Nov. 8, 2004
Palm Springs, Calif. - Following a long weekend of tennis under the Palm Springs sun, with competitors falling one by one and the rounds peeling off, finally Monday brought about the championship matches at the Desert Fall Classic at the Moore Tennis Academy.
In the end Pepperdine remained, claiming two singles titles to accompany the doubles crown they picked up on Sunday.
Freshman Bianca Dulgheru beat four of the top six seeds on her way to the tournament championship ending the tournament with a three set victory over second ranked Anka Anastasiu of USC, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5).
Dulgheru also eliminated No. 1 Petra Dizdar and No. 6 Anna Bentzer earlier in the tournament, both in straight sets. Dizdar is ranked 20th in the ITA's preseason poll.
Dulgheru's toughest match came in the semifinals against teammate Caroline Raba. No. 4 Raba was upset, 5-7, 7-5, 10-8.
Pepperdine freshman Sylvia Kosakowski secured the consolation championship, defeating Kathrin Winterhalter, 6-7(8), 6-3, 6-4. After losing in the third round of the main draw, Kosakowski found herself in the quarterfinls of the consolation bracket. After two easy wins Sunday, the Southern California native came from a set down to secure the sweep for the Waves.
In Sunday's only final the tandem of Kosakowski and Caroline Raba won the doubles championship beating UCLA's offering, 8-2.
The Classic concludes the women's fall tournament schedule. They will next be in action when they open up their regular season hosting UC Irvine on January 18.