Women's Tennis Hosts Arizona State, Arizona

Jan. 23, 2001

This Week -- 12th-ranked USC women's tennis (2-0) begins conference play this week when it hosts No. 7 Arizona State (1-0) and No. 24 Arizona. The Women of Troy face the Sun Devils on Jan. 26, then host the Wildcats on Jan. 27. Both matches will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium.

USC vs. Arizona State, Arizona -- Against the Sun Devils, USC owns a 29-16 all-time record and split last season with a loss in Tempe and a victory at home. Against the Wildcats, the Women of Troy boast a 30-15 record after sweeping the Wildcats in 2000, twice in the regular season and once in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC opened the 2001 season with a 7-0 victory over UCI on Jan. 17. The match was probably most important to sophomore Maureen Diaz who is in her first season at USC after transferring from UCI, where she played the No. 1 position as a freshman. Diaz swept her singles and doubles matches this afternoon. USC was forced to put forth a come-from-behind effort after dropping the first match of the afternoon. Tiffany Brymer and Jewel Peterson fell to UCI's Darian Chappell and Jonni Seymour 8-6 at the No. 1 spot. Following the loss, the Women of Troy won the next two doubles matches for the doubles point, and swept all six singles matches.

USC won its second match in as many days with a 7-0 victory over Long Beach State on Jan. 18. The Trojans played without Peterson at the No. 1 spot, allowing Krissy Hamilton-Heinberg into the lineup at No. 6. In her first match since April 14, 2000, she swept Cheryl Kindred 6-2, 6-0. At 7-7 in the No. 2 doubles and both teams already with a win apiece, Bernadette Bayani and Anita Loyola won two straight games to win 9-7 for the team point. The 49ers also had an opportunity to win a point at No. 2 singles, but Diaz rallied from a loss in the first set for a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Anastasia Dvornikova.

USC News & Notes -- This year's roster features no seniors, three juniors, three sophomores 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 142-78 (.645) overall record and his teams have made five appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

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