Top-Seeded Waves Sail Past USC, 5-1
LAS VEGAS - The No. 21 USC women's tennis team saw its season end with a 5-1 loss to No. 12 Pepperdine in the finals of the NCAA West Region Championships on Sunday.
USC defeated Washington, 5-4, and San Diego State, 5-1, to reach the finals, but the Waves got past the Women of Troy for the second time in 1998. It was the second straight year that USC lost in the West Region final.
"It's pretty simple," USC Coach Richard Gallien said. "They just played better than we did. We didn't play badly, they were just better. I'm very proud of this team. We started the season at No. 31 and got all the way to the regional finals with just six players. So I can't say I'm disappointed."
The season isn't over for three players -- Ditta Huber, Veronika Safarova and Jacqui Boyd -- who will compete at the NCAA Individual Championships at Notre Dame on May 25-29.
Following are the results of the Pepperdine match:
Singles: 1. Angela Lawrence (P) d. Ditta Huber (USC), 7-5, 6-2. 2. Zsofia Csapo (P) d. Veronika Safarova (USC), 6-4, 6-4. 3. Karoline Borgersen (P) d. Jacqui Boyd (USC), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. 4. Kara Warkentin (USC) d. Ahn Nguyen (P), 7-5, 6-3. 5. Annabel Rognon (P) d. Karolina Bakalarova (USC), 6-2, 6-3. 6. Nadine Rastetter (P) d. Amber Basica (USC), 6-2, 7-5.