Three Women Of Troy Move Into Semifinals At ITA Championships

Oct. 27, 2001

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- USC women's tennis continues to dominate at the 2001 Omni Hotels ITA Western Regional Championship, advancing three players to the singles Semifinals and three doubles teams to the Quarterfinals after Saturday's (Oct. 27) matches at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

With wins over Heather Polumbus of San Diego and Sarah Gregg of UCLA on Saturday, third seed Maureen Diaz will face top-seeded Sara Walker of UCLA in the Semifinals. Walker defeated USC's Anita Loyola 7-6 (1), 6-2 to advance.

The second Semifinal match will pit USC teammates Luana Magnani and Jewel Peterson. Magnani cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win over LMU's Penka Fileva in the Round of 16 and defeated Jonni Seymour of UC Irvine 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the Quarterfinal. Second-seeded Peterson earned a 6-2, 6-4 win over Lindsey Hedberg of host San Diego State and a 6-0, 6-4 victory over teammate Bernadette Bayani to advance.

In doubles play, USC represents three of eight teams who move into the Quarterfinal round of competition. Top-seeded Peterson and Tiffany Brymer posted 8-4 and 8-3 wins over teams from LMU and Arizona. The duo will face Charlotte Vernaz and Aleksis Kujawska of Pepperdine in the Quarterfinals.

Fifth-seeded Loyola and Magnani face UCLA's No. 4 seed tandem of Petya Marinova and Sara Walker on Sunday. The pair defeated teams from UCI and Long Beach State 8-3 and 8-4, respectively, in the first two rounds. Bayani and Diaz advanced to the quarterfinal round with wins over UCI and UNLV (8-3 and 8-6) on Saturday. The duo will face Bruins Sarah Gregg and Catherine Hawley on Sunday.

The tournament, which began with qualifying rounds on Thursday, features 16 teams in the western region. Play continues through Monday at the Barnes Center and is free to the public.

2001 Omni Hotels ITA Southwest Regional Championship

Round of 16 (Oct. 27)
Anita Loyola (USC) def. Charlotte Vernaz (Pepp) - 6-1, 6-1
Maureen Diaz (USC) def. Heather Polumbus (USD) - 6-4, 6-3
Luana Magnani (USC) def. Penka Fileva (LMU) - 6-0, 6-1
Bernadette Bayani (USC) def. Petya Marinova (UCLA) - 6-1, 7-6 (9)
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Lindsey Hedberg (SDSU) - 6-2, 6-4

Quarterfinal (Oct. 27)
Sara Walker (UCLA) def. Anita Loyola (USC) - 7-6 (1), 6-2
Maureen Diaz (USC) def. Sarah Gregg (UCLA) - 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-2
Luana Magnani (USC) def. Jonni Seymour (UCI) - 7-6 (5), 6-3
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Bernadette Bayani (USC) - 6-0, 6-4

Semifinal (Oct. 28)
Maureen Diaz (USC) vs. Sara Walker (UCLA)
Luana Magnani (USC) vs. Jewel Peterson (USC)

Round of 16 (Oct. 27)

Brymer/Peterson (USC) def. Hladik/Fileva (LMU) - 8-4
Loyola/Magnani (USC) def. Boss/Posner (UCI) - 8-3
Bayani/Diaz (USC) def. Chang/Seymour (UCI) - 8-3

Brymer/Peterson (USC) def. Pernin/Larocque (Ariz) - 8-3
Loyola/Magnani (USC) def. Marvel/Thomas (LBSU) - 8-4
Bayani/Diaz (USC) def. Chong/Hadziosmanovic (UNLV) - 8-6

Brymer/Peterson (USC) vs. Vernaz/Kujawska (Pepp)
Loyola/Magnani (USC) vs. Walker/Marinova (UCLA)
Bayani/Diaz (USC) vs. Gregg/Hawley (UCLA)

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