Women's Tennis Begins NCAA Tourney, Friday
May 13, 2004
This Week -- The sixth-ranked USC women's tennis team (16-6, 7-1 Pac-10) received its 22nd all-time bid to the 2004 NCAA Championships and is making its 13th-consecutive appearance. The Women of Troy, seeded eighth in the entire tourney, host the NCAA First and Second Rounds this week, facing American (16-8) on Friday, May 14, at 1 p.m. in the first round at Marks Tennis Stadium. No. 41 Arizona (6-12) and No. 21 Indiana (17-7) will face each other in the other match (9 a.m.) and the winner of each of Friday's matches will compete in the second round on Saturday, May 15, at 3 p.m. The regional champion will advance to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., May 20-23.
Junior Luana Magnani and freshman Anca Anastasiu were selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship. Sophomore Carine Vermeulen was also chosen as the first alternate. Partners Magnani and Vermeulen will compete in the Doubles Championships.
2004 NCAA Championships - First and Second Round
All matches played at USC's Marks Tennis Stadium.
Friday, May 14, 9 a.m.
#41 Arizona vs. #21 Indiana
Friday, May 14, 1 p.m.
American vs. #6 USC
Saturday, May 15, 3 p.m.
USC/American vs. Arizona/Indiana
LIVE STATS! -- USC will unveil a new LED Daktronic interactive scoreboard this week for the NCAA Championship matches. Not only will the scoreboard allow fans to follow each match point-for-point from their seat, but it will also provide live stats on the web. Fans can follow each round via the world wide web at www.usctrojans.com. Go to the women's tennis home page and click on 'Live Stats' to follow the action.
NCAA Championships -- The NCAA selected 64 teams to participate in the 2004 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships. First and second round matches are being played at 16 host sites May 14-16, with the winner of each regional site advancing to the finals. The championships will be held in Athens, Ga., at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the Georgia campus, May 20-24. Individual championships will consist of 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams, and will take place May 25-28 following the team championships.
ITA Ranking Updates -- The Women of Troy moved to No. 6 in the latest ITA rankings released on May 4. In singles, the Trojans' Luana Magnani remains at No. 15, Anca Anastasiu improved to No. 46 and Carine Vermeulen moved to No. 77. In doubles, Magnani and Vermeulen jumped to No. 6.
Last Year At NCAA Championships -- After sweeping through the first three rounds of competition, USC faced conference foe and fourth-ranked California in the 2003 NCAA Quarterfinals. The two teams had split during the regular season and this time it was the Golden Bears that came out on top. Cal won the quarterfinal match-up 4-1, knocking the Women of Troy out of the tournament and completing the season for USC's four seniors - four-time ITA Singles All-American Jewel Peterson, ITA Doubles All-American Tiffany Brymer, Anita Loyola and Maureen Diaz. Peterson went on to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship where she advanced to the semifinal round - her best career performance. She was eliminated by eventual-champion Amber Lui of Stanford. Luana Magnani and Diaz also competed in the singles championship, falling in the second and first rounds, respectively. Peterson and Brymer were defeated in the second round of the NCAA Doubles Championship.
Women Of Troy History At NCAA Championships -- With its 13th consecutive (22nd overall) bid to the NCAA Tournament, USC has long been a force in collegiate women's tennis. Since the inception of the NCAA postseason in 1982, the Women of Troy have earned two national titles (1983, 1985) to complement five previous AIAW and USTA titles. The Trojans have twice played in the NCAA championship match (runner-up - 1984, 1886) and have reached the quarterfinals seven times (1982, 1989, 1990, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003).
Pac-10 Proves Toughest -- The Pac-10 has four of the top 10 teams in this week's poll, and five of the top 15. All nine conference teams are ranked among the top 65, making the Pac-10 the only conference to have all schools represented in the poll (eight of the nine teams are competing in the NCAA Tournament). The SEC and ACC are next in line with 11-of-12 and 8-of-9 teams ranked, respectively. The Pac-10 women hold claim 25 spots on the most recent ITA Top-125 rankings and occupy 12 spots among the Top-60 doubles.
News N' Notes -- USC has faced six top-10 opponents this season and has compiled a 4-2 record against them. *** For the second straight season, Carine Vermeulen owns the team's best singles record with a 26-11 overall mark, despite playing four spots higher than she did in 2003. *** Bernadette Bayani and Judy DeVera boast the team's best doubles record with a 9-1 overall mark. The pairs' only loss was at Stanford on April 2.
