Women's Tennis Faces Pepperdine

Feb. 2, 2005

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This Week -- The seventh-ranked USC women's tennis team (2-0), coming off wins over Cal Poly and Long Beach State, faces 37th-ranked Pepperdine (2-1) this week in a make-up match. The match, originally scheduled on Jan. 28 was postponed due to rain. The two teams will meet on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 1:30 p.m. in Malibu.

The Women of Troy return five letterwinners and welcome four newcomers in 2005. The young team features no seniors and a starting lineup led by two freshmen, three sophomores and a junior. USC went 18-7 overall in 2004, finished second in the Pac-10 with a 7-1 record and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16.

ITA Ranking Updates -- The Women of Troy remain at No. 8 in the latest ITA rankings released on Feb. 1. The Trojans boast five ranked singles players, including No. 6 Nicole Leimbach (freshman), No. 29 Lindsey Nelson (freshman), No. 62 Anca Anastasiu (sophomore), No. 70 Dianne Matias (sophomore) and No. 78 Carine Vermeulen (junior). In doubles, Vermeulen and Nelson are ranked 36th.

USC vs. Pepperdine -- Thursday's match will be the 43rd meeting between these two teams. USC owns a 30-12 advantage in the all-time series, including last season's 7-0 victory in Los Angeles.

A Long Break -- After facing the Waves, the Women of Troy will have 12 days off before facing San Diego on Feb. 16. USC, originally scheduled to participate in this week's ITA Team Indoor Championship in Madison, Wisc., will not participate.

Recent Results -- USC began the season on Jan. 19 and 21 with wins over No. 56 Cal Poly and No. 58 Long Beach State. The Women of Troy got past the Mustangs with a 6-1 victory, then swept the visiting 49ers, 7-0.

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 10th season at the helm of the USC women's tennis program. Last season he guided the 2004 Women of Troy to a 18-7 overall record, the NCAA Round of 16 and a No. 8 final national ranking. Gallien began his career at Pepperdine, coaching the men's team for three years, before joining the Trojan family. Over the last 12 years, he has compiled a 219-107 (.672) overall record and his teams have made nine appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including an appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals four out of the last six years.

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