Women's Tennis Hosts William & Mary, Maimi

March 7, 2001

This Week -- Following an always-important win over crosstown rival UCLA on March 10, USC women's tennis (9-3) hosts two cross-country visitors this week. The Women of Troy welcome No. 18 William & Mary on Thursday (March 8) at 1:30 p.m., then host No. 38 Miami on Sunday (March 11) at noon. Both matches will be played at Marks Tennis Stadium.

A Night To Remember -- The last time the Women of Troy and Hurricanes met was on March 20, 1999, for the third round of the NCAA Championships on a night neither team would soon forget. Due to heavy rains in Gainesville, Fla., USC and Miami were forced to begin their match after 7 p.m. In a closely-contested battle, the teams fought for nearly eight hours and didn't leave the court until 3:30 a.m. the following day.

USC vs. William & Mary, Miami -- William & Mary is one of the few programs to own a winning record against the Trojans. The two squads have only met four times and all four times have been at the ITA Team Indoor Championships. USC's only win was in its first meeting in 1990. The Women of Troy own an 8-2 edge against Miami.

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 18-7 mark and .720 win percentage ... This year's roster features no seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen... USC's top-six are all underclassmen.

The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC broke a two-match losing streak against the 22nd-ranked Bruins with a 5-2 win on Saturday at UCLA's Los Angeles Tennis Center. With decisive wins at courts two and three, the Trojans earned the doubles point to enter singles play with a 1-0 lead. USC clinched the match with four, two-set victories at No. 1, 3, 5 and 6, including a 6-0, 6-0 win by Maureen Diaz at the third court. UCLA posted its two points at the No. 2 and 4 positions as Petya Marinova and Mariko Krockow defeated Anita Loyola and Bernadette Bayani.

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 149-81 (.648) overall record and his teams have made five appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

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