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Oct. 4, 2006

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif.Gira Schofield from the South Carolina women’s tennis team fell in the second round of qualifying Tuesday at the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Tennis Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Schofield began the day with a 6-4, 6-1 victory against 67th-ranked Ashley Joelson from UCLA. Jessica Nguyen, who is ranked No. 52 and plays for Stanford, dismissed Schofield by scores of 7-6(4), 6-4. Schofield is ranked No. 39 in the country this fall.

In doubles, the 17th-ranked duo of Dianne Matias and Lindsey Nelson of Southern California registered an 8-0 victory in the first round over Schofield and Natasa Vuckovic, who are ranked 37th. The USC duo will continue play in the consolation bracket beginning Wednesday morning.

Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Tennis Championships — Tuesday, Oct. 3

Qualifying Singles
#39 Gira Schofield, South Carolina, def. #67 Ashley Joelson, UCLA, 6-4, 6-1
#52 Jessica Nguyen, Stanford, def. #39 Gira Schofield, South Carolina, 7-6(6), 6-4

Qualifying Doubles
#17 Matias/Nelson, Southern California, def. #37 Schofield/Vuckovic, South Carolina, 8-0