Women's Tennis
    Women of Troy Win 5-2 At 10th-Ranked Texas

    March 20, 2004

    AUSTIN, Texas - In its biggest victory on the road this season, the ninth-ranked USC women's tennis team defeated 11th-ranked Texas, 5-2, in Austin at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon. The win marks the Women of Troy's (11-3) seventh straight, while giving the Longhorns (11-2) their first home loss of the year.

    USC began the match by sweeping at all three doubles positions to take a 1-0 lead. Of the three victories, the top two spots seem to win with ease. Luana Magnani and Carine Vermeulen paired to defeat Katie Ruckert and Kendra Strohm, 8-2, and Anca Anastasiu and Dianne Matias beat the Longhorns' Petra Dizdar and Mia Marovic, 8-3.

    Magnani's outstanding afternoon continued in singles play as she collected a 6-3, 6-2 upset-victory over No. 11 Dizdar. USC's Vermeulen and Judy DeVera also posted two-set victories at the No. 2 and 5 positions, clinching the win for the Women of Troy.

    Anastasiu topped-off the afternoon with a comeback effort at court three. Despite dropping the first set, the USC freshman defeated Strohm, 2-6, 7-6, 10-4.

    The Women of Troy return home to host two local teams this week. USC faces San Diego on Wednesday, March 24, and Loyola Marymount on Thursday, March 25. Both matches will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be played at Marks Tennis Stadium.

    #9 USC 5, #11 Texas 2

    (1) #14 Magnani/Vermeulen (USC) def. Ruckert/Strohm (Texas) - 8-2
    (2) Anastasiu/Matias (USC) def. Dizdar/Marovic (Texas) - 8-3
    (3) Bayani/DeVera (USC) def. Olson/Baritot (Texas) - 8-6
    USC wins doubles point.

    (1) #23 Luana Magnani (USC) def. #11 Petra Dizdar (Texas) - 6-3, 6-2
    (2) #89 Carine Vermeulen (USC) def. Katie Ruckert (Texas) - 7-6, 6-4
    (3) Anca Anastasiu (USC) def. Kendra Strohm (Texas) - 2-6, 7-6, (10-4)
    (4) Mia Marovic (Texas) def. Dianne Matias (USC) - 6-4, 3-6, 7-6
    (5) Judy DeVera (USC) def. Kelly Baritot (Texas) - 6-2, 6-0
    (6) Ristine Olson (Texas) def. Bernadette Bayani (USC) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-3