Fifth-Ranked Women Of Troy Head To Ojai In Pursuit Of Conference Titles At The Pac-10 Championships

April 20, 2005

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THIS WEEK -- The fifth-ranked USC women's tennis team (16-3, 7-1) travels to Ojai, Calif. to compete in the 2005 Pac-10 Championships. The event starts Thursday, April 21, and concludes Sunday, April 24, running all day. The Women of Troy look to make an impressive showing in Ojai, having taken second place in the Pac-10 during the regular season and only losing three matches (two of them to top-ranked and undefeated Stanford).

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. 5 in the latest ITA rankings released on April 19. The Trojans boast three ranked players, including two ranked in the Top 15 in singles with No. 9 Nicole Leimbach (freshman) and No. 14 Lindsey Nelson (freshman), and Anca Anastasiu entering at No. 79. USC's doubles duo of Nelson and Anastasiu comes in at No. 36 and Carine Vermeulen and Nelson appear at No. 42.

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 (18-1) so far this season in singles play, including a 17-match winning streak to begin her collegiate career, while Anastasiu and Matias hold only three singles losses. Nelson and Anastasiu have teamed up for an 11-0 record in doubles play at the No. 2 position.

USC IN THE 2004 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS-- Being such a young team, the Trojans only carry three players with Pac-10 Tournament experience. Last season, Anca Anastasiu reached the semi-finals, losing to Alice Barnes of Stanford, 6-1, 6-4. Dianne Matias and Carine Vermeulen both lost in the first round of last year's tournament.

RECENT RESULTS-- The Women of Troy are coming off a 5-2 loss at the hands of UCLA on April 16 in Westwood, Calif.

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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