Women Of Troy Host Cal Poly, UC Irvine To Begin 2003 Season

Jan. 21, 2003

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This Week -- The No. 11-ranked USC women's tennis team opens the 2003 dual match season this week when its hosts Cal Poly on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 1:30 p.m. and UC Irvine on Friday, Jan. 24, at 1:30 p.m. Both matches will be played at Marks Tennis Stadium.

The Women of Troy advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 last season and posted an 19-8 overall record to finished ranked 11th nationally. Last year's squad also posted USC's best-ever record in the Pac-10 with a 7-1 mark to finish in second place behind NCAA champion Stanford. The Trojans return it's entire starting lineup from 2002, including All-Americans Jewel Peterson (singles & doubles) and Tiffany Brymer (doubles).

ITA Ranking Updates -- Released on Jan. 13, the preseason rankings have USC at No. 11. In singles, the Trojans' Jewel Peterson is ranked No. 3, Maureen Diaz is No. 55, Tiffany Brymer is No. 90 and Anita Loyola is No. 103. In doubles, Peterson and Brymer are ranked ninth and Loyola and Luana Magnani are ranked 40th.

USC vs. Cal Poly -- Wednesday's match against Cal Poly will mark the first-ever meeting between these two schools.

USC vs. UC Irvine -- USC is 18-0 all-time against UCI. Last season, the Women of Troy defeated the Anteaters 7-0 in Los Angeles.

Peterson, Brymer Win Doubles at Pac-10 Indoors -- USC saw outstanding doubles play as it kicked off the 2003 season at the Pac-10 Indoor Championships last week. The Women of Troy's performance was highlighted by seniors Jewel Peterson and Tiffany Brymer, who captured the Flight #1 Doubles Championship by upsetting top-seeded Claire Carter and Darija Klaic of Washington, 9-7. In the other doubles final, USC's Melissa Esmero and Maureen Diaz fell to UCLA's Shilpa Joshi and Anya Loncaric, 8-4, for the title. Junior Bernadette Bayani led the Women of Troy in singles by reaching the Flight #4 finals with key victories over Washington's Andrea Coulter in the semis and Cal's Jessica Shu in the quarters. Bayani was defeated by Brooke Borishoff in the championship match, 6-4, 6-4.

2002 Fall Highlights --Third-ranked Jewel Peterson highlighted the Trojans' fall season by advancing to the championship match at the ITA Omni National Championships. To qualify for the national tournament, Peterson won the Omni Region VIII Championships by defeating UCLA's Sara Walker in the finals. Peterson won 10 consecutive matches en route to the national championship match before falling to Georgia's Agata Cioroch for the title.

Head Coach Richard Gallien -- Richard Gallien enters his eighth season at the helm of the USC women's tennis program. Last season he guided the 2002 Women of Troy to a 19-8 overall record, the NCAA Round of 16 and USC's best-ever Pac-10 finish. The squad finished conference play with a program-best 7-1 record for second place. Gallien began his career at Pepperdine, coaching the men's team for three years, before joining the Trojan family. Over the last 10 years, he has compiled a 179-94 (.656) overall record and his teams have made seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including three consecutive appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals (1999-2001).

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