No. 2 USC Women Take On Pepperdine

Feb. 28, 2006

THIS WEEK: The No. 2 Women of Troy (7-1) are back home this week to take on No. 21 Pepperdine in nonconference action at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday (March 1) at Marks Stadium.

ITA RANKING UPDATES: USC has popped up higher in the ITA team rankings, now perched at No. 2 in the latest list (released Feb. 28). The Women of Troy have four players ranked in singles. Freshman Amanda Fink just popped up to the top of it all at No. 1, while Dianne Matias is No. 23, Luana Magnani is No. 48, and Lindsey Nelson is No. 90. On the doubles scene, DeVera/Matias are ranked No. 18, Magnani/Nelson are No. 24, and Magnani/Fink are No. 52. Pepperdine also has moved up two slots to rank No. 21 entering Wednesday's match.

RECENT RESULTS: USC has returned from a successful road trip to Arizona, where the Trojans topped #17 Arizona State 5-2 and #45 Arizona 6-1. The wins bulked up USC's dual match record to 7-1, while snapping undefeated starts for both the Sun Devils and the Wildcats.

USC VS. PEPPERDINE: USC is 31-12 all-time against the Waves. The Trojans have won the past seven matches against Pepperdine, with the latest coming in a 7-0 sweep in 2005. The Waves enter this week's match with an 8-0 dual match record. Bianca Dulgheru is Pepperdine's top-ranked player at #26.

COMEBACK KID: Senior Luana Magnani missed out on the 2005 season with eligibility troubles, but is back in full effect this season for USC. She cruised to a 6-0 record in dual matches at the No. 4 singles slot until slipping in a No. 3 singles match at Arizona. She holds a #48 ITA ranking in singles, and also is ranked with two different doubles partners -- #24 with Lindsey Nelson and #52 with Amanda Fink.

LEFTY ON THE LOOSE: Freshman southpaw Amanda Fink has wasted no time turning heads in her first year at USC. She now has the entire ITA field looking up at her, as she recently took over the No. 1 ranking after an impressive start to her Trojan career. She's 24-4 on the year, and 6-1 in dual matches.

ANCA IN ACTION: Junior Anca Anastasiu has some smarts to go along with her tennis success. A 4.0 student who also wields a wicked racket, Anastasiu is USC's only undefeated player in dual-match action. She's been holding down the No. 5 and 6 singles slots, posting a 6-0 record in USC's dual match season.

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.