Women's Tennis Open 2001 Season At Home Today

Jan. 17, 2001

This Week -- The 12th-ranked USC women's tennis team begins the 2001 dual match season today as it hosts UC Irvine at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium. Tomorrow (Jan. 18) USC hosts Long Beach State at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium.

USC vs. UC Irvine, Long Beach State -- USC has never lost a match to either of these teams. Today's match will mark the 17th all-time meeting between the Trojans and Anteaters. USC owns a 16-0 series record against UCI. Thursday's match will be the 24th meeting against the 49ers. The Trojans own a 23-0 all-time record.

The Trojans' Last Outing -- Freshman Bernadette Bayani led the USC women's tennis team by advancing to the singles finals of her flight in the Pac-10 Indoor Tennis Tournament held at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center on the University of Washington campus last week (Jan. 12-14). Bayani defeated Mariko Fritz-Krockow of UCLA in the quarterfinals 6-4, 1-6, 6-1, then swept Amelia Anderson of Stanford 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the finals where she fell to Stanford's Sarah Pestieau 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Maureen Diaz and Caroline Christian each advanced to the semifinals in their flights. In doubles, the Trojans made two semifinal appearances. Jewel Peterson and Tiffany Brymer teamed to defeat Lauren Fisher and Petya Marinova of UCLA, 8-4, but fell to Lauren Barnikow and Lauren Kalvaria of Stanford 8-6 in the semifinals. Seeded 15th, Diaz and Melissa Esmero dropped an 8-6 decision to Stacey McKenna and Ana Maria Moura of Washington State in the semifinals.

USC News & Notes -- This year's roster features no seniors, three junior, three sophomore and two freshmen ...

2001 Fall Highlights -- Jewel Peterson highlighted USC's fall season by capturing her second-straight ITA Rolex Regional Singles Championship. Peterson defeated Michelle Gough of Arizona in the finals in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 and upset UCLA's Sara Walker - the third-ranked player in the country - in the semifinals. Sophomore Maureen Diaz also had an outstanding fall after winning the back draw title at the ASU Invitational (sophomore Anita Loyola won the title last season).

New Additions -- Jim Buck has joined the 2001 Women of Troy coaching staff as a volunteer assistant. Buck is a 1960 graduate of USC who helped lead the Trojans to the 1959 national championship.

Head Coach Richard Gallien -- Richard Gallien enters his sixth season at the helm of the USC women's tennis program. Last season he guided the 2000 Trojans to a 18-9 overall record, a No. 11 final team ranking and a quarterfinal appearance at the NCAAs. Gallien began his career at Pepperdine, coaching the men's team for three years, before joining the Trojan family. Over the last nine years, he has compiled a 140-78 (.642) overall record and his teams have made five appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

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