Andrea Remynse of UCLA in the semifinals.

No. 5-seeded USC freshman Danielle Lao had made quick work of her Round of 16 opponent earlier in the day to earn a place against her junior teammate Maria Sanchez in the afternoon’s quarterfinals. Lao’s 6-1, 6-1 win over Anais Dallaro put her up against Sanchez for the rights to a semifinal slot. Sanchez proved the stronger Trojan on the day, posting a 6-1, 6-2 win over her freshman teammate to take a step into the semis.

On the other side of the bracket, Alison Ramos came up out of reach of a spot in the semis when No. 2 seed Yasmin Schnack of UCLA managed a 6-0, 6-1 win over Ramos in the quarterfinals.

In doubles play, Sanchez added to her workload on the day with a quarterfinal match alongside teammate Valeria Pulido. Pulido/Sanchez were the tournament’s No. 2 seed, and fought out a tight match with No. 5 seed Brown/Hein of ASU, only to take a 9-7 loss to come up short of a doubles semifinal bid.

Wilson/ITA Southwest Regional Championships - San Diego, Calif.

SINGLES
First Round - Oct. 22
Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) - bye
[14] Leyla Entekhabi (USC) - bye [3]
Maria Sanchez (USC) - bye
[5] Danielle Lao (USC) - bye
Valeria Pulido (USC) - bye
Michelle Brycki (ASU) def. Jennifer Goldman (USC) - 6-1, 6-0
[7] Alison Ramos (USC) - bye
Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Estelle La Porte (LMU) -- 6-1, 6-1

Second Round - Oct. 22
[10] Alexandria Walters (PEP) def. Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) - 7-5, 6-4 [14]
Leyla Entekhabi (USC) def. Tania Rice (PEP) - 6-2, 6-4
[3] Maria Sanchez (USC) def. Sierra Ellison (SDSU) - 6-1, 6-0
[5] Danielle Lao (USC) vs. Malorie De la Cruz (CSF) - 6-0, 6-0
Valeria Pulido (USC) def. Tiffany Mai (CSF) - 6-1, 6-2
[7] Alison Ramos (USC) def. Justine Perl (USD) - 6-1, 6-1
[2] Yasmin Schnack (UCLA) def. Cristala Andrews (USC) - 6-3, 6-3

Round of 32 -- Oct. 23
[14] Leyla Entekhabi (USC) def. [17] Ariane Masschelein (ARIZ) – 6-2, 6-1
[3] Maria Sanchez (USC) def. Stephanie Hammel (UCI) – 6-4, 6-2
[5] Danielle Lao (USC) def. [17] Pamela Montez (UCLA) – 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
[8] Micaela Hein (ASU) def. Valeria Pulido (USC) – 7-5, 6-4
[7] Alison Ramos (USC) def. Jordan Dockendorf (UCLA) – 6-2, 6-3

Round of 16 – Oct. 23
[6] Andrea Remynse (UCLA) def. [17] Leyla Entekhabi (USC) – 6-2, 6-0
[3] Maria Sanchez (USC) def. Arianna Colffer (PEP) – 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
[5] Danielle Lao (USC) def. [12] Anais Dallara (LBSU) – 6-1, 6-1
[7] Alison Ramos (USC) def. Julia Trunk (SDSU) – 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

Quarterfinals – Oct. 24
[3] Maria Sanchez (USC) def. [5] Danielle Lao (USC) – 6-1, 6-2
[2] Yasmin Schnack (UCLA) def. [7] Alison Ramos (USC) – 6-1, 6-0

Semifinals
[3] Maria Sanchez (USC) vs. [6] Andrea Remynse (UCLA)

DOUBLES
First Round - Oct. 22
Kinstler/Lao (USC) - bye Andrews/Entekhabi (USC) - bye
[2] Pulido/Sanchez (USC) - bye

Second Round - Oct. 22
Kinstler/Lao (USC) def. Doane/Yang (CSUN) - 9-7
Armstrong/Dallara (LBSU) def. Andrews/Entekhabi (USC) - 8-5
[2] Pulido/Sanchez (USC) def. Cassidy/Hammond (ARIZ) - 8-1

Round of 16 - Oct. 22
[5] Bhargava/Walters (PEP) def. Kinstler/Lao (USC) – 8-6
[2] Pulido/Sanchez (USC) def. Bartlett/Bisharat (UCI) – 8-1

Quarterfinals – Oct. 23
[5] Brown/Hein def. [2] Pulido/Sanchez (USC) – 9-7

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