No. 5 USC Women Host No. 64 San Diego This Week

Jan. 24, 2006

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THIS WEEK: The Women of Troy continue their 2006 dual match season with their third straight home match at Marks Stadium. USC hosts #64 San Diego at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 25).

ITA RANKING UPDATES: USC enters 2006 ranked No. 5 in the first ITA poll of the year (Jan. 10). Freshman Amanda Fink leads the Women of Troy with a No. 3 ranking. Luana Magnani is tied at No. 69, and Dianne Matias is ranked No. 78 entering the week. Lindsey Nelson was ranked No. 9 in the fall, but did not compete in enough fall competition to receive a ranking entering the 2006 season.

RECENT RESULTS: USC opened its 2006 action with a pair of decisive home victories. The Women of Troy kicked off with a clean 7-0 sweep of #68 UC Irvine, then topped #57 Long Beach State 6-1 last week.

USC VS. SAN DIEGO: USC holds an 18-3 all-time record against San Diego. The squads last faced in the fourth dual match of the season last year, with the Trojans posting a 7-0 win over the Toreros. San Diego won its first and only match of the season with a 7-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 23. The Toreros are ranked No. 64 in the ITA national rankings.

2006 TROJANS: The 2006 USC squad, led by head coach Richard Gallien -- in his 11th season at Troy -- is highlighted by six returning players from last year's team that reached the NCAA Quarterfinals and finished the 2005 season with a No. 7 national ranking. This year, the Trojans boast four newcomers to the roster as USC works toward an 11th straight appearance at the NCAA Tournament. USC finished with 19-4 overall record and went 7-1 in Pac-10 play to finish second in the conference.

HEAD COACH Richard Gallien: Now entering his 11th season at Troy, Gallien has strung together 10 straight NCAA appearances, nine top-20 team rankings and five trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Under Gallien's watch, USC has finished no lower than 11th for the past seven years. At USC, Gallien has compiled a 176-87 overall record and .669 win percentage. In his 13 years as a head coach (also coaching the men at Pepperdine prior to coming to USC), he boasts a 238-111 (.682) career mark.

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