Final Pac-10 Standings -- Stanford captured the 2004 Pac-10 women's team title with a undefeated record in conference play, marking the 11th-straight year that the Cardinal has won the title. With the loss to the Cardinal to end the season on April 17, USC finished in second place for the fourth time in the last six years.
At Pac-10 Championships -- USC's efforts to come away with two championships fell short when the Trojans wrapped up the Pac-10 Individual Tournament and Invitational on April 25 at Ojai. Competing for the men's main draw singles title, Adriano Biasella fell to Stanford's Sam Warburg, and in the back draw doubles final, Bernadette Bayani and Melissa Esmero fell to the Cardinal's Story Tweedie-Yates and Theresa Logar. After allowing their opponents to score no more than three points in the three previous matches, Esmero and Bayani faced a much more difficult challenge in the final. Tweedie-Yates and Logar controlled the final match, beating the USC pair, 8-4.
Get The Latest Info -- Updated team season statistics can always be found by logging on to www.usctrojans.com. They are located on the men's tennis page under 'Season Statistics.'
Head Coach Richard Gallien -- Richard Gallien is in his ninth season at the helm of the USC women's tennis program. Last season he guided the 2003 Women of Troy to a 22-6 overall record, the NCAA Quarterfinals and a No. 5 final national ranking. The season was also highlighted by a three-week stay at No. 1 for the first time in 17 years. Gallien began his career at Pepperdine, coaching the men's team for three years, before joining the Trojan family. Over the last 12 years, he has compiled a 217-106 (.672) overall record and his teams have made eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including an appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals four out of the last five years.
American: American will be making its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament when it travels to Los Angeles this week. The Eagles earned an automatic berth by winning the Patriot League Conference Tournament. The team boasts a 16-8 overall record. American does not have any ranked singles or doubles players.
USC vs. American: Friday's match will be the first-ever meeting between USC and American.
Arizona: No. 41 Arizona enters this week's tournament with a 6-12 overall record. The Wildcats posted a 2-6 Pac-10 conference mark this season to finish in seventh place. Arizona has one ranked singles player (No. 11 Dianne Hollands) and one ranked doubles team (No. 5 Maja Mlakar/Hollands).
USC vs. Arizona: The Women of Troy are 37-15 all-time against the Wildcats after beating Arizona 5-2 in Tucson this season. This other scheduled match-up this year was cancelled due to rain.
Indiana: The 21st-ranked Hoosiers received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after finishing the regular season with a 17-7 overall record and 9-2 mark in the Big Ten. Indiana was eliminated in the second round of the conference tournament. The team boasts one ranked singles player (No. 52 Dora Vastag) and one ranked doubles team (No. 25 Linda Tran/Sarah Batty).
USC vs. Indiana: USC and Indiana have faced each other a total of seven times. The Trojans own a 5-2 advantage, but lost the last meeting, 6-3, on April 21, 1987.
PLAYER PROFILES -------------------------------
#15 Singles, #6 Doubles with Vermeulen
Singles: 15-11 Overall / 10-7 Dual / 5-5 Pac-10
Doubles: 16-8 Overall / 13-7 Dual / 6-5 Pac-10
Selected to compete in the 2004 NCAA Singles Championships... Also selected to the NCAA Doubles Championship with partner Carine Vermeulen... Named to the 2004 All-Pac-10 second team... Has played at the No. 1 singles (10-7) and doubles positions all season with Vermeulen (16-8/13-8)... A shoulder injury kept her sidelined for six matches... Posted upset victories over No. 7 Daria Panova of Oregon on March 5 and No. 11 Petra Dizdar of Texas on March 20... Did not compete at the Pac-10 Tournament... Ranked 24th in the preseason ITA singles rankings and No. 42 in doubles with Vermeulen... Posted a 5-4 singles record in fall tournaments... Advanced to the semifinals of the ITA West Regionals and received an automatic bid to the ITA National Championships where she fell in the first round... She and Vermeulen reached the quarterfinals of the ITA West Regional.
