Tennis Travels To No. 6 Stanford, No. 20 Cal
April 1, 2002
This Week -- The No. 16 USC women's tennis team (14-4, 4-0 Pac-10) -- winners of its last nine consecutive matches -- travels to No. 6 Stanford and No. 20 California this week for two matches in the Bay Area on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6. Neither match will count against Pac-10 records. USC is coming off a 5-2 upset victory over No. 10 Arizona State and a 6-1 win over No. 34 Arizona last week.
On A Win Streak -- After enduring three disappointing losses in early February, USC has been unstoppable, winning its last nine consecutive and last 12-of-13 matches.
Best Since 1990 -- The Women of Troy's current win streak is USC's longest since opening the 1990 season with nine consecutive wins. Its 4-0 Pac-10 start is the team's best since recording a 7-1 conference record in 1999 after a 6-0 start.
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. Since then, USC has moved up to No. 16 in recent polls. 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 Stanford, Cal -- Stanford is 43-17 all-time against USC. The Women of Troy have not defeated the Cardinal since 1986 when USC won one of two meetings, 6-3. The Trojans are 21-19 all-time against California. Last season, USC won the only meeting with the Bears after the Bay Area match was rained-out.
The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC upset No. 10-ranked Arizona State, 5-2, on Friday, March 29, in Tempe, Ariz. USC swept through all three doubles matches to begin the afternoon with a 1-0 lead. In singles, Jewel Peterson was the first off the court as she easily defeated 22nd-ranked Adria Engel, 6-1, 6-1, to put the Trojans ahead 2-0. But the Sun Devils got on the board when Dora Krstulovic earned a 6-2, 6-3 win over Luana Magnani at No. 2. The four remaining matches were all pushed to a third set as the Women of Troy secured the match victory with a default victory by Anita Loyola at the No. 4 spot, a come-from-behind effort by Tiffany Brymer at No. 5 and a win by Melissa Esmero at court six.
The following day, the Women of Troy completed a sweep through the desert with a 6-1 win over No. 34 Arizona. The Wildcats won the first point after defeating the Trojans in two of the three doubles matches. But USC quickly made up for the 1-0 deficit in singles play. Loyola, Brymer and Esmero posted the first three team points with wins at the No. 4, 5 and 6 spots, while holding the Wildcats to only four game points in the three matches. The remaining matches were left to be decided in a third set. Peterson and Diaz came from behind to win at No. 1 and 3, while Magnani held off Arizona's efforts at No. 2.
News N' Notes -- Anita Loyola took sole possession of the team's longest win streak with her eighth and ninth straight wins last week in Arizona (also surpassing Jewel Peterson's early season marks) *** Luana 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 23-6 (.793) and the longest current doubles win streak (6).
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 174-90 (.659) overall record and his teams have made six appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including three consecutive appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals.