Women's Tennis Host No. 1 Stanford, No. 9 Cal
April 18, 2001
This Week -- In the last series of the regular season, the 15th-ranked USC women's tennis team (16-6, 4-2 Pac-10) hosts No. 1 Stanford (22-0, 9-0 Pac-10) and No. 9 Cal (14-4, 4-3 Pac-10) on Friday (April 20) and Saturday (April 21). Both matches will be played at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium.
Sorting Out Pac-10 Matches -- As of April 6 the Pac-10-counting matches have been officially adjusted. The USC-Cal match played in Los Angeles on April 21 will be an official conference match due to the rain cancellation of the April 6 match in Berkeley. The USC-Stanford match played on April 7 will count against Pac-10 records. The match in Los Angeles will not.
The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC captured a 4-3 victory over Washington State on Friday, and an identical 4-3 win over Washington on Saturday. Against the Cougars, WSU got off to a quick start as it picked up two doubles victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. At court six in singles, Melissa Esmero posted the first point for the Trojans with a 6-4, 6-2 win over van de Ven - the afternoon's only two-set victory for USC. Despite dropping matches at the No. 1 and 5 positions, USC rallied at courts 2, 3 and 4 for the win. In Seattle, Washington snatched the first point of the dual match after winning two of three doubles matches. In singles action, USC got the better of the Huskies by one match, gathering victories on courts No. 1, 3, 4 and 5. Jewel Peterson earned USC's only two-set victory with a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Kraszewski at center court.
USC News & Notes -- With its second win over UCLA on March 30, the Trojans swept the Bruins for the first time since 1988... The Trojans have not lost a match this season after winning the doubles point (13-0 after winning doubles point)... Maureen Diaz owns the team's best record so far with a 25-7 mark and .781 win percentage... This year's roster features no seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen... USC's top-six are all underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores).
USC vs. Stanford, Cal -- The Trojans are 20-19 all-time against Cal and endured two losses last season to the Golden Bears: 5-4 at home and 1-5 on the road. Against Stanford, the all-time record stands at 41-17 in the Cardinal's favor. Last season, USC dropped a 6-1 match at home and fell 6-3 on the road.
The Last Time Against Stanford, Cal -- The USC-Cal match scheduled on April 6 was cancelled due to rain. The Trojans then fell to top-ranked Stanford 7-0 on April 7 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium in Stanford. It was USC's second 7-0 loss to the Cardinal this season after facing Stanford in the quarterfinals of the National Team Indoor Championships on February 16 in Madison, Wisc. Stanford swept all three doubles matches to capture the first point of the dual. The Cardinal then captured four of the six singles matches in straight sets to ensure the afternoon victory.
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 156-84 (.650) overall record and his teams have made five appearances in the NCAA Tournament.