No. 4 USC Women Head North For More Pac-10 Play

April 5, 2006

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THIS WEEK: The No. 4 Women of Troy (13-2, 4-0 Pac-10) have a competitive road trip ahead with visits to No. 12 California (12-5, 1-0) and No. 1 Stanford (18-0, 5-0) this week. It will be the second meeting for the teams, with this week's results counting toward the Pac-10 standings. USC faces the host Bears at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (April 7) in Berkeley, and then plays the Cardinal at 12 p.m. on Saturday (April 8) in Palo Alto.

ITA RANKING UPDATES: USC is ranked #4 in the latest ITA team rankings (released April 4). The Women of Troy have four players ranked in singles. Freshman Amanda Fink is the #9 ranked player in the nation, while Dianne Matias is #28, Luana Magnani is #49, and Lindsey Nelson is #51. On the doubles scene, Magnani/Nelson are have moved up to #18, and Magnani/Fink are #32.

RECENT RESULTS: Just before USC's match with UCLA was rained out earlier this week, the Trojans picked up their second and third straight wins with a successful Pac-10 home stand with Arizona and Arizona State. The Trojans posted a 6-1 win over the Wildcats and a 5-2 victory over the Sun Devils. Against Arizona, USC dropped just one doubles match and a singles match, and against ASU, the Trojans missed out on the doubles point, but tacked up wins at the Nos. 1-6 singles positions to cruise to victory. Dianne Matias held on for the only three-set match of the day with a 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 win over ASU's Kady Pooler after Carine Vermeulen had clinched the match for USC. Against Arizona, Judy DeVera clinched the win from her No. 6 singles spot.

USC VS. CAL: USC is 27-23 all-time against the Bears after posting a 4-3 win over Cal earlier this season. The Bears most recently lost to Baylor 6-1 and beat Oregon 5-2. #13 Cal has four ranked players: #10 Zsuzsanna Fodor, #27 Suzi Babos, #98 Cristina Visico, #106 Marion Ravelojaona.

USC VS. STANFORD: USC is 17-52 all-time against the Cardinal after slipping in a 5-2 loss to Stanford earlier this season. The Trojans had been leading the match until rain interrupted play and postponed the continuation of the match until the following day. Stanford staged a comeback in the remaining singles matches to claim the victory and keep its winning streak intact. The Cardinal -- owners of 14 NCAA tennis titles -- are now on a 73-match win streak and has seven ranked players: #5 Alice Barnes, #7 Theresa Logar, #17 Anne Yelsey, #19 Amber Liu, #35 Celia Durkin, #41 Whitney Deason, #56 Jessica Nguyen,

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 recent matches 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 12-2 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 29-6 on the year, and 11-3 in dual matches after picking up her first two wins at the No. 1 singles slot last week 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 mostly been holding down the No. 5 and 6 singles slots but recently moved up to No. 4, where she got two more wins last week to hold a flawless 13-0 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.

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