No. 9 USC Women Hosts Pepperdine on Thursday

Feb. 3, 2010

THIS WEEK: After playing four matches last week, the No. 9 Women of Troy tug their 4-0 record into a single dual match this week at Marks Stadium. USC will host No. 40 Pepperdine in a 1:30 p.m. match on Thursday (Feb. 4).

ITA RANKING UPDATES: The latest ITA national team rankings (as of Jan. 26) have USC ranked No. 9. The latest individual rankings were released Jan. 5. There, #8 Maria Sanchez leads the Women of Troy, with three other teammates well settled in the nation's top-50. Starting their first season as Trojans, freshmen Danielle Lao and Valeria Pulido have captured high rankings, with Lao ranked #18 and Pulido at #37. Sophomore Alison Ramos is just a step behind at #38. In doubles, Pulido/Sanchez rank #19.

RECENT ACTION: USC played host to the ITA Kick-off Weekend last week at Marks Stadium after opening up the seaon with a 7-0 win over Long Beach State and a 6-1 win over UC Irvine. The Trojans had LSU, Auburn and San Diego in town last weekend for the qualifying rounds of the coming ITA National Team Indoor Championships. #35 Auburn opened with a 4-0 sweep of #28 LSU before the Trojans took the court and delivered a 4-0 win over #60 San Diego. That put San Diego and LSU up against one another in the consolation match the following day, with San Diego getting a 4-1 win there. In the championship match, USC took on Auburn and rolled out to a 4-0 win to lock down a spot at the Indoor championships hosted by Wisconsin later this month. Freshman Valeria Pulido got the clinching singles win in both matches from her No. 4 position, standing as the lone Trojan to finish with four singles victories in the first week of action, as several players had singles matches suspended once the ITA Kick-off competitions were decided.

SCOUTING PEPPERDINE: USC head coach Richard Gallien's alma mater Pepperdine is ranked No. 40 in the nation and is 1-2 overall after falling to Tulsa 4-1 and beating UNLV 4-3 during ITA Kick-off Weekend competition. USC is 37-12 all-time against Pepperdine after claiming a 6-1 win over the Waves last season for USC's 12 straight win over Peperdine. Pepperdine currently has #123 Arianna Colffer ranked in singles.

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