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Toreros Complete Play at ITA West Region Championships

Oct. 22, 2006

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's tennis team completed play at the ITA West Region Championships Sunday afternoon with the Toreros seeing singles success with Alexandra Demidova reaching the quarterfinals and Helene Lindstrand making it into the semifinals round.

Lindstrand began her outstanding weekend with a hard fought win over Long Beach State's Emmanuelle Tabatruong. Lindstrand dropped the first set, 4-6, then bounced back with a 7-6(4) win in the second set to force a third and deciding set. Lindstrand then cruised to a 6-3 win to advance to round two. In the second round, Lindstrand recorded a straight sets win over Arizona's Camelia Todorova, 6-2, 6-1. With the momentum on her side, she then cruised to a 7-6(3), 6-2 win over Pepperdine's Caroline Rada advancing into the quarterfinals. Then Lindstrand picked up a 6-2, 6-0 win over UCSB's Marta Simic to advance into the semifinal round. Once in the semifinals round, she put up a hard fight against Hawaii's Sabita Walkup, but fell 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

Demidova reached the quarterfinal round posting a 6-0, 6-1 win in the opening round over Jerusha Cruz from Cal State Fullerton. She then continued that momentum with a straight sets win over Nina Burgoon from Long Beach State, 6-2, 6-3. Then she dominated UCSB's Brittany Kausen in straight sets 6-0, 6-1 to make it into the quarterfinals round. Demidova then fell in the quarterfinal round to Decker-Sadowski in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.

In other singles action this weekend, Justine Perl picked up a first round win as she handed CSF's Breanna Stowell a 6-0, 6-0 straight sets loss. In the second round, she fell to UNLV's Clare Smith in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1.

In the backdraw, Monica Wiesener was defeated in straight sets by UC Irvine's Inna Agababian, 6-4, 6-2. Lindstrand was defeated by San Diego State's Esther Cadua, 6-3, 6-4 and the final backdraw match for the Toreros saw Perl pick up a 6-4, 6-4 win against Loyola Marymount's Maria Garcia-Planas.

The Toreros will return to action on Friday, as they open play in the USD/SDSU invitational.

ITA West Regional ResultsRound 1Demidova (USD) def. Cruz (CSF) 6-0, 6-1Perl (USD) def. Stowell (CSF) 6-0, 6-0Lindstrand (USD) def. Tabbatruong (LBSU) 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-3

Round 2Demidova (USD) def. Burgoon (LBSU) 6-2, 6-3Smith (USC) def. Perl (USD) 6-0, 6-1Lindstrand (USD) def. Todorova (ARIZ) 6-2, 6-1

Round 3Demidova (USD) def. Kausen (UCSB) 6-0, 6-1Lindstrand (USD) def. Rada (PEP) 7-6(3), 6-2

Quarter FinalsDecker-Sadowski def. Demidova (USD) 6-1, 6-1Lindstrand (USD def. Simic (UCSB) 6-2, 6-0

SemifinalsWalkup (HAWAII) def. Lindstrand (USD) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1