No. 7 Women of Troy Compete For Pac-10 Title
April 13, 2004
This Week -- Thanks to a pair of conference victories last week, the seventh-ranked USC women's tennis team (15-5, 6-0 Pac-10) remains undefeated in Pac-10 play and will compete for the 2004 Pac-10 championship this week when it hosts No. 10 California (16-6, 4-2 Pac-10) and No. 1 Stanford (21-0, 6-0 Pac-10). This week's matches mark the final duals of the regular season as the Women of Troy face the Bears on Friday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m., then host the Cardinal on Saturday, April 17, at noon. Both matches will be played at Marks Tennis Stadium to decide the conference champion.
The Women of Troy are coming off a 6-1 victory over Washington State and an upset win over then-No. 6 Washington, 5-2, last week.
ITA Ranking Updates -- The Women of Troy moved up a spot to No. 6 in the latest ITA rankings released on April 13. In singles, the Trojans' Luana Magnani remains at No. 15, Carine Vermeulen is ranked 54th and Anca Anastasiu is No. 95. In doubles, Magnani and Vermeulen remain 16th.
Potential Pac-10 Title Looms -- The Pac-10 championship is within reach, but the task will be difficult as USC is tied with top-ranked and undefeated Stanford for first place with a 6-0 record. The Trojans have never won a Pac-10 title. The last time USC captured a conference title was in 1986 as a member of the Pac-West.
Up Next -- Following this week's completion of regular season play, USC will travel to Ojai, Calif., for the Pac-10 Singles and Doubles Tournament and Invitational, April 22-25. The NCAA Tournament bracket will be announced on Wednesday, May 5, on ESPN News.
USC vs. California -- The Trojans and Bears are officially even after California won the first match of 2004, 5-2, in Berkeley on April 3, bringing the all-time series record to 23-23.
USC vs. Stanford -- Stanford is 48-17 all-time against USC. The Women of Troy have not defeated the Cardinal since 1986 when USC won one of two meetings. In the first meeting this year, USC fell 6-1 at Stanford.
A Consistent Contributor -- Sophomore Carine Vermeulen has been a consistent contributor for the Women of Troy since joining the team in 2003. Last year, she led the team with an .864 singles win percentage, dropping only three matches (16-3) all season at No. 6. This year, she's providing the same consistency, four spots higher at No. 2. She leads the team with a 24-9 overall record, 15-6 mark in dual matches and has won her last 10-of-13.
News N' Notes -- California and Stanford will be USC's fifth and sixth top-10 opponents this season. *** Bernadette Bayani and Judy DeVera currently boast the team's best doubles record with a 8-1 overall mark. The pairs' only loss was at Stanford on April 2.
Get The Latest Info -- Updated team stats can always be found by logging on to www.usctrojans.com. They are located on the men's tennis page under 'Season Statistics.'