No. 7 USC Women Stay On The Road For Two More

April 3, 2007

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THIS WEEK: The No. 7 Women of Troy continue Pac-10 play with a road trip to Arizona this week. Now riding 10 straight dual match wins, USC will first visit No. 42 Arizona for a 1:30 p.m. match on Friday (April 6) before heading to No. 25 Arizona State for a noon match on Saturday (April 8). The Trojans topped both teams at home earlier in the season.

ITA RANKING UPDATES: USC (14-2, 3-0 Pac-10) began the season ranked #3 in the nation, and has since moved to #7 in the latest ITA national rankings (released April 3). On the individual side, in rankings as of April 3, Lindsey Nelson sits at #10 in singles, followed by #12 Sarah Fansler, #97 Dianne Matias and #124 Katja Decker-Sadowski. In doubles, Fansler/Matias are #43, ahead of #53 DeVera/Fink.

USC VS. ARIZONA: USC is 42-15 all-time against the Wildcats, with the latest USC win coming earlier this season in a 7-0 home sweep. #42 Arizona is 8-10 overall and 2-2 in Pac-10 play, and has #91 Danielle Steinberg ranked in singles.

USC VS. ASU: USC is 37-19 all-time against the Sun Devils, with the latest USC win coming earlier this season in a 4-3 victory at home. #25 ASU is 9-8 overall and 2-2 in Pac-10 play, and has #34 Nadia Abdala and #72 Sabrina Capannolo ranked in singles, and #12 Pooler/Clarke ranked in doubles.

RECENT RESULTS: USC posted the Trojans' ninth straight dual match win with a 7-0 decision over host Oregon, holding the Trojans undefeated all-time against the Ducks, 11-0. The only place that Oregon grabbed the upper hand last week was in one doubles match. USC's Anastasiu/Fink - playing together for the first time this season - were topped by Oregon's Hirt/Seremeta at the No. 2 position. But that would be all the Ducks would be granted in the match. #31 Fansler/Matias won 8-6 at No. 3, and No. 1 pair Nelson/Smekodub were able to pull out a hard-fought win against a competitive Dieskova/Olivos pair, 9-8 (2) to secure the doubles point for USC. From top to bottom, USC pulled out singles wins across the board. At No. 1, #12 Sarah Fansler grabbed a 6-2, 6-2 win over Oregon's top gun, Dominika Dieskova. At No. 2, #8 Lindsey Nelson beat out Ana Cecilia Olivos 6-0, 6-3. At No. 3, #117 Amanda Fink won 4-6, 6-6, (10-6), notching the sophomore's fifth straight singles win. Meanwhile, Anca Anastasiu would tack up a 6-3, 6-2 win over Monica Hoz de Vila, and #92 Dianne Matias beat Anna Powaska 6-3, 6-1 from her No. 5 spot. At No. 6, Julie Smekodub pinned up a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Claudia Hirt, helping USC to its third Pac-10 win of the year.

DRIVING FORCE: 2006 Honda Award finalist Lindsey Nelson is back again for the Women of Troy, holding down the fiercely competitive No. 1 singles slot for dual match play. She reached the NCAA singles final last season, and opened her 2007 junior campaign by adding to her list of successes with a win in the championship match of the National Collegiate Tournament, beating UCLA's Yasmin Schnack to claim the title. Nelson is 11-3 in dual matches and 18-4 overall in singles this season, and currently ranks #10 in the ITA rankings.

CHEERS FOR FANSLER: USC freshman Sarah Fansler made a name for herself quickly at Troy. She boasts the the most singles wins (24) on the team, is 13-2 in dual match singles, and is currently ranked #12 in singles. She was #9 as the 2007 season began -- a ranking earned largely from her championship run at the ITA West Regionals, where she became one of a string of Women of Troy to reach the final. Aside from 2003's tournament that was cancelled after the quarterfinals due to area fires, there has been a USC player in every ITA Western Regional singles final since 1998. Current Trojans Amanda Fink and Lindsey Nelson also reached the final in their freshman seasons, with Fink winning the title in 2005 and Nelson coming in second in 2004. Before that, Jewel Peterson won the title all four years (1999-2002), and Ditta Huber won in 1998.

LONE RANGER: 2006 Pac-10 Rookie of the Year Amanda Fink is the only lefty and the only sophomore on the USC roster, but she fits in perfectly on the Trojan ladder. She is locking down the No. 3 singles position, going 13-3 in dual match play so far and 18-8 overall while currently holding the longest win streak on the team with five straight singles wins.

SENIORITY RULES: USC has four seniors on the roster this year, and each and every one is loaded with experience. Three of them were members of USC's 2006 NCAA Semifinalist squad that finished out the year ranked No. 3 in the nation. This year, Academic All-American Anca Anastasiu (13-3 dual, 20-9 overall) along with Judy DeVera (8-2, 14-6) and Dianne Matias (9-5, 15-10) are joined by senior transfer Julie Smekodub (9-2, 12-6), who comes to USC with a year of eligibility remaining after Tulane closed the doors on its women's tennis program following a season cancelled by Hurricane Katrina. Smekodub and Anastasiu teamed up in the fall for doubles, winning the ITA West Regional Doubles Championship with a final victory over USC teammates Fansler/Matias. Matias is currently ranked #97 in singles.

FOURTEEN AND COUNTING...: USC's senior-sophomore combo of Judy DeVera / Amanda Fink have been all-out dominating in doubles play. Riding a 14-match win streak, the pair is undefeated in dual match action with a vice grip on the No. 2 slot. DeVera/Fink are 22-4 overall and 14-0 in dual match action, and are now ranked #53 in the ITA.

ON GALLIEN'S WATCH: As head coach Richard Gallien's enters his 12th season at Troy, he has strung together 11 straight NCAA appearances for for USC along with 10 top-20 team rankings, six trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals and last season's journey to the NCAA Semifinals. Under Gallien's watch, USC has finished no lower than 11th for the past eight years. He has compiled a 197-91 overall record and .684 win percentage at USC. In his 14 years as a head coach (also coaching the men at Pepperdine prior to coming to USC), he boasts a 259-115 (.693) career mark. In 2006, Gallien's USC squad rolled to another 7-1 mark in Pac-10 play and worked its way into the NCAA Semifinals, where the Trojans fell to Miami in a match that was interrupted by rain and resumed the next day. USC finished with a 21-4 overall record and wound up ranked No. 3 at season's close.

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