No. 4 USC Women Take Off For Arizona This Week

Feb. 23, 2006

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THIS WEEK: The No. 4 Women of Troy (5-1) hit the road this weekend for a pair of matches against undefeated Pac-10 opponents. The Trojans first face No. 17 Arizona State (6-0) at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 24), and then No. 45 Arizona (9-0) at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 25). Neither match counts toward Pac-10 play.

ITA RANKING UPDATES: USC remains ranked No. 4 in the latest ITA team rankings (released Feb. 22). The Women of Troy have four players ranked in singles. Freshman Amanda Fink just popped up to the top of it all at No. 1, while Dianne Matias is No. 23, Luana Magnani is No. 48, and Lindsey Nelson is No. 90. On the doubles scene, DeVera/Matias are ranked No. 18, Magnani/Nelson are No. 24, and Magnani/Fink are No. 52. Arizona State ranks No. 17 as a team, and Arizona is No. 45.

RECENT RESULTS: USC was dealt its first loss of the season in a rain-interrupted match with top-ranked Stanford. The Trojans were leading the match until rain postponed the competition until two days later. In the meantime, USC posted a 4-3 win over #6 California, but the Cardinal bested USC 5-2 when the pair matched back up the following day. Luana Magnani was the only Trojan to win both her singles matches on the weekend, and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for her success.

USC VS. ASU: USC is 34-19 all-time against the Sun Devils. ASU is off to its best start in five years with a 6-0 record. The Trojans beat ASU twice last season, including a 4-0 win during in the NCAA Second Round.

USC VS. ARIZONA: USC is 39-15 all-time against the Wildcats, who have gone 9-0 to start the 2006 season. The Trojans beat Arizona 6-1 in their last meeting in 2005.

2006 TROJANS: The 2006 USC squad, led by head coach Richard Gallien -- in his 11th season at Troy -- is highlighted by six returning players from last year's team that reached the NCAA Quarterfinals and finished the 2005 season with a No. 7 national ranking. This year, the Trojans boast four newcomers to the roster as USC works toward an 11th straight appearance at the NCAA Tournament. USC finished with 19-4 overall record and went 7-1 in Pac-10 play to finish second in the conference.

HEAD COACH Richard Gallien: Now entering his 11th season at Troy, Gallien has strung together 10 straight NCAA appearances, nine top-20 team rankings and five trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Under Gallien's watch, USC has finished no lower than 11th for the past seven years. At USC, Gallien has compiled a 176-87 overall record and .669 win percentage. In his 13 years as a head coach (also coaching the men at Pepperdine prior to coming to USC), he boasts a 238-111 (.682) career mark.

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