No. 4 USC Women Take On No. 1 Stanford and No. 6 California|
Feb. 15, 2006
THIS WEEK: The #4 Women of Troy (4-0) will catch their first glimpse of their fellow top-10 talent from the Pac-10 when #1 Stanford (7-0) and #6 California (6-1) come to town this week. USC takes on the defending national champion Cardinal at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 17), and then clashes with the Bears at noon on Saturday (Feb. 18). Both matches will be held at Marks Stadium, and do not count toward Pac-10 records.
ITA RANKING UPDATES: USC has moved up to No. 5 in the ITA national team rankings (as of Feb. 14). In the first individual rankings of the year, 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 brings a four-match winning streak into this weekend's competition after knocking off #54 San Diego State on Tuesday (Feb. 14). The Trojans posted a 7-0 sweep of the Aztecs, leaving USC with only one singles loss and one doubles loss in four dual matches this year.
USC VS. STANFORD: USC is 17-51 all-time against the Cardinal. The Trojans lost to Stanford twice last season (5-2 and 4-3). USC's last win over the Cardinal came on April 4, 1986 in a 6-3 victory. Stanford is on a 63-match winning streak and is 7-0 on the season after downing #38 UNLV 7-0 on Feb. 10. The Cardinal are the defending national champions and are ranked #1.
USC VS. CALIFORNIA: USC holds an 26-23 all-time record against the Bears. The Trojans beat California twice last season (5-2 and 4-3). The Bears currently are ranked #6 and are 6-1 on the season after beating San Diego State 7-0 and UNLV 6-1 last week.
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.