Women Of Troy Host South Alabama, Pepperdine

March 18, 2003

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This Week -- The No. 2-ranked USC women's tennis team (13-1, 1-0 Pac-10) prepares for two nonconference matches this week. The Women of Troy host No. 20 South Alabama (11-3) on Wednesday, March 18, then welcome No. 48 Pepperdine (6-7) on Friday, March 21. Both matches will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be played at Marks Tennis Stadium. The Trojans are coming off a 6-1 win over 17th-ranked Texas last week.

ITA Ranking Updates -- USC remained at No. 2 in the most recent poll released on March 12. This is the highest ranking the Women of Troy have received in nearly 15 years (records are unclear prior to 1988). In singles, Jewel Peterson is ranked No. 4, Luana Magnani is No. 32, Tiffany Brymer is No. 90 and Maureen Diaz ranks 96th. In doubles, Peterson and Brymer are ranked 20th. Individual and team rankings will be updated on March 19.

USC Active Streaks -- The Women of Troy have won their last eight consecutive matches and have allowed only five total points during that streak *** Senior Jewel Peterson has won her last nine singles matches and freshman Carine Vermeulen has won her last eight.

USC vs. South Alabama -- The Women of Troy and Jaguars have met only once. In 2001, USC defeated South Alabama, 4-1, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. USC advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals that season.

USC vs. Pepperdine -- Friday's match will be the second meeting between these two teams this season. USC defeated the then-ranked No. 34 Waves, 5-2, in Malibu on Feb. 15. USC owns a 28-12 advantage in the all-time series.

Last Week -- USC collected its eighth consecutive victory with a 6-1 win over No. 17 Texas on March 12. The afternoon began with a dominating doubles win at court two as Luana Magnani and Anita Loyola swept Lindsay Blau and Kelly Baritot, 8-0. Soon after, Melissa Esmero and Carine Vermeulen posted an equally impressive 8-1 victory over UT's Macey Breece and Michelle Krinke at the No. 3 spot to clinch the doubles point for the Women of Troy. The Trojans secured the match victory with quick wins at the No. 1, 2 and 3 singles positions, allowing the Longhorns to score only six points on all three courts. Jewel Peterson was the first off the court with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Texas' Strohm at No. 1. Maureen Diaz followed with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Blau at court two and Magnani put USC ahead 4-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Krinke at court three.

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 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 192-95 (.669) 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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