Women's Tennis Ends Regular Season at California, Stanford

April 16, 2003

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This Week -- The USC women's tennis team (19-3, 5-1 Pac-10) completes the regular season this week when it travels to the Bay Area to wrap-up Pac-10 play. The Women of Troy face No. 4 California (17-4, 4-1 Pac-10) on Friday, April 18, at 1:30 p.m. in Berkeley, then travel to top-ranked Stanford (17-1, 5-0 Pac-10) on Saturday, April 19, at noon. The Trojans are coming off a split in the Pacific Northwest last week, suffering a loss at No. 7 Washington, 6-1, and a win at No. 46 Washington Sate, 5-1.

* This week's matches against California and Stanford will count against conference records. Only the second of two meetings against Pac-10 teams during the season (except Oregon, Washington and Washington State, which USC faces only once) count against Pac-10 records.

Pac-10 Standings -- Despite its set back at Washington, the Women of Troy could still clinch a share of the Pac-10 conference title with wins over both California and Stanford this week. Two wins and a 7-1 conference mark would tie the Women of Troy with the Cardinal for the 2003 title. USC has never finished higher than second in the Pac-10. The Women of Troy lay claim to nine conference championships (1986, 1985, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977).

ITA Ranking Updates -- With a loss at Washington, USC dropped two spots to No. 4 in this week's Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Poll released on April 15. In singles, Jewel Peterson is No. 5, Luana Magnani is No. 30, Maureen Diaz is 64th and Melissa Esmero is ranked No. 120. In doubles, Peterson and Tiffany Brymer are ranked 19th. Individual rankings will be updated on April 21.

The Best Season in 17 years -- With just two matches remaining on the regular season schedule, the Women of Troy are enjoying their best season in 17 years. In 1986, USC was 17-2 heading in to the final week. The Trojans finished the season with a share of the conference title and eventually reached the finals of the NCAA Championships.

Injury Update -- Carine Vermeulen is still nursing a muscle strain she first suffered against Stanford on April 4. The injury kept her out of the match against Washington State last Saturday.

Pac-10 Proves Toughest -- The Pac-10 has four of the top 10 teams in this week's poll, including three of the top five (No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 USC, No. 5 California). All nine conference teams are ranked among the top 50, making the Pac-10 the only conference to have all schools represented in the poll, at all. The SEC and Big XII are next in line with 11-of-12 teams ranked.

USC vs. California -- The Trojans are 23-20 all-time against California. The Women of Troy beat the Bears 4-3 in the first meeting of 2003 on April 5 in Los Angeles. Last season, USC beat Cal at home, 5-2, but fell on the road, 4-3.

USC vs. Stanford -- Stanford is 46-17 all-time against USC. The Women of Troy have not defeated the Cardinal since 1986 when USC won one of two meetings, 6-3. Stanford won the first meeting of the season, 5-2, on April 4 in Los Angeles. Last season, the Women of Troy fell 6-1 on the road and 5-2 at home.

Last Week -- The Women of Troy suffered just their third loss of the season last week when they fell 6-1 at then-No. 7 Washington last Friday. After dropping all three doubles matches, USC was forced to adjust its lineup when Luana Magnani pulled out of singles with an injury. One-by-one Washington swept singles at Nos. 1 through 5 to clinch the match.

USC rebounded the following day with a 5-1 win at Washington State. This time playing without Carine Vermeulen due to injury, the Trojans did not skip a beat and won all three doubles matches for the first point of the afternoon. USC then captured four of five singles matches to post the victory, including three two-set victories at courts one, two and four.

The win against the Cougars on April 12 marked the program's 500th all-time victory.

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 198-97 (.671) 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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