Women's Tennis Travels To Malibu Wednesday

March 20, 2001

This Week -- The No. 12 USC women's tennis team (12-4, 1-1) plays only one match this week against No. 13 Pepperdine (10-7) on Wednesday, March 21. The match will be played in Malibu at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center and will begin at 1:30 p.m.

ITA Rankings -- The ITA updated its singles and doubles rankings. Jewel Peterson is ranked 20th, while Maureen Diaz moved up to No. 63. In doubles, Melissa Esmero and Anita Loyola rank 32nd, and Peterson and Tiffany Brymer are 36th.

USC vs. Pepperdine -- USC and Pepperdine have met nearly every season since 1977, with the exception of last season when the match was never played after being postponed several times due to rain. The Women of Troy own a 25-11 all-time record against the Waves.

The Last Time Against the Waves -- A three-set win at No. 1 by Jewel Peterson clinched an upset victory for the then-No. 13 Women of Troy over No. 9 Pepperdine on Feb. 9. Tied at three apiece, the dual came down to the match-up between the Waves' Ipek Senoglu and Peterson. After winning the first set 6-3, Senoglu allowed Peterson to come back in the second, forcing a tiebreaker at 6-6. USC's ninth-ranked sophomore captured the set 7-6 (7-2) and pushed the match into a third set. As the only Trojan left playing after a USC loss at No. 4 tied the dual, Peterson rolled to a 6-3 win in the final set for the victory. Pepperdine began the match with a 1-0 lead after winning two of three doubles matches, including an 8-5 win at the top-spot by No. 1-ranked Senoglu and Paola Palencia over Peterson and Tiffany Brymer.

USC News & Notes -- Since moving up to play at No. 5 on Feb. 22, Tiffany Brymer has won 5-of-7 singles matches ... Maureen Diaz owns the team's best record so far with a 23-6 mark and .793 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 defeated Arizona 5-2 on Friday in Tucson. With a win apiece in doubles, it was Melissa Esmero and Anita Loyola who pulled out the 9-7 victory at court No. 2 to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead. Following a sweep by Jewel Peterson at center court over Michelle Gough 6-0, 6-0, the Trojans needed two more wins to ensure the victory. USC then took courts 2, 3 and 5 at which Tiffany Brymer pushed the Cats' Perrine Perrin to three sets for the 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 win.

USC finished the trip in Arizona with a 6-1 loss to 10th-ranked Arizona State on Saturday. In doubles play, ASU earned the team point by winning two of the three needed matches. In singles action, ASU did not drop a set in four of its six matches and won five of three matches to post the team victory. The Women of Troy's lone point came at the No. 3 spot as Maureen Diaz took care of Yeats 7-6, 6-2 after fighting for the tiebreaker in the first set.

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 152-82 (.650) overall record and his teams have made five appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

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