Dianne Matias Advances at Riviera In Singles|
Oct. 4, 2004
LOS ANGELES - The USC women's tennis team began fall competition this week in the pre-qualifying rounds of the 2004-05 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championship. The first rounds were played at the Los Angeles Tennis Club on the UCLA campus.
Sophomore Dianne Matias highlighted the event for the Women of Troy, winning three singles matches and two doubles matches with freshman partner Lindsey Nelson. Matias did drop her Round of 16 singles match against Caitlin Burke of Wisconsin, 7-6, 6-1, but made it into the qualifier thanks to a "lucky loser's" spot awarded when a player withdraws.
Nelson also competed in singles, winning two matches of her own.
The tournament, which culminates with the main draw championship to be played Oct. 9-12, 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
Round of 16 Singles
First Round Doubles
Second Round Doubles
Third Round Doubles