Women's Tennis Competes At Pac-10 Championships

April 24, 2002

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This Week -- Following a 5-2 win over Cal and 5-2 loss to Stanford at home, the No. 11-ranked USC women's tennis team finished the regular season with a 17-7 overall record and 7-1 conference mark. The Women of Troy completed the Pac-10 season in second place. This week, USC will compete at the Pac-10 Championship Tournament and Invitational on April 25-28 in Ojai, Calif.

Draws and results for the 102nd Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament (Pac-10s) will be posted by Thursday, April 25, at http://www.ojaitourney.org/ovttcol.htm#Heading1 and each day's tournament results can be found at www.usctrojans.com.

ITA Ranking Updates (Next Ranking 5/1/02) -- USC dropped to No. 11 in the latest rankings released on April 24. In singles, USC's Jewel Peterson moved to No. 7 and Luana Magnani moved up to No. 27. Maureen Diaz is ranked No. 76. In doubles, Peterson and Tiffany Brymer remain at No. 6 and Magnani and Anita Loyola are now at No. 26. The next rankings will be released on Wednesday, May 1.

Final Pac-10 Standings -- Stanford captured the women's team title for 2002 in a race decided on the final day of competition between the Trojans and Cardinal. Stanford posted an undefeated 8-0 record in Pac-10 play, marking the ninth-straight year that it has won the women's title. USC's second-place finish is its third in the last four years.


School Pac-10 Overall Rank
Stanford 8-0 22-1 No. 1
USC 7-1 17-7 No. 11
UCLA 6-2 16-4 No. 6
Arizona State 4-4 13-7 No. 9
Arizona 4-4 11-12 No. 18
California 3-5 12-9 No. 13
Washington St 2-6 11-10 No. 26
Washington 1-7 13-10 No. 21
Oregon 1-7 13-10 No. 37

The Nation's Toughest Conference -- Once again, the Pacific-10 conference proved to be the toughest tennis conference in the country. For the first time in recent years, all nine Pac-10's universities which sponsor women's tennis are ranked among the top-40 - six of which have consistently remained in the top-20. In singles, nine of the top-25 competitors are from the Pac-10, and 10 among the top-25 in doubles. There are 23 total singles players who represent the conference in the top-100, and 14 doubles pairs.

NCAA Championships -- Following the conference championship, the Women of Troy will await the 2002 NCAA tournament selections. The announcement will be made on Thursday, May 2, at 4 p.m. PT. The selection showed can be watched live on the internet at http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=3967. Regional action will take place on May 10-12 on campus sites. The championships will be held at Stanford, Calif., May 16-25.

Last Year At Pac-10 Championships -- It was an all-USC affair as teammates Melissa Esmero and Krissy Hamilton-Heinberg faced each other in the Pac-10 Invitational Women's Singles Final. In a battle between a newcomer and a veteran, it was the freshman who came out on top as Esmero took a two-set victory 6-2, 6-2 to win the 2001 Invitational singles title. En route to her first collegiate tournament championship, Esmero defeated Nicole Havlicek of Cal in the semifinals 6-2, 6-1. Havlicek had previously defeated the Trojans' Bernadette Bayani, 6-7(3), 6-1, in the Invitational quarterfinals. This was Hamilton-Heinberg's first appearance in the Pac-10 Invitational finals. Last season she advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Elizabeth Schmidt of UCLA. In both the 2001 Pac-10 Tournament (main draw) and Invitational (back draw), USC women's tennis had two players advance to the finals, one to the semifinals and two to the quarterfinals. Maureen Diaz made it to the semifinals of the Tournament main draw before falling to Raquel Kops-Jones of Cal, 6-4, 6-2. Kops-Jones upset the Trojans' Jewel Peterson 6-2, 7-6 in the quarterfinals.

