Fourth-Ranked Women of Troy Wrap Up The Regular Season On Saturday When They Travel To Westwood To Face Crosstown Rival No. 10 UCLA

April 14, 2005

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This Week -- Coming off a split against the Bay Area schools last week, the fourth-ranked USC women's tennis team (16-2, 7-1) heads across town to face rival No. 10 UCLA on Saturday, April 16, at noon in Westwood, Calif. The match carries Lexus Gauntlet implications as the competition between the schools is approaching the end with the Trojans having cut the margin to five (45-40). The match will also be the last of the regular season with the Pac-10 Championships to follow.

The Women of Troy returned five letterwinners and welcomed 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 this week to No. 4 in the latest ITA rankings released on April 12. The Trojans boast three ranked players, including two ranked in the Top 15 in singles with No. 10 Nicole Leimbach (freshman) and No. 13 Lindsey Nelson (freshman), and Anca Anastasiu entering at No. 108. USC's Carine Vermeulen and Nelson come in at No. 27 in doubles and Anastasiu and Nelson appear at No. 37.

Youth Prevails-- USC freshman Lindsey Nelson, and sophomores Anca Anastasiu and Dianne Matias have done more than what is normally expected of such youth. Nelson holds a near spotless record (17-1) so far this season in singles play, including a 17-match winning streak to begin her collegiate career, while Anastasiu holds only two singles losses and Matias three. Nelson and Anastasiu have teamed up for an 11-0 record in doubles play at the No. 2 position.

USC vs. UCLA -- USc and UCLA have previously met 64 times in their history with the Women of Troy enjoying a 38-26 advantage. The Trojans have also won six of the previous seven matches, including their first meeting this season, 4-3, on March 9 at Marks Stadium.

Recent Results-- The Women of Troy are coming off a split at home against the Bay Area schools last weekend. The Trojans opened up against top-ranked Stanford but fell in a close 4-3 match on April 8 where the Women of Troy won the singles matches at the first three positions. USC then welcomed in No. 20 California, defeating them, 4-3, on Saturday, April 9.

Nicole Leimbach, ranked 10th nationally, had an impressive weekend, upsetting two opponents ranked in the Top-10. Leimbach beat Stanford's ninth-ranked Amber Liu, 0-6, 7-6, 6-3, at center court on April 8 and followed that with a 6-1, 6-1 upset victory over fourth-ranked Suzi Babos of California on April 9.

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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