Women's Tennis Hosts Arizona, Arizona State|
Feb. 17, 2004
This Week -- Coming off a 12-day break, the 15th-ranked USC women's tennis team (4-30) resumes play this week when it hosts No. 34 Arizona (3-2, 0-1) and No. 18 Arizona State (2-1, 0-1) on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20 and 21. The USC-Arizona match will start at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and the USC-ASU match will begin at noon on Saturday. Both matches will be played at Marks Tennis Stadium. Neither match will count against conference records.
After opening the 2004 season with four-straight wins, including a 4-3 victory over crosstown rival UCLA on Jan. 30, the Women of Troy are coming off three losses at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, Feb. 5-7. USC fell to 25th-ranked Texas A&M, 4-3, 45th-ranked BYU, 4-2, and 15th-ranked Kentucky, 6-1, largely due to the loss of two starters - Luana Magnani and Judy DeVera. Magnani suffered a shoulder injury that kept her out of the No. 1 spot in two matches and DeVera, who suffered a sprained ankle against the Bruins, could not compete in the tournament.
ITA Ranking Updates -- After suffering three losses at the USTA/ITA Indoor Championships, USC dropped to 15th in the ITA poll released on Feb. 10. In singles, the Trojans' Luana Magnani is ranked No. 24 and Carine Vermeulen is No. 70. In doubles, Magnani and Vermeulen are ranked 40th.
USC vs. Arizona/Arizona State - USC is 36-15 all-time against the Wildcats. Last season, the Women of Troy won both contests - 7-0 in Tucson and 4-3 at home. USC is 32-19 all-time against the Sun Devils. Last season, the Women of Troy defeated the Sun Devils 7-0 in Tempe and 6-1 at home.
2003 Season Recap -- Last year's squad, guided by four-time All-American Jewel Peterson, advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals and finished the season ranked No. 5 with a 22-6 overall record. During the season, the Women of Troy posted a number of firsts, including a three-week stay at No. 1 for the first time in 17 years. With the departure of four senior starters, the 2003-04 Women of Troy look to eight newcomers this season to fill in the gaps.
Head Coach Richard Gallien -- Richard Gallien is in his ninth season at the helm of the USC women's tennis program. Last season he guided the 2003 Women of Troy to a 22-6 overall record, the NCAA Quarterfinals and a No. 5 final national ranking. The season was also highlighted by a three-week stay at No. 1 for the first time in 17 years. Gallien began his career at Pepperdine, coaching the men's team for three years, before joining the Trojan family. Over the last 11 years, he has compiled a 204-100 (.671) overall record and his teams have made eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including an appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals four out of the last five years.