Women of Troy Host SDSU, Pepperdine

Feb. 7, 2001

This Week -- 13th-ranked USC women's tennis (3-1) hosts two nonconference opponents this week before heading to the ITA Team Indoor Championships, Feb. 15-18. Today, the Women of Troy face San Diego State at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium, then host Pepperdine on Friday (Feb. 9) also at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium.

USC vs. San Diego State, Pepperdine -- USC owns a 29-4 all-time record against San Diego State. Last season, the Trojans defeated the Aztecs 5-1 on Feb. 26 in San Diego. USC and Pepperdine have met nearly every season since 1977, with the exception of last season when the match was never played after being postponed several times due to rain. The Women of Troy own a 24-11 all-time record against the Waves.

The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC won its Pac-10 opener with a 5-2 victory over No. 24 Arizona on Jan. 27. The Women of Troy started strong in doubles play, winning all three matches, then quickly went up 4-0 when Maureen Diaz, Melissa Esmero and Tiffany Brymer each won their singles matches. However, Arizona's No. 1 and No. 2 singles players came on strong for the Wildcats as the Wildcats' Michelle Gough defeated Jewel Peterson 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 at No. 1, and Debbie Larocque rallied to beat Anita Loyola 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 at No. 2.
USC suffered a surprising 6-1 loss to Arizona State on Sunday, Jan. 29. Despite earlier strong performances from all three doubles tandems, the Women of Troy escaped with only one match victory and relinquished the doubles point. In singles play, Peterson was the only USC player to earn a win in singles with a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 decision over Adria Engel at No. 1.

Peterson Competes at ITA Individual Championship -- Jewel Peterson entered last week's (Feb. 1-4) tournament as a No. 5-8 seed and defeated Maria Galoustove-Phillips of Oklahoma State 6-3, 6-1 in the opening round. In the second round, Peterson fell to Ipek Senoglu of Pepperdine in a close three-set match 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5).

USC News & Notes -- This year's roster features no seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen... USC's top-six are all underclassmen.

2001 Fall Highlights -- Jewel Peterson highlighted USC's fall season by capturing her second-straight ITA Rolex Regional Singles Championship. Peterson defeated Michelle Gough of Arizona in the finals in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 and upset UCLA's Sara Walker - the third-ranked player in the country - in the semifinals. Sophomore Maureen Diaz also had an outstanding fall after winning the back draw title at the ASU Invitational (sophomore Anita Loyola won the title last season).

New Additions -- Jim Buck has joined the 2001 Women of Troy coaching staff as a volunteer assistant. Buck is a 1960 graduate of USC who helped lead the Trojans to the 1959 national championship.

Head Coach Richard Gallien -- Richard Gallien enters his sixth season at the helm of the USC women's tennis program. Last season he guided the 2000 Trojans to a 18-9 overall record, a No. 11 final team ranking and a quarterfinal appearance at the NCAAs. Gallien began his career at Pepperdine, coaching the men's team for three years, before joining the Trojan family. Over the last nine years, he has compiled a 143-79 (.644) overall record and his teams have made five appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

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