Women's Tennis To Compete At Pac-10 Championship

April 25, 2001

This Week -- Following a 5-2 win over Cal and 6-1 loss to Stanford at home, the No. 12 USC women's tennis team finished the regular season with a 17-7 overall record and 6-2 conference mark. The Women of Troy completed the Pac-10 season in a second-place tie with Washington despite defeating the Huskies 4-3 during the regular season. This week, USC will compete at the Pac-10 Championship Tournament and Invitational on April 26-29 in Ojai, Calif.

Final Pac-10 Standings -- Stanford captured both the men's and women's team titles in 2001, with the Cardinal women posting an undefeated 8-0 record in Pac-10 play. This also marks the eighth-straight year that Stanford has won the women's title.

USC's second-place finish this season is a great improvement after finishing fourth in 2000. The last time the Women of Troy finished second was in 1999 when the team finished with a 7-1 record. Since 1989, 1999 and 2001 are the only two years USC finished as high as second in conference play. Prior to that, the Trojans finished first nine times, second twice and fourth once.

School			Conf. W-L	Overall W-L	Rank
Stanford 8-0 24-0 No. 1
USC 6-2 17-7 No. 12
Washington 6-2 18-7 No. 13
Arizona State 5-3 17-5 No. 11
California 3-5 14-6 No. 7
Washington State 3-5 11-8 No. 28
UCLA 2-5 6-17 No. 30
Arizona 1-7 6-13 No. 41
Oregon 0-7 5-16 ----

The Nation's Toughest Conference -- Once again, the Pacific-10 conference proved to be the toughest tennis conference in the country. Eight of the nine Pac-10's universities which sponsor women's tennis were ranked among the top-100 - six of which have consistently remained in the top-15. In singles, seven of the top-25 competitors are from the Pac-10, and seven among the top-25 in doubles. There are 16 total singles players who represent the conference in the top-100, and 15 doubles pairs.

NCAA Championships -- Following the conference championship, the Women of Troy will await the 2001 NCAA tournament selections. The announcement will be made on Thursday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m. PT. Regional action will begin on May 11-13 on campus sites. The championships will be held at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga., May 17-25.

Last Year At Pac-10 Championships -- The 2000 Pac-10 Championship turned out to be a success for each of the USC women's tennis players - starters or not. Jacqui Boyd and Jewel Peterson captured the 2000 Pac-10 Invitational Doubles Championship by defeating Jen Heiser and Sara Pestieau of Stanford 6-4, 7-6. The duo had only played 13 matches together all season and boasted an 8-5 overall record prior to the tournament. The Women of Troy were also represented in the Pac-10 Tournament Doubles Championship by ranked partners Tiffany Brymer and Kara Warkentin. The duo lost in the finals to ninth-ranked Lindsey Blau and Michelle Gough of Arizona 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Throughout the four-day tournament USC had six singles advance to the second round of play, and three to the quarterfinals. Among them, Warkentin dropped a narrow 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 loss to Stanford's Lauren Kalvaria in the quarterfinals of the main tournament, and Brymer and Krissy Hamilton-Heinberg fell in the quarterfinals of the Invitational. Following are the complete tournament results.

Jacqui Boyd (Tournament)

1st Round: def. Lindsay Blau (Arizona) - 6-2, 6-2
2nd Round: lost to Sara Walker (UCLA) - 1-6, 1-6

Jewel Peterson (Tournament)
1st Round: def. Michelle Gough (Arizona) - 6-1, 6-3
2nd Round: lost to Keiko Tokuda (Stanford) - 6-4, 4-6, 0-6

Kara Warkentin (Tournament)
1st Round: def. Monika Gieczys (Oregon) - 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
2nd Round: def. Faye DeVera (Arizona State) - 6-3, 6-3
Quarterfinals: lost to Lauren Kalvaria (Stanford) - 6-2, 1-6, 6-7

Tiffany Brymer (Invitational)
1st Round: def. Emeka Mayes (California) - 7-5, 6-4
2nd Round: def. Zeta Wagner (Washington) - 6-2, 6-1
Quarterfinals: lost to Jen Heiser (Stanford) - 3-6, 0-6

Caroline Christian (Invitational)
1st Round: lost to Mhairi brown (Arizona State) - 5-7, 2-6

Krissy Hamilton-Heinberg (Invitational)
1st Round: def. Zuzana Stunova (Wash) - 6-3, 6-2
2nd Round: def. Celena McCoury (Arizona State) - 6-4, 6-2
Quarterfinals: lost to Elizabeth Schmidt (UCLA) - 3-6, 0-6

Anita Loyola (Invitational)
1st Round: def. Jenny Lee (California) - 6-3, 6-4
2nd Round: lost to Laresa Marino (Arizona) - 4-6, 2-6 inj.

