Jewel Peterson enters her fourth season at USC ... A returning ITA singles and doubles All-American ... Ranked No. 3 in ITA preseason singles rankings and No. 9 in doubles with partner Tiffany Brymer ... Posted an 11-2 record in fall tournaments ... Captured the Omni Hotels West Regional Singles and Doubles Championship with Brymer ... The pair posted a 6-1 fall record ... Qualified for the Omni National Championship in singles, advancing to the finals before falling to Georgia's Agata Cioroch for the title.
Peterson solidified her position among the top 10 players in Division I with an outstanding junior campaign... Playing at No. 1, she posted a 39-9 overall singles record and 21-4 record in dual matches... Finished the season ranked No. 8 in the ITA singles rankings and earned her third straight ITA Singles All-American honor... Also posted a 27-14 overall doubles record at the No. 1 position and an 18-8 dual match record with partner Tiffany Brymer... The pair earned ITA Doubles All-American honors and a No. 8 final ITA ranking... A Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection and USC Marks Scholar-Athlete... She was ranked No. 13 in singles and No. 10 in doubles in the ITA preseason rankings... Posted a 7-4 fall singles record and a 5-2 mark in doubles... Advanced to the ITA Regional Championship singles finals and doubles semifinals... Qualified for the ITA National Championships and advanced to the quarterfinals... She dropped only three matches during the regular season (to UCLA's Meghan Bradley twice and Raquel Kops-Jones of Cal)... Advanced to the finals of the Pac-10 Singles Tournament with a semifinal victory against Kops-Jones... Fell to eventual NCAA Doubles Champion Gabriela Lastra of Stanford, 6-3, 6-3, in the Pac-10 singles title match... Advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Singles Championship with wins over then-No. 20 Janet Bergman of Wake Forest and then-No. 10 Sara Walker of UCLA... Was eliminated by top-ranked and eventual NCAA runner-up Jessica Lehnhoff of Florida, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5... In doubles, Peterson and Brymer advanced to the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals and the NCAA Doubles Championship Round of 16.
Peterson made an easy transition to the No. 1 position as a sophomore ... She earned a No. 22 final ITA ranking and recorded a 31-13 overall record, 18-8 mark in dual matches and an 11-8 record against Pac-10 opponents ... Was named to the All-Pac-10 first team and ITA Singles All-American... In the fall, she captured her second-consecutive Rolex Regional Singles Championship with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Michelle Gough of Arizona ... Advanced to the second round of the Rolex National Indoor Championship but fell to eventual champion Ipek Senoglu of Pepperdine (then more than evened the score by defeating then-fifth ranked Senoglu twice during the dual match season) ... She did not lose a match in the month of November (seven straight wins) and recorded six straight victories between Feb. 22 and March 16 ... Advanced to the third round of the NCAA Singles Championship before falling to Adria Engel of ASU ... Playing at No. 1 doubles, Peterson and Tiffany Brymer were ranked No. 14 by the end of the season and received ITA Doubles All-American honors... The duo posted a 19-16 overall record, 14-12 dual match record and 9-9 Pac-10 mark ... In the fall, the pair advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rolex Regionals and the semifinals of the Pac-10 Indoor Championships ... They were eliminated in the first round of the Pac-10 and NCAA Tournaments.
USC's most highly-touted freshman, Peterson broke into collegiate tennis as one of the nation's top players ... She completed the season ranked 17th in the ITA final rankings ... For the year she posted a 35-16 overall record, 15-11 mark in dual matches and a 14-8 record against Pac-10 opponents ... She earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors and was named to the ITA All-America first team ... Beginning the fall season ranked No. 4, she claimed two tournament titles in her first two outings ... She defeated Amy Jensen of Cal to win the ASU Invitational on Oct. 9, then defeated Cintia Tortorella of Pepperdine on Nov. 15 to win the ITA Regionals and earn an automatic bid to the championships ... Positioned to play at the No. 1 spot, she struggled at the start of the dual match season and was moved to the No. 2 position where she accounted for seven straight wins at one point ... She spent the last four matches of the regular season playing at the No. 3 spot and posted a 2-2 record ... She reached the second round of singles competition in the Pac-10 Tournament and went on to win the Pac-10 Invitational doubles championship with partner Jacqui Boyd ... In the first round of the NCAA team tournament, she defeated Karri Bielewicz of UMBC, 6-1, 6-1 ... After a loss in the second round, she defeated Fernanda Tsucamoto of LSU in the round of 16, and was the only one to post a victory against Georgia by defeating Marissa Catlin in the quarterfinals ... Selected to compete in the NCAA singles championships, she advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to eventual-champion Laura Granville of Stanford ... She played the majority of her doubles matches with Boyd and collected an 8-5 overall (5-4 dual matches) record at the third spot in the lineup ... She also played doubles with Caroline Christian (1-2), Anita Loyola (2-3), Krissy Hamilton-Heinberg (1-0), Veronika Safarova (0-1) and Kara Warkentin (1-0).
Peterson is a 1999 graduate of Woodward Academy in College Park, Ga. ... She was the No. 1 singles player on her high school squad for three seasons (1996, 1997, 1998) and was named team MVP each year ... Twice named the GTA Junior Female Player of the Year (1993, 1996) and ranked No. 1 regionally by the Southern Tennis Association G16 ... She ranked seventh nationally by the USTA in 1997 ... Other teams she has played with include: Ga. Junior Davis/Federation Cup Team, USTA National Indoor Junior Travel Team, USTA Intersectional Team and USTA Team USA ... With the USTA, she competed in Italy, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Paraguay and Brazil ... She won titles at the STA/Duckhead Junior Super Circuit (1997), Atlanta City Open (1997, 98), Southern Closed Championships (1993, 96, 97) and USTA National Indoor Championships (1995, 97) ... In 1998 she was ranked No. 37 by the USTA.
Jewel Renee Peterson was born on July 10, 1981 in College Park, Ga. ... She is the daughter of Ernest and Jean Peterson ... She hopes to play on the professional tour following graduation ... A communications major.
PETERSON'S CAREER STATISTICS
S - Overall S - Duals D - Overall D - Duals
Year W L Pct. W L Pct. W L Pct. W L Pct.
2000 35 16 .686 15 11 .577 13 11 .542 8 8 .500
2001 31 13 .705 18 8 .692 19 16 .543 14 12 .538
2002 39 9 .813 21 4 .840 27 14 .659 18 8 .692
Totals 105 38 .734 54 23 .701 59 41 .590 40 28 .588