Women's Tennis To Face Pepperdine In Malibu On Saturday

Feb. 13, 2003

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This Week -- Coming off an outstanding performance at the 2002 USTA/ITA Team Indoor Championships, the third-ranked USC women's tennis team (5-1) travels to face No. 34 Pepperdine (5-1) on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Noon in Malibu.

Last week, the Women of Troy advanced to the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Championships with wins over No. 15 Northwestern, 4-3, in the opening round and No. 3 Georgia, 5-2, in the quarterfinals. The Trojans fell to No. 2 Florida, 5-1, in the semis. USC's semifinal appearance marked its first since the inaugural tournament in 1988. Ironically, the Women of Troy were also eliminated by Florida that year.

The Women of Troy advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 last season and posted an 19-8 overall record to finished ranked 11th nationally. Last year's squad posted USC's best-ever record in the Pac-10 with a 7-1 mark to finish in second place behind NCAA champion Stanford. The Trojans returned it's entire starting lineup from 2002, including All-Americans Jewel Peterson (singles & doubles) and Tiffany Brymer (doubles).

ITA Ranking Updates -- Due to their top performances at the indoor championships, the Women of Troy jumped four spots to No. 3 in this week's ranking released on Feb. 12. In singles, the Trojans' Jewel Peterson is ranked No. 3, Maureen Diaz is No. 55, Tiffany Brymer is No. 90 and Anita Loyola is No. 103. In doubles, Peterson and Brymer are ranked ninth and Loyola and Luana Magnani are ranked 40th. Individual rankings will be updated on Feb. 26.

USC vs. Pepperdine -- USC owns a 27-12 series advantage over Pepperdine. Last season, the Women of Troy defeated the Waves both at home and in Malibu by identical 6-1 scores.

Trojans Beat Bruins For Gauntlet Points -- On Jan. 31, USC defeated UCLA, 4-3, to earn the first 2.5 women's tennis points for the Lexus Gauntlet -- a season-long competition between he rival schools. Five total points will be awarded in women's tennis this season. The Lexus Gauntlet trophy will be awarded to the school with the most points at year's end. USC won the inaugural trophy in 2002 and currently leads 37.5 to 27.5.

2003 Preseason Highlights -- Third-ranked Jewel Peterson highlighted the Trojans' fall season by advancing to the championship match at the ITA Omni National Championships. To qualify for the national tournament, Peterson won the Omni Region VIII Championships by defeating UCLA's Sara Walker in the finals. In January, Peterson and Tiffany Brymer captured the Flight #1 Doubles at the Pac-10 Indoor Championships by upsetting top-seeded Claire Carter and Darija Klaic of Washington, 9-7

Head Coach Richard Gallien -- Richard Gallien is in his eighth season at the helm of the USC women's tennis program. Last season he guided the 2002 Women of Troy to a 19-8 overall record, the NCAA Round of 16 and USC's best-ever Pac-10 finish (a 7-1 record for second place). Gallien began his career at Pepperdine, coaching the men's team for three years, before joining the Trojan family. Over the last 10 years, he has compiled a 182-95 (.657) overall record and his teams have made seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including three appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals (1999-01).

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