Brymer/Safarova (Tournament)

1st Round: def. Filipovic/Pine (Washington State) - 8-2
Quarterfinals: def. Cooper/Marinova (UCLA) - 9-8
Semifinals: def. Bradshaw/McCoury (ASU) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Finals: lost to Balu/Gough (Arizona) - 4-6, 6-3, 5-7

Boyd/Peterson (Invitational Champions)
Quarterfinals: def. Fusano/Mayes (California) - 8-6
Semifinals: def. Van de Ven/Pienaar (WSU) - 6-2, 6-3
Finals: def. Heiser/Pestieau (Stanford) - 6-4, 7-6

Christian/Hamilton-Heinberg (Invitational)
1st Round: lost to Gray/Stunova (Wash) - 4-8

The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC fell to top-ranked Stanford 6-1 on Friday (April 20) at Marks Tennis Stadium. Stanford opened with the 1-0 lead after sweeping all three doubles matches, then earned its second point at No. 4 singles when Lauren Barnikow defeated Tiffany Brymer 6-0, 6-1. Having fallen to the Cardinal 7-0 twice before, the Trojans posted their first point of the season when USC's Melissa Esmero defeated Emilia Anderson 6-3, 6-3 at the sixth court. But that was the closest the Women of Troy would get as the Cardinal won the remaining five matches for the victory.

USC closed out the 2001 regular season with a 5-2 upset victory over No. 9 Cal Saturday (April 21) at home. The Trojans opened the afternoon by winning two of three doubles matches. Despite losing the doubles contest at center court, USC's Melissa Esmero and Anita Loyola captured an 8-4 win at No. 2, and Maureen Diaz and Bernadette Bayani followed with an 8-6 win at No. 3. With the doubles point in hand, the Women of Troy earned the next two points with two-set victories at courts five and six. Cal responded with a win at No. 2, but Tiffany Brymer clinched the match by adding USC's fourth point with a third-set tiebreaker victory (6-2, 3-6, 7-6) over the Bears' Jieun Jacobs.

Peterson Wins Second Rolex Regional Title -- 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.

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

Opening Match Proves Important For Diaz -- On Jan. 17 USC opened the 2001 dual match season with a 7-0 victory over UC Irvine. The match was probably most important to sophomore Maureen Diaz who is in her first season at USC after transferring from UC Irvine. Diaz played at the No. 1 position for the Anteaters last season and advanced to the NCAA Singles Championships. In that match, Diaz swept her singles and doubles matches with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Natalie Exon in singles and an 8-1 victory with partner Melissa Esmero in doubles.

Another Miami Match-Up -- On March 11 USC easily defeated No. 38 Miami, 6-1, in a nonconference match at Marks Tennis Stadium. 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.

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 (14-0 after winning doubles point)... Maureen Diaz owns the team's best record so far with a 28-9 mark and .757 win percentage... In the fall, Diaz won the back draw title at the ASU Invitational, keeping the championship in the family - sophomore Anita Loyola won the title last season... This year's roster features no seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen... USC's top-six are all underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores).

Head Coach Richard Gallien -- Richard Gallien is in 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 157-85 (.649) overall record and his teams have made five appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Player Profiles ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

Bernadette Bayani
15-18 Overall / 10-13 Dual Matches / 8-11 Pac-10 Matches
Despite struggling through much of the regular season, Bernadette Bayani's best performance this year was at the Pac-10 Indoor Championships were she advanced to the finals with wins over Mariko Fritz-Krockow of UCLA and Amelia Anderson of Stanford. She fell to Sarah Pestieau of Stanford in the championship match. During the regular season, Bayani began playing at the No. 4 position but endured a six-match losing streak in March. Since moving to No. 5 she has won the last 4-of-8 matches, including a 6-1, 6-2 win over Cal's Sekita Grant to end the season. In doubles, Bayani began the season with partner Anita Loyola and the pair posted a 4-3 record. Since February, Bayani has teamed with Maureen Diaz for a 10-11 mark.

