Women's Tennis To Host No. 17 Texas, Wednesday

March 11, 2003

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This Week -- After starting the Pac-10 season with two wins last week, the No. 2-ranked USC women's tennis team (12-1, 2-0 Pac-10) will take a little time off this week with only one nonconference match. The Women of Troy host No. 17 Texas (4-3, 4-0 Big XII) on Wednesday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium.

ITA Ranking Updates -- USC remained at No. 2 in the most recent poll released on March 5. This is the highest ranking the Women of Troy have received in nearly 15 years (records are unclear prior to 1988). In singles, Jewel Peterson is ranked No. 4, Luana Magnani is No. 32, Tiffany Brymer is No. 90 and Maureen Diaz ranks 96th. In doubles, Peterson and Brymer are ranked 20th. Individual rankings will be updated on March 19.

USC Active Streaks -- The Women of Troy have won their last seven consecutive matches *** Senior Jewel Peterson has won her last eight singles matches, freshman Carine Vermeulen has won her last seven and senior Anita Loyola has won her last six.

USC vs. Texas -- Texas is one of few schools that owns a winning record against the Women of Troy at 7-6, but a USC win on Wednesday would even the all-time series. The last meeting between these two teams was in 1996 when the Trojans defeated the Longhorns, 5-4, in Los Angeles.

Last Week -- USC defeated No. 8 UCLA, 5-2, on March 5 thanks to its outstanding singles play. With the win, the Women of Troy secured all five points awarded in women's tennis for the Lexus Gauntlet and beat UCLA twice in one season for the first time since 1988. In doubles, UCLA's Jackie Carleton and Feriel Esseghir earned an 8-5 win at No. 2 and Jewel Peterson and Tiffany Brymer responded with an 8-6 win at center court. At No. 3, Melissa Esmero and Carine Vermeulen were down 6-1 and rallied to come within one at 7-6, but could not gain the edge as UCLA took the match, 9-7, and entered singles with a 1-0 lead. But the Women of Troy wasted no time in singles before taking control of the match. At court two, Luana Magnani led 6-2, 1-0 when the Bruins' Suzi Wild was forced to retire. With the match tied 1-1, Anita Loyola and Vermeulen gave the Trojans the lead with two-set victories at No. 4 and 6, respectively. Needing one final point to clinch, Brymer defeated Anya Loncaric, 7-5, 6-3, at the No. 5 spot.

USC notched its second Pac-10 victory of the week with a 5-2 win over No. 36 Oregon on March 8. USC began the afternoon by capturing the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and 3 positions. Oregon gained momentum by winning the first set in four of the six singles matches. Courtney Nagle defeated USC's Luana Magnani at court two, 6-3, 6-4, and tied the team score, 1-1, but the Women of Troy quickly regained the edge by winning the next three consecutive singles matches at positions 1, 6 and 3 to clinch the victory.

Head Coach Richard Gallien -- Richard Gallien is in 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 (a 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 191-95 (.668) overall record and his teams have made seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including three appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals (1999-01).

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