Women's Tennis Faces Arizona State, Arizona This Week

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March 26, 2003

This Week -- The USC women's tennis team (15-1, 1-0 Pac-10) extended its win streak to 10 last week and looks to continue its momentum as it resumes Pac-10 play* this week. The Women of Troy host No. 8 Arizona State (7-3, 1-0 Pac-10) on Friday, March 28, at 1:30 p.m. and welcome No. 46 Arizona (4-5, 0-2 Pac-10) on Saturday, March 29, at Noon. Both matches will be played at Marks Tennis Stadium. The Trojans are coming off a 5-2 victory over 15th-ranked South Alabama and a 6-1 win No. 53 Pepperdine last week.

* This week's matches against Arizona and Arizona will count against conference records. Only the second of two meetings against Pac-10 teams during the season (except Oregon, which USC faces only once) count against Pac-10 records.

ITA Ranking Updates -- USC, which last week earned its first No. 1 ranking in 17 years, dropped to No. 3 this week despite extending its win streak. The Trojans' drop was the result of the ITA's computer rankings which calculates the strength of each team's wins and losses on a weekly basis. For more information on the ITA rankings, go to www.itatennis.com and an explanation can be found in the 'Rankings' section.

In singles, Jewel Peterson is ranked No. 6, Luana Magnani is No. 34, Maureen Diaz jumped to No. 84, Melissa Esmero entered the rankings at No. 99 and Carine Vermeulen is No. 116. In doubles, Peterson and Tiffany Brymer are ranked 18th. Individual and team rankings will be updated on April 9.

USC On Top -- USC took over the No. 1 ranking in the ITA poll on March 19, marking the first time the Women of Troy earned the top position in 17 years. After capturing the 1985 NCAA Championship, USC entered the 1986 season ranked No. 1, but eventually lost the position to Stanford during the season. Until this season, the Women of Troy had not been ranked higher than No. 3.

Pac-10 Takes Over -- The Pac-10 has five of the top 10 teams in this week's poll, including three of the top five (No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 USC, No. 4 California). All nine conference teams are ranked among the top 50, making the Pac-10 the only conference to have all schools represented in the poll. The SEC and Big XII are next in line with 11-of-12 teams ranked.

USC Active Streaks -- The Women of Troy have won their last 10 consecutive matches and have allowed only seven total points during that streak *** Freshman Carine Vermeulen has won her last 10 matches.

USC vs. Arizona State -- The Women of Troy are 31-19 all-time against the Sun Devils. USC beat Arizona State in the first meeting of the season, 7-0, in Tempe on Feb. 22.

USC vs. Arizona -- Saturday's match will mark the 51st meeting between the Trojans and Wildcats. USC owns a 35-15 all-time record against Arizona and won the first meeting of this season, 7-0, in Tucson on Feb. 21.

Last Week -- USC collected its ninth and 10th consecutive victories last week with wins over South Alabama and Pepperdine. The Women of Troy beat the Jaguars, 5-2, on March 19, then began by sweeping at all three doubles positions for the first point of the afternoon. The Trojans quickly earned two-set victories at the No. 6, 2 and 3 positions to secure the match with a 4-0 advantage. Despite clinching the match early, the remaining three singles matches faced a more difficult task and South Alabama eventually earned points at Nos. 1 and 5.

On March 21, USC defeated Pepperdine, 6-1. With only five available players, the Waves was forced to forfeit No. 3 doubles and No. 5 and 6 singles. USC had to win only one doubles match and one singles match to secure the match victory.The Women of Troy earned wins at No. 1 and 2 doubles and Jewel Peterson's 6-2, 6-4 win over Charlotte Vernaz at No. 1 gave the Trojans their match-clinching fourth point.

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 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 194-95 (.671) 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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