No. 3 USC Women Continue Pac-10 Play With No. 30 Arizona and No. 13 ASU
March 29, 2006
THIS WEEK: The No. 3 Women of Troy (11-2, 2-0 Pac-10) returns to conference competition this week with a pair of home matches. The Trojans face Arizona and Arizona State for the second time this season, but this week's matches will count toward the Pac-10 standings. USC hosts No. 30 Arizona at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (March 31), and then faces No. 13 Arizona State at 1:30 on Saturday (April 1). Both matches will be played at Marks Stadium.
ITA RANKING UPDATES: USC is ranked #3 for the second straight week in the ITA team rankings (released March 28). The Women of Troy have four players ranked in singles (released March 21). Freshman Amanda Fink is the #7 ranked player in the nation, while Dianne Matias is #24, Lindsey Nelson is #48, and Luana Magnani is #49. On the doubles scene, DeVera/Matias are ranked #32, Magnani/Fink are #36, and Magnani/Nelson are #41.
RECENT RESULTS: After a tough 4-3 upset loss to #15 Baylor, USC rebounded with a solid performance last week against #46 Illinois in a 6-1 win. Anca Anastasiu continued her winning streak with an 11th straight victory just after Dianne Matias clinched the nonconference dual match win with a victory at No. 3 singles. Playing again without sick No. 1 singles player Lindsey Nelson, the Trojans managed a doubles sweep and then four straight singles wins to claim the victory.
USC VS. ARIZONA: USC is 40-15 all-time against the Wildcats after snapping Arizona's nine-match win streak earlier this season with a 6-1 victory on the road in February. The Wildcats are now 10-6 after falling to ASU last week. Danielle Steinberg is Arizona's only ranked player at #54.
USC VS. ASU: USC is 35-19 all-time against the Sun Devils after putting a stop to ASU's six-match win streak with a 5-2 road win in February. The Sun Devils are now 10-4 after beating Arizona last week. Roxanne Clarke is ASU's highest ranked player at #84, and Sabrina Capannolo is #116.
NELSON IN FULL EFFECT: USC's top returning player is right back at her winning ways. Playing at the No. 1 singles slot, sophomore Lindsey Nelson earned herself Pac-10 Player of the Week honors with a smooth effort over ranked opponents from Washington and Washington State. She holds an 8-3 record in dual match play so far this season, before sitting out last week with illness.
COMEBACK KID: Senior Luana Magnani missed out on the 2005 season with eligibility troubles, but is back in full effect this season for USC. She cruised to a 6-0 record in dual matches at the No. 4 singles slot until slipping in a No. 3 singles match at Arizona and is now 11-1 in dual matches. She holds a #49 ITA ranking in singles, and also is ranked with two different doubles partners -- #36 with Lindsey Nelson and #41 with Amanda Fink. For her efforts earlier in the season, Magnani was named a Pac-10 Player of the Week.
LEFTY ON THE LOOSE: Freshman southpaw Amanda Fink has wasted no time turning heads in her first year at USC. She was the nation's top-ranked player earlier this season and now sits as USC's highest ranked player at #7. She's 27-6 on the year, and 9-3 in dual matches after playing two dual matches at the No. 1 singles slot while Lindsey Nelson was out with illness.
ANCA IN ACTION: Junior Anca Anastasiu has some smarts to go along with her tennis success. A 4.0 student who also wields a wicked racket, Anastasiu is USC's only undefeated player in dual-match action. She's been holding down the No. 5 and 6 singles slots, posting a flawless 11-0 record in USC's dual match season.
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.