No. 5 USC Women Host Washington And No. 73 Washington State

March 8, 2006

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THIS WEEK: The No. 5 Women of Troy (8-1) enter into their first Pac-10 competition of the season this weekend. The Trojans first host Washington at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (March 10) and then play No. 73 Washington State at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Marks Stadium.

ITA RANKING UPDATES: Despite a win last week, USC has been bumped down in the ITA team rankings this week, having gone from No. 2 last week to now sit at No. 5 in the latest list (released March 7). The Women of Troy have four players ranked in singles. Freshman Amanda Fink is the No. 3 ranked player in the nation, while Dianne Matias is No. 48, Lindsey Nelson is No. 50, and Luana Magnani is No. 67. On the doubles scene, DeVera/Matias are ranked No. 18, Magnani/Nelson are No. 24, and Magnani/Fink are No. 52. Washington is unranked, and Washington State is ranked No. 73.

RECENT RESULTS: USC interrupted yet another undefeated start for another opponent on March 1, snapping Pepperdine's eight-match win streak with a 6-1 victory at Marks Stadium. Dianne Matias clinched the match with a win at No. 3 singles, while Anca Anastasiu closed things down with her seventh straight singles win to stay undefeated in dual match action for USC. The Trojans moved through doubles play fairly easily, picking up the doubles point with an 8-1 win at No. 3 by Amanda Fink / Judy DeVera and an 8-3 win at No. 1 by #24 Luana Magnani / Lindsey Nelson. Carine Vermeulen / Dianne Matias were unable to pull out their No. 2 doubles win, but USC already had that point in hand entering singles action. #90 Lindsey Nelson slipped 6-1, 6-1 to #26 Bianca Dulgheru at No. 1 singles to tie up the match 1-1, but the Trojans didn't allow another Waves victory the rest of the way. #48 Luana Magnani tacked up USC's first singles win to claim a 7-0 record at the No. 4 singles slot for herself. Magnani's 6-3, 6-4 victory sparked a winning trend for the Women of Troy, who went on to claim the next four matches. Top-ranked Amanda Fink drilled out a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles, followed by the 6-3, 6-4 match-clinching victory by #23 Matias. Judy DeVera wound up and posted a 6-3, 7-5 win at the No. 6 position, leading into Anastasiu's win. Anastasiu won the first set 6-4, but was trailing in the second. The junior buckled down and stole back the second set with a 7-5 win to finish off the Trojans' eighth dual match win of the year.

USC VS. WASHINGTON: USC is 12-1 all-time against the Huskies. That only loss came in 2003 with a 6-1 UW win. USC posted a 6-1 win over the Huskies in Pac-10 play last season. Washington enters this week's match with a 1-7 dual match record. Dinka Hadzic is UW's ranked player at #79.

USC VS. WSU: USC is 11-0 all-time against the Cougars. USC posted a 7-0 win over WSU in Pac-10 play last season. The Cougars enter this week's match with a 5-5 dual match record. Ekaterina Burduli is WSU's ranked player at #88.

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 #67 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 and now ssits at No. 3 in the nation. She's 25-4 on the year, and 7-1 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 7-0 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.

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