Women's Tennis Travels To San Diego, Host Arizona And Arizona State

Feb. 15, 2005

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This Week -- The 12th-ranked USC women's tennis team (3-0), following an off week, travels south to take on No. 51 San Diego ( 1-2) on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 1:30 p.m., then comes back home to host No. 47 Arizona (5-2) on Friday, Feb. 18, at 1:30 p.m. and No. 40 Arizona State (1-1) on Saturday, Feb. 19, at noon. Both matches over the weekend will be held at Marks Tennis Stadium.

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. 12 in the latest ITA rankings released on Feb. 15. 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. San Diego -- Wednesday's match against San Diego will mark the 21st meeting between these two teams. USC owns a 17-3 advantage in the all-time series, including last season's 5-2 victory in Los Angeles.

USC vs. Arizona -- The match between USC and Arizona will be the 54th in the series' history. The Trojans hold a 38-15 advantage over the Wildcats, including last season's sweep. Last year, the Women of Troy defeated Arizona, 5-2, in Tucson and then shut out the Wildcats, 4-0, in the NCAA Regionals in Los Angeles.

USC VS. Arizona State -- USC and Arizona State have previously met 52 times in their history with the Women of Troy leading the series 33-19. Last season, the Trojans defeated the Sun Devils, 4-3, in Tempe, in their only matchup of the season.

Recent Results -- The Trojans last took the court Feb. 4, blanking No. 37 Pepperdine, in Malibu, 7-0. The shutout was the second for the Women of Troy in three matches this season.

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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