Field Set For 2002 Riviera/ITA Women's Tennis All-American Championships|
Sept. 13, 2002
SKILLMAN, N.J. - The field for the 2002 Riviera/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women's All-American Championships has been set for the October 5-13 event at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Senior Jewel Peterson will represent the Women of Troy in the singles competition for the fourth straight year, while she and Tiffany Brymer will compete in doubles.
Highlighting this year's event are 17 returning ITA All-American in the Oct. 10-13 main draw of singles as well as six returning ITA All-American doubles teams. Eighteen of the top 19 players in the country have been selected for the main draw, including Tennessee's Vilmarie Castellvi, who was voted No. 1 in the preseason Omni Hotels national singles rankings earlier this week.
Locally, USC fourth-ranked Peterson and UCLA's sixth-ranked Sara Walker, both three-time ITA All-Americans, are both expected to make serious bids for the title. Other title contenders include third-ranked Agata Ciroch of Georgia, No. 5 Kelly McCain of Duke, No. 7 Erin Burdette of Stanford, No. 8 Kate Pinchbeck of North Carolina, No. 9 Adria Engel of Arizona State and No. 10 Sarah Riske of Vanderbilt. Old Dominion's 12th-ranked Nataly Cahana, a 2001 finalist, will also be competing.
The Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships are the first of three national championship events at the Division I level during the 2002-03 collegiate tennis season (followed by the Omni Hotels/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in November and the season-ending NCAA Championships in May). The Oct. 10-13 main draw is preceded by two sets of qualifying tournaments. The 64-player (32 doubles) prequalifying tournament is Oct. 5-6 at UCLA and four players and doubles teams will advance from there to the Oct. 8-9 64-player qualifying tournament at Riviera (where eight players and four doubles teams will advance to the main draw). The men's counterpart, the Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships, will be taking place at the same time at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships date back to 1983 when Georgia's Lisa Spain won the inaugural title. Florida's Jessica Lehnhoff swept last year's singles and doubles titles (with Lindsay Dawaf). Lehnhoff beat Wake Forest's Bea Bielik, who made waves at this year's U.S. Open, in last year's quarterfinals. Stanford boasts the most singles and doubles champions at this event with a total of eight.
The famous Riviera Tennis Club has played host to this event since 1988 (it also hosted an intercollegiate women's championship from 1986-88).
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