Women's Tennis Travels To Face Arizona, Arizona State|
Feb. 20, 2003
This Week -- The third-ranked USC women's tennis team (6-1) hits the road again this week when it travels to face No. 24 Arizona (2-1) and No. 8 Arizona State (5-0). The Women of Troy take on the Wildcats on Friday, Feb. 21, at 1:30 p.m. MST in Tucson, then travel to face the Sun Devils on Saturday, Feb. 22, at noon MST in Tempe. Neither match will count against Pac-10 records. USC is coming off a 5-2 victory over Pepperdine on Feb. 15.
The Women of Troy advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 last season and posted an 19-8 overall record to finished ranked 11th nationally. Last year's squad posted USC's best-ever record in the Pac-10 with a 7-1 mark to finish in second place behind NCAA champion Stanford. The Trojans returned it's entire starting lineup from 2002, including All-Americans Jewel Peterson (singles & doubles) and Tiffany Brymer (doubles).
ITA Ranking Updates -- The Women of Troy jumped four spots to No. 3 on Feb. 12 and maintained their position this week. In singles, the Trojans' Jewel Peterson is ranked No. 3, Maureen Diaz is No. 55, Tiffany Brymer is No. 90 and Anita Loyola is No. 103. In doubles, Peterson and Brymer are ranked ninth and Loyola and Luana Magnani are ranked 40th. Individual rankings will be updated on Feb. 26.
Still On The Road -- This week's match-ups in the desert will mark the sixth and seventh consecutive matches the Women of Troy have played away from home. USC's last home match was played on Jan. 24. The Trojans have one more road trip scheduled (at San Diego on Feb. 26) before returning to Marks Tennis Stadium on Feb. 28 against San Diego State.
USC vs. Arizona/Arizona State -- USC is 34-15 all-time against the Wildcats. Last season, the Women of Troy won at home and on the road, both by 6-1 scores. USC is 30-19 all-time against the Sun Devils. Last season, the Women of Troy fell to the Sun Devils in Tempe, 4-3, but defeated them at home, 5-2.
Last Time Out -- USC defeated 34th-ranked Pepperdine in Malibu on Feb. 15. The Waves started the afternoon with a strong upset-victory at No. 1 doubles, but the Trojans made up for the loss by winning at courts 2 and 3 to earn the doubles point. Jewel Peterson and Tiffany Brymer bounced back from their No. 1 doubles loss with singles victories. Peterson easily defeated Pepperdine's Natalie Braverman, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 1 and Brymer beat Veronica Koksova at No. 6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. Despite Pepperdine wins at the No. 2 and 3 positions, USC clinched the victory when Melissa Esmero downed Anna Andersson by scores of 6-1, 6-7 (0), 6-0 at No. 6.
At The USTA/ITA Championships -- USC advanced to the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Championships with wins over No. 15 Northwestern, 4-3, and No. 3 Georgia, 5-2. The Trojans fell to No. 2 Florida, 5-1, in the semifinals (its first semifinal appearance since the inaugural tournament in 1988 when, ironically, they were also eliminated by Florida).
Head Coach Richard Gallien -- Richard Gallien is in his eighth season at the helm of the USC women's tennis program. Last season he guided the 2002 Women of Troy to a 19-8 overall record, the NCAA Round of 16 and USC's best-ever Pac-10 finish (a 7-1 record for second place). Gallien began his career at Pepperdine, coaching the men's team for three years, before joining the Trojan family. Over the last 10 years, he has compiled a 183-95 (.658) overall record and his teams have made seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including three appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals (1999-01).