Women Of Troy End Regular Season With Shot At Pac-10 Title

April 16, 2002

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This Week -- The No. 12 USC women's tennis team (16-6, 6-0 Pac-10) wraps up the 2002 regular season at home with a chance to clinch a share of the Pac-10 title. The Women of Troy host No. 15 California on Friday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m. then face No. 3 Stanford on Saturday, April 20, at noon. Both matches will be played at Marks Tennis Stadium and both will count against Pac-10 records. USC is coming off identical 5-2 victories over Washington and Washington State last week.

Possible Pac-10 Championship -- Since not all matches against conference opponents count against Pac-10 records (only the second meeting of the season between teams who face each other more than once qualify as Pac-10 matches), the conference title is still up for grabs. Stanford and USC are the only undefeated teams in conference play so the Women of Troy will earn the title outright with two wins this week or clinch a share by beating Stanford. USC has never won a conference title.

ITA Ranking Updates (Next Ranking 4/10/02) -- USC moved up to No. 12 in the last rankings released on April 10. 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. The next rankings will be released on Wednesday.

Against California, Stanford -- Stanford is 44-17 all-time against USC. The Women of Troy have not defeated the Cardinal since 1986 when USC won one of two meetings, 6-3. The Trojans are 21-20 all-time against California.

Last Time Against Stanford, Cal -- USC suffered a 6-1 loss at Stanford on April 5 to put an end to a nine-match win streak. 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 No. 10-ranked Lauren Kalvaria, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, at center court.

USC endured a second straight loss with a 4-3 defeat at the hands of then-No. 21 California the following day. Cal was the first on the board after winning at the No. 2 and 3 doubles 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.

The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC defeated No. 20 Washington, 5-2, Friday (April 12) at home. The Women of Troy won two-of-three doubles matches to capture the first point of the afternoon. At center court, Tiffany Brymer and Jewel Peterson collected the first win by holding the Huskies' Claire Carter and Darija Klaic scoreless in an 8-0 victory. They were followed by an 8-5 win at court No. 2 as Anita Loyola and Luana Magnani defeated Colleen Gray and Dea Sumantri. USC's Peterson and Bernadette Bayani began singles play with simultaneous victories at the No. 1 and 6 spots to put the Trojans ahead, 3-0. Despite a loss at court No. 4, USC secured the win with a win at No. 3 as Maureen Diaz defeated Sumantri, 6-1, 6-3.

On Saturday (April 13), USC earned a 5-2 win over No. 29 Washington State. To start the match, the Trojans endured two upsets in doubles play as WSU won at courts No. 1 and 2 to earn the first point. After waking up with the flu, fourth-ranked Brymer and partner Peterson fell To No. 15 Stacy McKenna and Erica Perkins, 8-2, at center court. Down 1-0 and missing Brymer from the lineup for singles, the Trojans won five of six matches to clinch the victory. Magnani, Loyola, Diaz and Bayani each earned two-set victories at spots 2, 3, 4 and 6 to put USC ahead 4-2. In the final match, No. 5-ranked Peterson came back after dropping the first set to beat No. 54 Perkins, 5-7, 6-0, 6-1 at center court.

News N' Notes -- Jewel Peterson owns the team's longest current streak, having won her last nine consecutive and last 17-of-18, 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 29-6 (.829) mark *** Luana Magnani and Anita Loyola boast the team's best doubles record at 24-9 (.727).

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 175-92 (.655) 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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