Women of Troy Women's Tennis Takes On Crosstown Rival UCLA, Goes Up North Against The Washington Schools

March 8, 2005

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THIS WEEK -- The 13th-ranked USC women's tennis team (6-1) opens Pac-10 play against crosstown rival No. 10 UCLA Wednesday, March 9, at 1:30 p.m. in a rescheduled match which was postponed due to rain. The match will put Lexus Gauntlet points up for grabs between the Trojans and the Bruins. The match was originally set to take place March 4 at UCLA but will now be held at Marks Stadium with the April 15th match switched to be held at UCLA. The Women of Troy will then meet Pac-10 foes No. 75 Washington State, Friday, March 11, at 1:30 p.m. in Pullman, Wash. and then travel to Seattle to face No. 12 Washington, Saturday, March 12, at noon.

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 fell one spot to No. 13 in the latest ITA rankings released on March 8. The Trojans boast two players ranked in the Top 20 in singles with No. 15 Nicole Leimbach (freshman) and No. 16 Lindsey Nelson (freshman), USC's Anca Anastasiu and Lindsey Nelson also make their debut at No. 56.

USC VS. UCLA -- Wednesday'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' Round of 16. USC has won four of the last five matches against UCLA.

USC VS. WASHINGTON STATE -- The Trojans and the Cougars have met 10 times in their history with USC winning each match, dating back to 1994.

USC VS. WASHINGTON -- USC and Washington have met 12 times in their history with the Women of Troy leading the series, 11-1.

RECENT RESULTS-- The Women of Troy last took the court two weeks ago, 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. The March 4th match against UCLA was rescheduled for this Wednesday.

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.