Freshman Nicole Leimbach Advances To Main Draw

Oct. 7, 2004

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - USC women's tennis freshman Nicole Leimbach captured three victories in the qualifying rounds of the 2004-05 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championship, Oct. 5-6, to earn a spot in the tournament's main draw. Leimbach will vie for the championship this week, Oct. 7-10, at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades.

In her first collegiate tournament, Leimbach defeated Dominika Dieskova of Oregon, 6-0, 6-2, Caitlin Burke of Wisconsin, 6-3, 6-2, and Ashlee Davis of Wake Forest, 6-3, 6-2, to advance. She will face Daria Panova of Oregon in the first round of the main draw.

USC had four total players competeing in the qualifier. Sixth-seeded Anca Anastasiu defeated Megan Rancette of Iowa, 6-3, 6-3, in the opener, but fell to Story Tweedie-Yates of Stanford, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, in the second round. Carine Vermeulen and Dianne Matias, who advanced by winning three matches in the pre-qualifier, were both eliminated in the first round.

Leimbach and Vermeulen also competed in doubles, but were defeated by Hillary Mintz and Rancette of Iowa, 8-6.

The tournament, which culminates with the main draw championship this weekend, is the first of three ITA national and singles and doubles championship throughout the year. This premier hard court event of the fall collegiate season features the top players in NCAA Division I tennis.

The Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships date back to 1983 when Georgia's Lisa Spain won the inaugural title. Several past champions have gone on to professional careers. In 1999 the University of San Diego's Zuzana Lesenarova made history at the Riviera when she won her record fifth national collegiate singles title. Stanford boasts the most singles and doubles champions at this event with a total of eight, and Texas is not far behind with six. Duke's Kelly McCain topped Old Dominion's Nataly Cahana in last year's singles final; Vanderbilt's Sarah Riske and Aleke Tsoubanos won the doubles title.

Riviera/ITA All-America Championship
Qualifying Rounds - Oct. 5-6

First Round Singles
Zerene Reyes (Florida) def. (11) Carine Vermeulen (USC) - 6-1, 6-2
(15) Nicole Leimbach (USC) def. Dominika Dieskova (Oregon) - 6-0, 6-2
(6) Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Megan Rancette (Iowa) - 6-3, 6-3
Audra Cohen (Nwestern) def. Dianne Matias (USC) - 6-2, 6-0

Second Round Singles
(15) Nicole Leimbach (USC) def. Caitlin Burke (Wisc.) - 6-3, 6-2
Story Tweedie-Yates (Stanford) def. (6) Anca Anastasiu (USC) - 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

Third Round Singles
(15) Nicole Leimbach (USC) def. Ashlee Davis (Wake Forest) - 6-3, 6-2

First Round Doubles
Mintz/Rancette (Iowa) def. Leimbach/Vermeulen (USC) - 8-6

Riviera/ITA All-America Championship
Prequalifying Rounds - Oct. 2-4

First Round Singles
Yulia Rivelis (Penn) def. Judy DeVera (USC) - 6-2, 6-3
Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. Amy Cao (Rice) - 6-1, 6-2
Dianne Matias (USC0 def. Clara Peterson (Sac St) - 7-5, 1-0 ret.

Second Round Singles
Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. Alison Silverio (GTech) - 6-2, 6-3
Dianne Matias (USC) def. Amy Wasgenbach (Purdue) - 6-4, 6-3

Third Round Singles
Zsuzana Fodor (Miss St) def. Lindsey Nelson (USC) - 6-2, 6-4
Dianne Matias (USC) def. Tory Zawacki (Duke) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

First Round Doubles
Benik/Frangulyan (Florida) def. Anastasiu/Sauer (USC) - 8-4
Matias/Nelson (USC) def. Kirchen/Zhurim (CSU) - 8-0
Everly/Snyder (USC) def. Chong/Patenaude (Rice) - withdrew

Second Round Doubles
Matias/Nelson (USC) def. Saaibi/Valdes (Tulane) - 8-3
O'Riain/Wang (Harvard) def. Everly/Snyder (USC) - 8-0

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