Women's Tennis Hosts Loyola Marymount

Feb. 12, 2002

This Week -- The No. 7 USC women's tennis team (3-3) returns home after a difficult three matches at the ITA Indoor Championships in Madison, Wisc. The Women of Troy went 2-1 at the championships, but have a few days off before hosting Loyola Marymount on Friday, Feb. 15, at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium.

At ITA Team Championships -- The Women of Troy got off to a rocky start, dropping their first round match at the ITA Team Championships. USC fell to No. 13 Notre Dame, 5-2, in the first round on Feb. 7, despite previously defeating the Fighting Irish in November in an exhibition match played in South Bend. Both matches were won by 5-2 scores. The loss marked USC's first in the opening round of the ITA since 1999.

Playing in the consolation bracket, the Trojans faced No. 17 Northwestern on Friday, Feb. 8. USC previously defeated the Wildcats to advance to the 2001 NCAA Round of 16 last season. This time Northwestern had the edge as the Wildcats earned a 4-3 win over the Women of Troy. Junior Jewel Peterson was the bright spot as she upset Northwestern's No. 9 Marine Piriou, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6, at No. 1 singles.

USC was able to come home with a victory in the final round as it defeated No. 18 Oklahoma State, 6-1, on Saturday, Feb. 9. At No. 1 doubles, the Trojans' No. 10-ranked Peterson and Tiffany Brymer upset fifth-ranked Linda Faltynkova and Katarzyna Kolodynska, 8-5, as USC swept the doubles point then went on to win 5-of-6 singles matches.

The Never-Ending Match -- With singles being played on three indoor courts in Madison, Wisc., and having to wait for two rotations, the USC-Northwestern match lasted six hours and 45 minutes. But nothing can ever compare to the Women of Troy's NCAA third round match against Miami in 1998. The Hurricanes and Trojans played for nearly eight hours and did not leave the courts until 3:30 a.m.

Diaz And Peterson Go Undefeated -- Juniors Jewel Peterson and Maureen Diaz came away unblemished from the championships. They went 3-0 in singles. Peterson's success also included doubles play as she and partner Tiffany Brymer also won all three doubles matches at No. 1.

Head Coach Richard Gallien -- Richard Gallien enters his seventh season at the helm of the USC women's tennis program. Last season he guided the 2001 Trojans to a 20-8 overall record, a No. 8 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 160-86 (.650) overall record and his teams have made six appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including three consecutive appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals.

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