Gabriella DeSimone reaches singles and doubles semis at the event.
USC men stand at No. 4 and women are No. 5 in the land.
New Trojans shine in San Diego with a run to tomorrow's title match.
Brynn Boren is the big winner for USC with singles and doubles semifinals on tap.
It's been a strong couple days for USC at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships in San Diego.
THIS SEASON: Ellie Yates enters her first second of competition at USC.
2012-13: Yates was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on March 5... Reached the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Invitational Singles Tournament... Went 18-4 overall in singles, going 14-2 in dual matches... Played primarily at the No. 6 position, going 11-2 there... Also played at No. 5 (3-0)... Went 8-1 overall in doubles, going 7-0 in dual matches... Was 6-1 with Giuliana Olmos, going 5-0 in dual matches... Also paired with Valeria Pulido (1-0, 1-0) and Zoë Scandalis (1-0, 1-0).
HIGH SCHOOL: Yates is a 2012 graduate of Jackson Academy in Jackson, Miss.... Named the 2010 and 2011 Mississippi Junior Player of the Year... A three-time winner of Mississippi's Sports Hall of Fame award... Won six state championships playing at the No. 1 singles position from seventh grade to senior year... Place third in the south 12s, 16s and 18s... Was undefeated for the Southern team in 2010 intersectionals and went 5-1 in the 2011 event... Also competed in track all four years, setting the school record for the 100- and 400-meter dash... An honor student.
PERSONAL: Ellie Susan Yates was born Aug. 8, 1993 in Jackson, Miss.... Daughter of Gene and Kendall... Has a brother, Gene, and a sister, Turner... Her grandfather Gunner Schull was an All-American soccer player and lacrosse player at Duke... Her mother Kendall played tennis at SMU... Enjoys spending time with friends and shopping in her free time... Lists Rafael Nadal as her biggest sports hero... Would like to travel to Italy... Has not decided on a major.
YATES' CAREER STATISTICS