Women's Tennis Travels To Arizona, Arizona State

March 14, 2001

This Week -- No. 12 USC women's tennis makes its first trip in nearly a month to face No. 22 Arizona (5-5) and No. 10 Arizona State (9-3) in Tucson and Tempe this week. The Women of Troy go up against the Wildcats on Friday, March 16, at 1 p.m. MT, then face the Sun Devils on Saturday, March 17, at Noon MT. These two matches do not count against Pac-10 records.

USC vs. Arizona, Arizona State -- Against the Sun Devils, USC owns a 29-17 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 31-15 record after sweeping the Wildcats in 2000, twice in the regular season and once in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Last Time -- USC opened the Pac-10 season with a 5-2 victory over Arizona on Jan. 27. The Women of Troy won all three doubles matches, then went up 4-0 when Maureen Diaz, Melissa Esmero and Tiffany Brymer each won their singles matches.

USC suffered a 6-1 loss to the visiting Arizona State Sun Devils on Jan. 28. Despite earlier strong performances from all three doubles tandems, the Trojans escaped with only one match victory to relinquish the doubles point. In singles play, Jewel Peterson was the only USC player to earn a win with a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 decision over Adria Engel at No. 1.

USC News & Notes -- Since moving up to play at No. 5 on Feb. 22, Tiffany Brymer has won 4-of-5 singles matches ... Maureen Diaz owns the team's best record so far with a 21-6 mark and .778 win percentage ... This year's roster features no seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen... USC's top-six are all underclassmen.

The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC won two of three doubles matches and four of six singles to defeat No. 18 William & Mary, 5-2, on March 8. The match was a battle from the start, with Jewel Peterson and Tiffany Brymer having to win a close tiebreaker to earn the doubles point for USC. Singles victories by Brymer and Melissa Esmero gave the Trojans a 3-1 lead. However, the Tribe's Lindsay Sullivan defeated Bernadette Bayani to narrow the deficit to 3-2 with two singles matches still in progress. After falling to Delphine Troch 5-7 in the first set, Peterson fought back and defeated Troch, 6-4, 6-4, to secure the victory for the Trojans.

The Trojans defeated No. 38 Miami, 6-1, on Sunday (March 11). USC won the doubles point thanks to a 9-8 victory at center court when Brymer and Peterson took Katia Bogomolova and Alanna Broderick to a tiebreaker, then defeated the pair 10-8 in the extra set. In singles, four two-set victories clinched the match for USC. The three-hour, 45-minute match was a stark contrast to the last meeting between these two teams. In 1999, USC advanced the NCAA Championship Round of 16 after defeating the Canes 5-4 in a match that lasted nearly eight hours and did not come to an end until 3:30 a.m.

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 151-81 (.651) overall record and his teams have made five appearances in the NCAA Tournament.