Women Of Troy Travel To UCLA, Host Oregon

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March 6, 2002

This Week -- The No. 15 USC women's tennis team (7-4) travels to No. 8 UCLA and hosts unranked Oregon this week in the first conference-counting matches of the season. The Trojans and Bruins play on Thursday, March 7, at 1:30 p.m. in Westwood. On Friday, March 8, the Women of Troy host the Ducks at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium. Thursday's match against the Bruins could decide the women's tennis winner in the Lexus Gauntlet Challenge. USC is coming off two dominating victories after defeating No. 30 Pepperdine, 6-1, on Feb. 27 and unranked San Diego, 7-0, on Feb. 28.

Battle for the Lexus Gauntlet -- After dropping the first meeting of the season to UCLA, Thursday's match gives USC the opportunity to win-back 2.5 of the 5.0 points awarded in women's tennis for the Lexus Gauntlet Challenge -- a season-long competition between USC and UCLA. This unique program awards points for the winner of each Bruin-Trojan head-to-head contest throughout the year and the Lexus Gauntlet trophy will be awarded to the school with the most points at year's end. USC currently leads 42.5-30.0.

ITA Ranking Updates -- The second update for individual rankings were released on March 6. USC moved up one spot to No. 15 in the team rankings. The Trojans' Jewel Peterson moved up two spots to No. 8 and Luana Magnani jumped one spot to No. 46. Maureen Diaz moved to No. 108. In doubles, Peterson and Tiffany Brymer remain at No. 12 and Magnani and Anita Loyola moved three spots to No. 23.

Against UCLA, Oregon -- USC is 32-24 all-time against rival UCLA after dropping the first match-up of the season at home. The Women of Troy are undefeated (5-0) against the Ducks in the all-time series and will face Oregon for the first time this season.

The Last Time Against UCLA -- Then-ranked No. 7 USC dropped its first match of the season to No. 16 UCLA, 5-2, on Feb. 1. UCLA begun by winning the first doubles match at No. 1. The Trojans' Luana Magnani and Anita Loyola managed to come back from down 3-2 to tie the No. 2 match at 6-6, but eventually fell to UCLA's Lauren Fisher and Megan Bradley, 8-6. At No. 3, USC's Melissa Esmero and Bernadette Bayani held a one-point lead throughout the match before pulling away for the final 8-6 win over Sarah Gregg and Catherine Hawley. With a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point, the Bruins didn't take long to clinch the victory by claiming two-set victories at No. 1, 2 and 3 singles, consecutively. The Women of Troy fought for two wins of their own. Maureen Diaz defeated Gregg on the fourth court, 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, and Tiffany Brymer came back after dropping the first set to defeat Fisher, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC defeated host Pepperdine by a final score of 6-1 in a dual match played on Feb. 27 at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu. The Trojans won all three doubles matches to start the afternoon. The most decisive victory came at the No. 3 spot as Bernadette Bayani and Melissa Esmero defeated Pepperdine's Anna Andersson and Monika Horvath by an 8-1 score. USC then captured five of the six singles matches in straight sets to claim the victory. Pepperdine's lone win was at No. 5 singles, as Horvath defeated Tiffany Brymer by scores of 6-4, 6-3.

The following day (Feb. 28), the Women of Troy easily defeated San Diego, 7-0, at Marks Tennis Stadium for its fifth win in its last six matches. After sweeping the three doubles matches, the Women of Troy lost only one set in singles. USC's first five singles players lost only 12 games all day. In the No. 1 singles match, USC's Jewel Peterson beat USD's Paola Arrangoiz of Mexico, 6-3, 6-2.

News N' Notes -- Jewel Peterson owns a significant win streak of her own, having won the last eight consecutive *** Maureen Diaz's six-match win streak came to an end with a three-set loss to LMU's Edit Pakay on Feb. 15 *** Freshman Luana Magnani currently owns the team's best singles record with a 22-6 mark *** Magnani and junior Anita Loyola boast the team's best doubles record at 17-5.

Get The Latest Info -- Updated team stats can always be found by logging on to www.usctrojans.com. They are located on the women's tennis page under 'Season Statistics.'

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 167-90 (.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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