Maria Sanchez Claims Back-To-Back ITA Regional Crowns

Oct. 26, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. - USC junior Maria Sanchez put forth another powerful comeback effort at the Wilson/ITA Southwest Regional Championships, as the Trojan shrugged off a tight tiebreaker loss in the first set and battled her way back to take her second straight ITA regional singles championship with a 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-4 win over UCLA's Yasmin Schnack.

Last year, Sanchez was up against her fellow Trojan teammate Alison Ramos in the title match. This year, Sanchez had to pass up another teammate in the quarterfinal round, as she beat USC freshman Danielle Lao to move into a semifinal rematch with UCLA's Andrea Remynse. That Trojan-Bruin pair had clashed in last year's semi, and Sanchez again upended UCLA's Remynse with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 comeback effort yesterday to take a step toward defending that 2008 regional title.

Against No. 2 seed Yasmin Schnack in the championship match today, No. 3 seed Sanchez slipped in a hard-fought tiebreaker in the first set. Tied up 5-5 in the second set, Sanchez held strong and got a late break to win and gather some momentum for the third set. A break of Schnack helped Sanchez roll on to the big win, finishing up a 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-4 decision in the title match.

With her winning run through this year's Wilson/ITA Southwest Regionals, Sanchez earns an automatic berth at the coming ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, held Nov. 5-8 at Yale. Ranked No. 17 in the nation for the preseason, Sanchez now holds a 6-2 overall singles record.

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 - Oct. 25
[3] Maria Sanchez (USC) def. [6] Andrea Remynse (UCLA) - 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Final - Oct. 26
[3] Maria Sanchez (USC) def. [2] Yasmin Schnack (UCLA) - 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-4

CONSOLATION SINGLES
Round of 64 - Oct. 22
Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Anna Yang - 6-2, 6-0
Deborah Castany def. Jennifer Goldman (USC) - 6-3, 6-3
Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) - bye

Round of 32 - Oct. 23
Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Maria Raygada - 6-1, 6-0
Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) def. Taylor Raney - 6-4, 6-3

Round of 16 - Oct. 16
Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Lee Marbach - 6-4, 6-1
Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) def. Jaklin Alawi - 6-1, 6-2

Quarterfinals - Oct. 24
Cristala Andrews (USC) def. Sianna Simmons - 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4)
Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) def. Tania Rice - 7-6 (6), 6-4

Semifinals - Oct. 24
Stephanie Hoffpauir def. Cristala Andrews (USC) - 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (8)
Brooke Bartlett def Lyndsay Kinstler (USC) - 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

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

CONSOLATION DOUBLES
Round of 32 - Oct. 22
Andrews/Entekhabi (USC) - bye

Round of 16 - Oct. 22
Andrews/Entekhabi (USC) def. Gledden/Lozano - 8-2

Quarterfinals - Oct. 23
Andrews/Entekhabi (USC) def. Nafarrete/Tadaki - 8-4

Semifinals - Oct. 24
Andrews/Entekhabi (USC) def. Doane/Yang - 9-7

Final - Oct. 25
Andrews/Entekhabi (USC) def. Ellison/Ellison (SDSU) - 8-6

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