Women's Tennis Hosts Fresno State, Pepperdine

March 18, 2002

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This Week -- The No. 12 USC women's tennis team (10-4, 2-0 Pac-10) hosts its final nonconference matches this week. The Women of Troy face No. 15 Fresno State on Wednesday, March 20, then host No. 49 Pepperdine on Friday, March 22. Both matches will be played at Marks Tennis Stadium and are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. USC is coming off its first two Pac-10 victories by upsetting UCLA, 4-3, on March 7 and defeating Oregon, 7-0, on March 8.

On A Win Streak -- After enduring three disappointing losses in early February, USC has been unstoppable, winning its last nine consecutive matches.

ITA Ranking Updates -- The second update for individual rankings were released on March 6 and team rankings were updated on March 13. USC moved up three spot to No. 12 in the team rankings. The Trojans' Jewel Peterson moved up two spots to No. 8 and Luana Magnani jumped one spot to No. 46. Maureen Diaz moved to No. 108. In doubles, Peterson and Tiffany Brymer remain at No. 12 and Magnani and Anita Loyola moved three spots to No. 23.

Against Fresno State, Pepperdine -- USC owns an 11-1 all-time record against Fresno State and last faced the Bulldogs on March 22, 2000, in a 7-2 home victory. The Women of Troy are 26-12 against Pepperdine.

The Last Time Against Pepperdine -- USC defeated host Pepperdine by a final score of 6-1 in a dual match on Feb. 27. The Trojans won all three doubles matches to start the afternoon. The most decisive victory came at the No. 3 spot as Bernadette Bayani and Melissa Esmero defeated Pepperdine's Anna Andersson and Monika Horvath by an 8-1 score. USC then captured five of the six singles matches in straight sets to claim the victory.

The Trojans' Last Outing -- Despite dropping the doubles point, USC upset No. 8 UCLA, 4-3, by winning four of six singles matches on March 7. Down 0-1 following doubles play, USC quickly tied the match at one apiece after Tiffany Brymer defeated UCLA's Lauren Fisher 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5. The Bruins answered back with a win at No. 1. Shortly thereafter, USC tied the match again as Maureen Diaz defeated UCLA's Petya Marinova 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3. With a 2-2 score, all three remaining singles matches went into a third set. The Bruins took a 3-2 lead after Catherine Hawley, who was down 1-4 in the third set, came back to defeat Melissa Esmero 6-1, 4-6, 7-5. Just a few minutes later, Luana Magnani knocked off Sara Walker to tie the score at 3-3. Anita Loyola then clinched the victory for USC by defeating UCLA's Sarah Gregg, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(8). With the victory, USC avenged its earlier 5-2 loss to UCLA on Feb. 1.

The following day (March 8), USC experienced no letdown as the team swept through the Oregon lineup in a 7-0 win. The Trojans won all three doubles matches to earn the first point, then posted two-set victories at courts 2 through 6 to give USC a 6-0 lead. Jewel Peterson was the last off the court as she made comeback effort to defeat the Ducks' Janice Nyland, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0, at the No. 1 spot.

News N' Notes -- Jewel Peterson's eight-match win streak came to an end with a 6-2, 6-3 loss to UCLA's fifth-ranked Megan Bradley on March 7 *** Maureen Diaz's has surpassed her previous streak by winning her last seven consecutive *** Freshman Luana Magnani currently owns the team's best singles record with a 25-6 (.806) mark *** Magnani and junior Anita Loyola boast the team's best doubles record at 19-6 (.760).

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 170-90 (.654) 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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