The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC earned a 5-2 win over No. 15 California Friday afternoon at Marks Tennis Stadium. The Women of Troy swept all three doubles matches to earn the first point. Following an 8-4 win by Anita Loyola and Luana Magnani at No. 2, positions 1 and 3 used comeback efforts to earn their victories. Tiffany Brymer and Jewel Peterson fought back after starting down 4-1 to defeat Raquel Kops-Jones and Jody Scheldt, 8-5, and Melissa Esmero and Bernadette Bayani took the lead at 5-4 to beat Nicole Havlicek and Carla Arguelles, 8-6. Esmero started singles play with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 6 over Arguelles, but the Golden Bears quickly evened the score with two-set victories at courts 1 and 3. After Maureen Diaz posted a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 4, Magnani clinched the match for the Trojans by defeating Lynch in a second-set tiebreaker, 6-2, 7-5.

On Saturday, the Trojans surrendered the 2002 Pac-10 title with a 5-2 loss to No. 3 Stanford. The Cardinal won two of three doubles matches to start the afternoon, including an 8-5 victory by top-ranked Lauren Kalvaria and Gabriela Lastra over No. 6 Tiffany Brymer and Jewel Peterson at center court. Stanford then took a 3-0 lead with two-set singles victories at the No. 2 and 3 positions, but the Women of Troy would not allow Stanford to walk away with the deciding point without a fight. Peterson upset Kalvaria, 6-2, 6-2, at center court to give USC its first point, then Esmero won the tiebreaker over Emilia Anderson (6-0, 7-6) at No. 6 to bring the Trojans within one, 3-2. Eventually Stanford posted the final two points as Tokuda defeated Brymer at No. 5, 6-0, 7-5, and Erin Burdette came back after dropping the first set to beat Diaz, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 4.

News N' Notes -- Jewel Peterson's nine match win streak came to an end when she fell to Cal's Raquel Kops-Jones on April 19, but she rebounded with an upset victory over Stanford's fourth-ranked Lauren Kalvaria on April 20 for her biggest upset of the season *** Peterson also owns the team's best singles record with a 30-7 (.811) mark *** Luana Magnani and Anita Loyola boast the team's best doubles record at 25-10 (.714) *** This year's starting lineup features no seniors, four juniors, one sophomore and one freshmen.

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 177-93 (.656) overall record and his teams have made six appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including three consecutive appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals.

Player Profiles

Bernadette Bayani
13-8 overall / 7-5 Dual Matches / 2-0 Pac-10 Matches
Due to the depth on this year's squad and her own injuries, sophomore Bernadette Bayani has played a limited amount of matches this season among the lineups top-6. In the fall, she advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional Championships before falling to eventual champion and USC teammate Jewel Peterson, 6-0, 6-4. Bayani had another outstanding tournament performance at the Pac-10 Indoor Championships (Flight III) in January where she advanced to the finals for the first time at USC. Bayani finished second after being defeated by UCLA's Lauren Fisher, 6-1, 6-1. She played 12 dual matches this season (one at No. 5 and 11 at No. 6) and posted a 7-5 record. In doubles, with partner Maureen Diaz (7-5), the duo advanced to the finals of the Pac-10 Indoor Championships and the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional Championships. Bayani has played most dual matches with doubles partner Melissa Esmero. Together they boast a 10-7 overall record at the No. 3 position and a 4-2 conference mark.

Tiffany Brymer
19-10 overall / 16-7 Dual Matches / 5-2 Pac-10 Matches

Tiffany Brymer had a short fall season, only playing five matches before January's Pac-10 Indoor Championships. Throughout the dual match season, Brymer played primarily at No. 5 with three outings at the No. 4 position. In the first meeting with UCLA, she upset then-ranked Lauren Fisher for her biggest upset of the season. Brymer won seven consecutive matches at mid-season, never dropping a match in March. In doubles, she and partner Jewel Peterson have been ranked among the top-25 all season and reached as high as No. 4 on April 3. In the fall, the duo reached the semifinals of the ITA Regionals and the Pac-10 Indoor Championships. Brymer and Peterson also upset UCLA's then No. 4-ranked Petya Marinova and Sara Walker on March 7. Brymer also played doubles matches with Caroline Christian (1-0) and Maureen Diaz (1-0).

