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USC's Peterson Loses, 6-1, 6-1

May 25, 2000|CHRIS BRANAM

USC freshman Jewel Peterson's run in the NCAA Division I women's tennis individual championships was ended by another outstanding freshman Wednesday.

Peterson, trying to become the second Trojan in as many years to make the semifinals, was overwhelmed by Stanford's Laura Granville, 6-1, 6-1, in the quarterfinals at Pepperdine. Granville, the No. 3-ranked player in the nation, eliminated defending champion Zuzana Lesenarova of San Diego, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, earlier in the day.

"[Granville] was pretty steady and I was really, really impatient," said Peterson. "I made a lot of errors, and you can't do that against a good player. . . ."

Peterson won her third-round match earlier Wednesday, 6-4, 6-1, over Arizona State's Karin Palme.

Granville carries a 10-match winning streak into today's semifinal against Georgia's Aarthe Venkatesan.

Sophomore Marissa Irvin, Granville's Stanford teammate from Santa Monica, advanced to the semifinals with a pair of straight-set wins: 7-5, 6-3 over Arkansas' Chin Bee Khoo and 6-2, 6-4 over Virginia Commonwealth's Andrea Ondrisova.

Irvin and Teryn Ashley, the top-seeded doubles team, were upset by Pepperdine's Ipek Senoglu and Paola Palencia, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.

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