Women's Tennis Returns Home For Pac-10 Matches

April 8, 2002

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This Week -- The No. 13 USC women's tennis team (14-6, 4-0 Pac-10) returns home, after playing its last four consecutive on the road, to host Washington and No. 28 Washington State on Friday (April 12) and Saturday (April 13) at 1:30 p.m. and noon, respectively. Both matches will be played at Marks Tennis Stadium and both will count against Pac-10 records. USC is coming off a 6-1 loss to Stanford and a 4-3 loss to Cal.

Win Streak Comes To An End -- The Trojans' two losses in the Bay Area last week put an end to their nine-match win streak -- the longest streak since the start of the 1990 season when USC won nine straight before falling to Florida.

Best Since 1999 -- USC's 4-0 Pac-10 start is the team's best since recording a 7-1 conference record in 1999 after a 6-0 start. The Trojans could match that start with two conference wins this week.

ITA Ranking Updates (Next Ranking 4/10/02) -- USC moved up to No. 13 in the last rankings released on April 3. In singles, USC's Jewel Peterson jumped to No. 5 and Luana Magnani moved to No. 31. Maureen Diaz is ranked No. 88. In doubles, Peterson and Tiffany Brymer moved up to No. 4 and Magnani and Anita Loyola improved to No. 19.

Against Washington, Washington State -- The Women of Troy have a lot at stake this week since they have never lost a match to either Washington or Washington State. USC owns a 9-0 all-time record against Washington and a 7-0 mark against Washington State.

The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC suffered a 6-1 loss at Stanford to put an end to its nine-match win streak on Friday, April 5. The Women of Troy fell behind at the start after dropping all three doubles matches to give Stanford a 1-0 lead. In singles, USC dropped the first set at all six positions, scoring no more than two points in a single set. Despite the Trojans' comeback effort, which sent three matches into a third set, the Cardinal did not take long as they clinched the match victory with two-set wins at courts 3, 5 and 6. Jewel Peterson posted the team's only point as she defeated Stanford's No. 10-ranked Lauren Kalvaria, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, at center court.

USC endured its second straight loss with a 4-3 defeat at the hands of No. 21 California the following day. As it turned out, everything came down to the doubles point and Cal was the first on the board after winning at the No. 2 and 3 positions. Before the Women of Troy were able to score a point, Cal secured the match victory with singles wins at the No. 2, 3 and 4 spots. Down 4-0, the Trojans fought to earn the final three points as Peterson defeated Kops-Jones, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 1, Tiffany Brymer beat Carla Arguelles, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, at No. 5 and Melissa Esmero posted a 7-6, 6-1 win over Nicole Havlicek at No. 6.

News N' Notes -- Jewel Peterson owns the team's longest current streak, having won her last seven consecutive and last 15-of-16, including a win over Stanford's No. 10 Lauren Kalvaria on Friday (April 5) *** Peterson also owns the team's best singles record with a 27-6 (.818) mark *** Anita Loyola owns team's longest win streak of the season with nine straight wins from Feb. 27 through March 30 *** Magnani and Loyola boast the team's best doubles record at 23-8 (.742).

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 174-92 (.654) 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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