Tennis Freshman Wins Two Matches At ITA PreQualifier

Oct. 6, 2003

LOS ANGELES - Women's tennis freshman Dianne Matias made a good impression in her first outing with the Women of Troy, falling just one match short of advancing to the qualifying round of the Riviera/ITA All-America Championships. The tournament prequalifier was held last week at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

Matias defeated Tulsa's Ilona Somers, 6-4, 6-2, in the first round and Purdue's Gretchen Haynor, 6-2, 6-1, in the second round. She missed the cut thanks to a 6-0, 6-3 loss to Vanderbilt's Audra Falk in the final match.

Matias also captured a win in the doubles prequalifier. She and partner Melissa Esmero defeated Natalie Frazier and Evgenia Subbotina of Georgia in the first round, 8-6, but were eliminated by Somers and Daniela Muscolino of Tulsa, 8-2.

Four singles players and four doubles teams from the prequalifier advanced to the qualifier, which will take place this Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 7-8.

Sophomore Carine Vermeulen will start competition tomorrow in the qualifier, while Luana Magnani begins play on Oct. 9 in the main draw.

2003 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championship
Oct. 4-5, 2003 - Los Angeles, Calif. (L.A. Tennis Club)

Prequalifying Singles Results

First Round (Round of 64)
Dianne Matias (USC) def. Ilona Somers (Tulsa) - 6-4, 6-2
Melissa Esmero (USC) def. Iona Paun (Clemson) - 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(3)
Jenny Zika (Duke) def. Judy DeVera (USC) - 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
Maria Brito (Clemson) def. Erica Sauer (USC) - 6-2, 6-2

Second Round (Round of 32)
Dianne Matias (USC) def. Gretchen Haynor (Purdue) - 6-2, 6-1
Gitte Ostermann (Nebraska) def. Melissa Esmero (USC) - 6-1, 6-1

Audra Falk (Vanderbilt) def. Dianne Matias (USC) - 6-0, 6-3

Prequalifying Doubles Results

First Round (Round of 32)
Luiz/Endlich (Old Dominion) def. DeVera/Sauer (USC) - 8-6
Sallai/Toth (Washington State) def. Bernadette Bayani/Erin Everly (USC) - 8-6
Esmero/Matias (USC) def. Frazier/Subbotina (Georgia) - 8-6

Second Round (Round of 16)
Muscolino/Somers (Tulsa) def. Esmero/Matias (USC) - 8-2

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