Maureen Diaz
25-10 overall / 19-6 Dual Matches / 6-2 Pac-10 Matches

Maureen Diaz has bounced in and out of the top-100 throughout the season and is currently No. 76. With a preseason ranking at No. 46, she advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Regional Championships before falling to eventual champion Sara Walker. Diaz split her time during the dual match season at the No. 3 and 4 positions. She also played one match at No. 2. She won as many as seven consecutive matches during February and upset opponents including UCLA's Petya Marinova, Arizona's Dianne Hollands and Cal's Jieun Jacobs. In doubles, with partner Bernadette Bayani (7-5), the duo advanced to the finals of the Pac-10 Indoor Championships and the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional Championships. Diaz also played doubles matches with Tiffany Brymer (1-0) and Melissa Esmero (3-4). Esmero and Diaz played seven dual matches all at the No. 3 position.

Melissa Esmero
11-4 overall / 11-4 Dual Matches / 6-2 Pac-10 Matches

Due to injuries, sophomore Melissa Esmero skipped the fall season and joined the lineup in February for dual matches. She played the majority of her matches at the No. 6 spot and four at No. 5, and recorded a 6-2 record in Pac-10 competitions. Esmero has played most dual matches with doubles partner Bernadette Bayani. Together they boast a 10-7 overall record at the No. 3 position and a 4-2 conference mark. Esmero and Maureen Diaz played seven dual matches together (3-4) all at the No. 3 position.

Anita Loyola
19-16 overall / 13-12 Dual Matches / 5-3 Pac-10 Matches

Anita Loyola had a strong fall season, reaching the quarterfinals of the consolation draw at the Riviera Qualifier and the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional Championships and Pac-10 Indoor Championships. Despite her preseason success, Loyola suffered a rough start to the dual match season and won only three of her first nine matches. She quickly turned the season around and won nine-straight from Feb. 27 through March 30, including a win over UCLA's Sarah Gregg which clinched the Trojans' 4-3 victory against the Bruins on March 7. Loyola has played the majority of her matches at the No. 4 position, in addition to one at the No. 1 spot, two at No. 2 and nine at No. 3. She and doubles partner Luana Magnani have found great success this season and have been ranked from the start. Currently No. 26, the pair has reached a No. 19 ranking with a 25-10 overall record and 13-12 mark in dual matches at the No. 2 spot.

Luana Magnani
30-10 overall / 17-7 Dual Matches / 5-2 Pac-10 Matches

Luana Magnani burst onto the collegiate season in her first season with three standout tournament performances in the fall. She reached the main draw of the Riviera Tournament by winning six consecutive matches in the qualifying rounds. At the ITA Regional Championships, Magnani advanced to the semifinals before falling to eventual champion and USC teammate Jewel Peterson. Magnani also reached the finals of the Pac-10 Indoor Championships (Flight II) in January before falling to Cal's Jieun Jacobs. During the dual match season, she has played the majority of her matches at the No. 2 position and one at the No. 1 spot. Her wins include upsets over then No. 4 Sara Walker of UCLA on March 7 and No. 27 Chloe Carlotti of Fresno State on March 20. Magnani won seven consecutive matches from Feb. 27 through March 22 of this season. She and doubles partner Anita Loyola have found great success this season in doubles and have been ranked from the start. Currently No. 26, the pair has reached a No. 19 ranking with a 25-10 overall record and 13-12 mark in dual matches at the No. 2 spot.

Jewel Peterson
30-7 overall / 19-4 Dual Matches / 6-2 Pac-10 Matches

Junior Jewel Peterson recorded her best singles record yet this season, going 30-7 during the regular season and 19-4 in dual matches all at the No. 1 position. In the fall, she advanced to the finals of the ITA Regional Championships but was defeated by Sara Walker of UCLA for the title. She earned a bid to the ITA National Championship where she advanced to the quarterfinals (also her best performance yet at this tournament). In January, Peterson won her first Pac-10 Indoor Championship (Flight I) title by defeating Lauren Barnikow of Stanford. Peterson has won as many as nine consecutive matches this season and notched notable upset victories over Stanford's Lauren Kalvaria and Northwestern's Marine Piriou. In doubles, she and partner Tiffany Brymer have been ranked among the top-25 all season and reached as high as No. 4 on April 3. In the fall, the duo reached the semifinals of the ITA Regionals and the Pac-10 Indoor Championships. Brymer and Peterson also upset UCLA's then No. 4-ranked Petya Marinova and Sara Walker on March 7.

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