Tiffany Brymer
14-10 overall / 13-8 Dual Matches / 6-8 Pac-10 Matches

Not having played singles in the fall, Tiffany Brymer's playing year began in the regular season. Over the course, she moved from the No. 6 spot in the lineup to No. 4 by season's end. Brymer was most successful in the month of March when she won 5-of-8 matches, including four-straight victories against Arizona, Miami, William & Mary and UCLA. Brymer ended the season with an important victory of Jieun Jacobs of Cal. Playing at No. 1 doubles for the second-straight year, Brymer and Jewel Peterson have been ranked in the top-20 for much of the season and own a 17-14 overall record. In the fall the pair advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rolex Regionals and the semifinals of the Pac-10 Indoor Championships.

Maureen Diaz
28-9 overall / 18-6 Dual Matches / 16-6 Pac-10 Matches

With the team's best record overall and in dual and Pac-10 matches, Maureen Diaz has had an outstanding first year with the Women of Troy after transferring from UC Irvine in 2000. In her first fall tournament, Diaz captured the ASU Invitational Main Draw Consolation Championship by defeating Celena McCoury of Arizona State 6-2, 6-4. She also advanced to the third round of the Rolex Regional, and the semifinals of the Pac-10 Indoor Championships. Playing all but one dual match at No. 3, Diaz has been a consistent point for the team. Between February 17 and March 17 she won eight consecutive matches - her longest win streak of the season. In doubles, Diaz began the season with partner Melissa Esmero and the pair posted a 6-3 record. Since February, Diaz has teamed with Bernadette Bayani for a 10-11 mark.

Melissa Esmero
18-9 overall / 15-7 Dual Matches / 8-8 Pac-10 Matches

With a .667 win percentage as a freshman, Melissa Esmero has been a consistent and top player for the Women of Troy. She only competed in one fall tournament before reaching the semifinals of the Pac-10 Indoor Championships in January. Esmero won her first 6-of-7 dual matches at No. 5 despite suffering from sudden symptoms of vertigo. She was officially diagnosed in late January. In March Esmero moved to No. 6 in the lineup and since then has posted a 9-4 record. Esmero is currently riding a two-match win streak after defeating Emilia Anderson of Stanford and Nicole Havlicek of Cal to end the season. In doubles, Esmero began the season with partner Maureen Diaz and the pair posted a 6-3 record. Since February, Esmero has teamed with Anita Loyola for a 10-9 overall record. Despite four-straight losses in the month of April, the duo finished the season with an 8-4 win over Cal's Christina Fusano and Sekita Grant.

Anita Loyola
16-18 overall / 11-12 Dual Matches / 7-12 Pac-10 Matches

In one year Anita Loyola jumped from No. 5 in the lineup to No. 2 where she played at in all but one match this year. In the fall, Loyola reached the consolation semifinals of the ASU Invitational and the third round of the Rolex Regionals with a big win over ASU's Celena McCoury in the second round. At the start of the regular season, Loyola played and won one match at No. 1 against Long Beach State. The remainder of the season has been full of ups-and-downs - she has lost and won no more than three-straight matches. Loyola did earn big wins over ranked opponents such as Debbie Larocque of Arizona, Cintia Torterella of Pepperdine and Petya Marinova of UCLA during the season. In doubles, Loyola began the season with partner Bernadette Bayani and the pair posted a 4-3 record. Since February, Loyola has teamed with Melissa Esmero for a 10-9 overall record. Despite four-straight losses in the month of April, the duo finished the season with an 8-4 win over Cal's Christina Fusano and Sekita Grant.

Jewel Peterson
24-11 overall / 15-8 Dual Matches / 11-8 Pac-10 Matches

Taking over the No. 1 position as a sophomore, Jewel Peterson was quick to start off where she left off after an outstanding freshman campaign. In the fall she captured her second-consecutive Rolex Regional Singles Championship with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Michelle Gough of Arizona in the finals. En route, Peterson upset third-ranked Sara Walker of UCLA in the semis. She advanced to the Rolex National Indoor Championships but fell to eventual champion Ipek Senoglu of Pepperdine in the second round. Peterson evened the score by defeating Senoglu twice during the dual match season. She did not lose a match in the month of November (seven-straight wins) and recorded six straight victories between Feb. 22 and March 16. Peterson has been ranked in the top-25 throughout the season. Playing at No. 1 doubles, Peterson and Tiffany Brymer have been ranked in the top-20 for much of the season and own a 17-14 overall record. In the fall the pair advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rolex Regionals and the semifinals of the Pac-10 Indoor Championships.