Tennis Travels To Desert For Pac-10 Matches

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March 25, 2002

This Week -- The No. 19 USC women's tennis team (12-4, 2-0 Pac-10) -- winners of its last seven consecutive matches -- travels to No. 10 Arizona State and No. 30 Arizona this week for two conference-counting matches in the desert on Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30. USC is coming off two 6-1 victories last week over No. 18 Fresno State and unranked Pepperdine.

On A Win Streak -- After enduring three disappointing losses in early February USC has been unstoppable, winning its last seven consecutive and last 10-of-11 matches.

ITA Ranking Updates -- This season's first release of computer rankings was issued on March 20 (the previous were voted on by ITA members) and the Trojans dropped to No. 19 in the team rankings. In singles, USC's Jewel Peterson dropped to No. 10 and Luana Magnani jumped 11 spots to No. 35. Maureen Diaz moved to No. 123. In doubles, Peterson and Tiffany Brymer moved up to No. 8 and Magnani and Anita Loyola moved down two spots to No. 25.

Against Arizona State, Arizona -- USC owns a 33-15 all time record against Arizona and defeated them at home in this season's first meeting. The Women of Troy own a 29-19 advantage against Arizona State after dropping the earlier match in Los Angeles.

The Last Time Against Arizona State, Arizona -- USC defeated then-No. 44 Arizona, 6-1, on Feb. 22. The Wildcats took an early lead by winning 2-of-3 doubles matches but would not score again as the Women of Troy swept all six singles matches for the win.

USC dropped its first home match of the season on Feb. 23 with a 4-3 loss to then-No. 7 Arizona State. The match came down to the final singles match being played at No. 6. The Trojans earned the doubles point, but allowed the Sun Devils to take the lead with two, two-set wins at No. 2 and 5, followed by a three-set victory at No. 3. USC responded to tie the score at 3-3 as Jewel Peterson and Maureen Diaz won their matches. The No. 6 match became the deciding factor as ASU's Joslynn Bukett defeated Bernadette Bayani, 6-4, 6-2, for the ASU victory.

The Trojans' Last Outing -- The Trojans upset higher-ranked Fresno State, 6-1, on March 20. USC took the early lead by winning the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and 3, but then dropped three of the first six sets in singles play to open the door for the Bulldogs. Eventually, both Luana Magnani and Anita Loyola captured three set wins to give USC its fifth and sixth points of the match after Tiffany Brymer had clinched the win for the Trojans at No. 5.

Two days after defeating Fresno State, USC earned an identical 6-1 victory over unranked Pepperdine thanks to the strong play of Jewel Peterson, Loyola and Magnani on Friday, March 22. The Women of Troy swept through doubles play to post the first point, then secured the match victory with wins at the No. 1, 2 and 4 positions in singles. Peterson, Magnani and Loyola only allowed a combined six game points in the three matches to put USC ahead, 4-0.

News N' Notes -- Anita Loyola and Luana Magnani now share the team's longest current singles win streak after each having won the last seven consecutive *** Jewel Peterson still owns the team's longest streak after winning eight-straight from Feb. 7 to Feb. 28 *** Magnani owns the team's best singles record with a 27-6 (.818) mark *** Magnani and Loyola boast the team's best doubles record at 21-6 (.778).

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 172-90 (.656) 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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