#77 Singles, #6 Doubles with Magnani
Singles: 26-11 Overall / 16-7 Dual / 7-4 Pac-10
Doubles: 21-11 Overall / 14-9 Dual / 6-5 Pac-10
Selected to compete in the 2004 NCAA Doubles Championship with partner Luana Magnani... Also selected as the first alternate for the NCAA Singles Championships... Named 2004 All-Pac-10 honorable mention... Has played primarily at the No. 2 singles (13-4) and No. 1 doubles positions with Magnani (16-8/13-8)... Played six matches at No. 1 singles and compiled a 3-3 record... Collected a key victory over No. 15 Alice Barnes of Stanford on April 2... Advanced to the singles Round of 16 at the Pac-10 Tournament... Ranked 70th in the ITA preseason singles rankings and No. 42 in doubles with Magnani... Compiled a 10-3 singles record in fall tournaments... Advanced to the semifinals at the ITA West Regional and the consolation quarterfinals of the Palm Springs Fall Desert Classic... She and Magnani advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA West Regional.
Singles: 18-8 Overall / 15-7 Dual / 7-4 Pac-10
Doubles: 13-11 Overall / 12-10 Dual / 6-5 Pac-10
Selected to compete in the 2004 NCAA Singles Championships... Named to the 2004 All-Pac-10 second team... Joined the team in January... Has played primarily at the No. 3 singles (12-4) and No. 2 doubles positions... Played six matches at No. 2 and posted a 3-3 record... Enjoyed an outstanding singles performance at the Pac-10 Tournament where she advanced to the main draw semifinals with upset victories over No. 10 Daria Panova of Oregon (quarters), No. 87 Jieun Jacobs of California (round of 16) and No. 28 Claire Carter of Washington (first round)... Was eventually eliminated by Stanford's No. 13 Alice Barnes in the semis... Also collected key dual match victories over No. 31 Sasha Podkolzina of California on April 16... Has played most doubles matches with partner Dianne Matias... The pair boasts a 12-7 overall record and 11-6 mark in dual matches.
Singles: 18-15 Overall / 14-8 Dual / 6-5 Pac-10
Doubles: 24-13 Overall / 13-10 Dual / 6-5 Pac-10
Has played primarily at the No. 4 singles (9-6) and No. 2 doubles positions this season... Played seven matches at No. 3 and compiled a 5-2 record... Put together a five match win streak in mid January... Lost in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament... Has played most doubles matches with partner Anca Anastasiu... The pair boasts a 12-7 overall record and 11-6 mark in dual matches... Collected a 5-4 singles record in fall tournaments and advanced to the Round of 16 at the ITA West Regional.
Singles: 18-12 Overall / 13-6 Dual / 5-6 Pac-10
Doubles: 21-9 Overall / 13-6 Dual / 6-4 Pac-10
Has played primarily at the No. 5 singles (8-5) and No. 3 doubles positions this season... Missed three matches in early February due to a severely sprained ankle she suffered during the UCLA match on Jan. 30... Played six matches at No. 4 singles and compiled a 5-1 record... Put together a four-match win streak in March... Did not compete at the Pac-10 Tournament... Has played most doubles matches with partner Bernadette Bayani... The pair boasts a team-best 9-1 overall and dual match record... Collected a 5-4 record in singles during the fall season... Advanced to the consolation finals of the Palm Springs Fall Desert Classic... In doubles, she and Melissa Esmero reached the final of the Desert Classic and she and Dianne Matias advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA West Regional.
Singles: 22-12 Overall / 14-8 Dual / 7-3 Pac-10
Doubles: 13-8 Overall / 10-4 Dual / 6-2 Pac-10
Has played primarily at the No. 6 singles (11-5) and No. 3 doubles positions this season... Played five matches at No. 5 singles and compiled a 3-2 record... Played one match at No. 4 and fell to BYU's Olga Boulytcheva on Feb. 6... Put together a season best six-match win streak in March and April... Advanced to the Round of 16 at the Pac-10 Invitational (back draw of the Tournament)... Competed in the Pac-10 Doubles Invitational with Melissa Esmero and the pair advanced to the finals before falling to Stanford's Story Tweedie-Yates and Theresa Logar for the title... Has played most doubles dual matches with partner Judy DeVera... The pair boasts a team-best 9-1 overall record... Collected a 7-4 singles record during the fall season and advanced to the semifinals of the Palm Springs Fall Desert Classic and Cal State Fullerton Fall Classic.