Women's Tennis Travels To Pepperdine, Hosts San Diego

Feb. 25, 2002

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This Week -- The No. 15 USC women's tennis team (5-4) travels to No. 30 Pepperdine and hosts unranked San Diego this week. The Waves and Trojans play on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 1:30 p.m. in Malibu. On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Trojans host the Toreros at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium. The Women of Troy are coming off a split, having defeated Arizona, 6-1, but lost to Arizona State, 4-3.

Lastest Rankings -- Team: No. 15, Singles: Jewel Peterson - No. 10, Luana Magnani - No. 47, Maureen Diaz - No. 125, Doubles: Brymer/Peterson - No. 12, Loyola/Magnani - No. 26

Against Pepperdine, San Diego -- USC is 25-12 all-time against the crosstown Pepperdine Waves. Last season, the teams split with the home team winning each meeting. The Trojans are 14-3 against the San Diego Toreros. USC swept USD last year, winning 7-0 in the only meeting in Los Angeles.

The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC defeated No. 44 Arizona, 6-1, on Feb. 22. Despite the 6-1 final. Arizona took an early lead by winning the doubles point. In singles, Tiffany Brymer quickly evened the score with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Arizona's Pouliot at court No. 5. The Women of Troy then went up 3-1 with victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Needing just one more singles win to close out the match, Jewel Peterson defeated Arizona's Maja Mlakar, 6-4, 6-3, to give the Trojans a clinching 4-1 edge.

The following day (Feb. 23), USC dropped its first home match of the season with a 4-3 loss to No. 7 Arizona State in a match that came down to the final singles contest. USC began the afternoon with two doubles victories to capture the first point. The Sun Devils opened singles play with two, two-set wins at No. 2 and 5, then led 3-1 after Mhairi Brown defeated Anita Loyola, 0-6, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 3. USC responded to tie the score at 3-3 as Peterson and Maureen Diaz won their matches at No. 2 and 3. The No. 6 match, which had to wait for an open court and started later than the rest, was the deciding factor as the Sun Devils' Joslynn Bukett defeated Bernadette Bayani, 6-4, 6-2, for the ASU victory.

News N' Notes -- Jewel Peterson owns a significant win streak of her own, having won the last six consecutive *** Maureen Diaz's six-match win streak came to an end with a three-set loss to LMU's Edit Pakay on Feb. 15 *** Freshman Luana Magnani currently owns the team's best singles record with a 20-6 mark *** Magnani and junior Anita Loyola boast the team's best doubles record at 15-5.

Get The Latest Info -- Updated team stats can always be found by logging on to www.usctrojans.com. They are located on the women's tennis page under 'Season Statistics.'

Head Coach Richard Gallien -- Richard Gallien enters his seventh season at the helm of the USC women's tennis program. Last season he guided the 2001 Trojans to a 20-8 overall record, a No. 8 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 162-87 (.651) overall record and his teams have made six appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including three consecutive appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals.

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