Jewel Peterson Captures Singles And Doubles Titles At Omni Hotels West Region Championship

Oct. 28, 2002

San Diego, Calif. - Senior Jewel Peterson completed a sweep on Monday at the 2002 Omni Hotel West Region Championship by winning both the singles and doubles titles with partner Tiffany Brymer. Peterson, who also claimed the regional title in 2000 and 2001, becomes the first-ever three-time tournament champion.

With the singles and doubles victories, Peterson and Brymer earned spots in the Omni Hotels National Indoor Championships scheduled for Nov. 7-10 at the Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, Texas, near Dallas.

The entire Women of Troy lineup enjoyed great success at this year's four-day tournament held at San Diego State. In addition to Peterson's singles performance, Brymer and senior Maureen Diaz advanced to the singles quarterfinals, fellow senior Anita Loyola advanced to the third round and junior Melissa Esmero made it to the second round.

In doubles, the team of Diaz and Loyola advanced to the semifinals before falling to eventual runner-up Mhairi Brown and Cindy Sureephong of Arizona State, 8-5. Esmero and junior Bernadette Bayani advanced to the second round.

The top-seeded Peterson made it through the first four rounds with two-set victories over Anya Loncaric of UCLA (6-0, 7-5), Joslyn Burkett of Arizona State (6-0, 6-4), ninth-seeded Dianne Hollands of Arizona (6-2, 6-3) and Trojan teammate Brymer (6-2, 6-1). She faced her toughest challenge in the semifinals against No. 4 seed Maja Mlakar of Arizona and endured two close sets to win 7-6, 5-7, 6-3. Peterson easily defeated UCLA's Sara Walker, 6-2, 6-2, for the championship.

Competing in the doubles tournament simultaneously, Peterson and Brymer were on a winning streak and had little difficulty through the five rounds. In the opener, the USC tandem defeated Anne Rapp and Tara Livesay of San Diego, 8-2, then beat UCLA's Mariko Fritz-Krockow and Shilpa Joshi, 8-3. In the quarterfinals, Peterson and Brymer got past Tereza Simonyan and Inga Chillingar of Cal State Northridge, 8-5, then defeated Jennifer Bowman and Tiffany Chang of UCI, 8-3 in the semis to advance to the finals. The doubles final featured a familiar match-up as the Women of Troy duo beat ASU's Brown and Sureephong, 8-4, for the title.

Following are USC's complete tournament results:

Omni Hotels West Regional Championship
San Diego, Calif.

Singles Main Draw
First Round (Oct. 25)
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Anya Loncaric (UCLA) - 6-0, 7-5
Tiffany Brymer (USC) def. Kristy Randondo (Ariz) - 7-6(6), 6-3
Anita Loyola (USC) def. Agnieseka Abram (UNLV) - 7-5, 8-2
Monica Horvath (Pepp) def. Bernadette Bayani (USC) - 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Maureen Diaz (USC) def. Lauren Perl (USD) - 6-4, 7-5
Melissa Esmero (USC) def. Penka Fileva (LMU) - 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Second Round (Oct. 25)
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Joslyn Burkett (ASU) - 6-0, 6-4
Tiffany Brymer (USC) def. Mhairi Brown (ASU) - 6-1, 6-2
Anita Loyola (USC) def. Tiffany Chang (UCI) - 7-5, 8-3
Maureen Diaz (USC) def. Cindy Sureephong (ASU) - 6-3, 6-4
Lindsay Hedberg (SDSU) def. Melissa Esmero (USC) - 6-3, 6-2

Third Round (Oct. 26)
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Dianne Hollands (Ariz) - 6-2, 6-3
Tiffany Brymer (USC) def. Pauline Janus (UNLV) - 6-2, 6-1
Adria Engel (ASU) def. Anita Loyola (USC) - 6-1, 6-0
Maureen Diaz (USC) def. Charlotte Vernaz (Pepp) - 6-4, 7-5

Quarterfinal (Oct. 27)
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Tiffany Brymer (USC) - 6-2, 6-1
Sara Walker (UCLA) def. Maureen Diaz (USC) - 6-3, 6-2

Semifinal (Oct. 27)
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Maja Miakar (Ariz) - 7-6, 5-7, 6-3

Final (Oct. 28)
Jewel Peterson (USC) def. Sara Walker (UCLA) - 6-2, 6-2

Doubles Main Draw
First Round (Oct. 26)

Brymer/Peterson (USC) def. Rapp/Liveaay (USD) - 8-2
Diaz/Loyola (USC) def. Thomas/Marvel (LBSU) - 8-0
Esmero/Bayani (USC) def. Inapulat/Sisoe (CSUF) - 8-2

Second Round (Oct. 26)
Brymer/Peterson (USC) def. Fritz-Kockow/Joahl (UCLA) - 8-3
Diaz/Loyola (USC) def. Brown/Kazarian (USD) - 8-6
Brown/Sureephong (ASU) def. Esmero/Bayani (USC) - 8-6

Quarterfinal (Oct. 27)
Brymer/Peterson (USC) def. Simonyan/Chillingar (CSUN) - 8-5
Diaz/Loyola (USC) def. Vernaz/Koksova (Pepp) - 8-6

Semifinal (Oct. 27)
Brymer/Peterson (USC) def. Bowman/Chang (UCI) - 8-3
Brown/Sureephong (ASU) def. Diaz/Loyola (USC) - 8-5

Final (Oct. 28)
Brymer/Peterson (USC) def. Brown/Sureephong (ASU) - 8-4

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