Women Of Troy Tennis Goes Across Town To Face Rival UCLA

March 2, 2005

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THIS WEEK -- The 12th-ranked USC women's tennis team (6-1), coming off a win at home and a split in the Bay Area, travels across town to face the No. 11 UCLA Bruins (6-3). The non-conference match will be the last for the Trojans before conference play begins next week. The match will also put Lexus Gauntlet points up for grabs between the Trojans and the Bruins.

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 March 1. The Trojans boast four ranked singles players, including No. 9 Nicole Leimbach (freshman), No. 17 Lindsey Nelson (freshman), No. 87 Dianne Matias (sophomore) and No. 88 Anca Anastasiu (sophomore).

USC vs. UCLA -- Friday's match against UCLA will mark the 64th meeting between these two teams. USC owns a 37-26 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, the Trojans won the two regular season matches against the Bruins, 4-3, on Jan. 30 and, 5-2, on March 3 but lost, 4-2, in the NCAA Championships. USC has won four of the last five matches against UCLA.

RECENT RESULTS-- The Women of Troy played three matches last week, coming away with two victories. USC defeated No. 69 San Diego State at home, 7-0, on Wednesday, Feb. 23. The Trojans then headed north, where they defeated No. 17 California, 5-2, on Friday, Feb. 25, but lost to top-ranked Stanford, 5-2, in Palo Alto, on Feb. 26.

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.

LEXUS GAUNTLET--The winner of this week's USC-UCLA match scores 2.5 points towards the Lexus Gauntlet, a trophy awarded annually to the school with the most successful athletic year agauinst the other. Points are awarded to the winner of each head-to-head Trojan-Bruin contest. Currently, UCLA holds a 42.5 to 27.5 lead in this season's competition.

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