Women's Tennis Prepares For UCLA On Saturday

Feb. 27, 2001

This Week -- Coming off of two victories over San Diego and Oregon last week, the No. 12 USC women's tennis team (8-3, 2-1 Pac-10) travels to 18th-ranked UCLA this Saturday, March 3, at Noon.

ITA Rankings -- The ITA released its first singles and doubles rankings since the start of the dual match season. Jewel Peterson is ranked 22nd, while Maureen Diaz moved up to No. 72. In doubles, Peterson and Tiffany Brymer rank 26th, and Diaz and Melissa Esmero are 29th.

USC News & Notes -- Sophomore Maureen Diaz owns the team's best record so far with a 18-6 mark and .750 win percentage ... This year's roster features no seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen... USC's top-six are all underclassmen.

USC vs. UCLA -- The Women of Troy own a slight edge over the Bruins in the all-time series. USC is 30-23 in matches against UCLA since 1977. Last season, UCLA won both meetings 5-4 and 6-3.

The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC took the doubles matches and won four of six singles to defeat Oregon, 5-2, in a non-conference match on Feb. 23. USC jumped to an early 1-0 lead by winning all three doubles matches, 8-4, 8-0 and 8-0. Jewel Peterson and Maureen Diaz then gave the Women of Troy a 3-0 lead with wins at No. 1 and 3. Anita Loyola secured the win by sweeping Oregon's Janice Nyland, 6-2, 7-5. Oregon's No. 5 and No. 6 singles players, Davina Mendiburu and Courtney Nagle, defeated Tiffany Brymer and Krissy Hamilton-Heinberg to prevent the Ducks from being swept.

USC swept San Diego 7-0 on Feb. 22. With a 1-0 lead after claiming two of three doubles matches, Anita Loyola was the first to add a singles points when she swept USD's Belinda Kelly 6-2, 6-0. Jewel Peterson and Tiffany Brymer followed with victories at No. 1 and 5 over Heather Polumbus and Krista Manning to secure a USC victory. With the match in hand, Maureen Diaz and Bernadette Bayani fought through a third set to post their wins. Diaz claimed a 10-point tiebreaker to defeat Anja Tragardh 6-3, 7-6, 10-4, while Bayani defeated Paola Arrangoiz with a come-from-behind effort 5-7, 7-6, 6-2.

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).

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 148-81 (.646) overall record and his teams have made five appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

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