Women's Tennis Hosts Pepperdine, Saturday|
Feb. 25, 2004
This Week -- Despite more showers expected in the Southern California area, the 12th-ranked USC women's tennis team (4-3) hopes to host No. 29 Pepperdine (5-2) on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium. The Women of Troy are coming off a 20-day break due to last week's matches being cancelled due to rain.
Time Off Heals Wounds -- The good thing about having 20 days off is that it allows some time for healing. Junior Luana Magnani, hampered by a shoulder injury since January, and freshman Judy DeVera, who sprained her ankle against UCLA on Jan. 30, should be back in the lineup on Saturday.
ITA Ranking Updates -- Not playing is not always a bad thing, especially when the team stills gets a boost in the rankings. The Women of Troy jumped from 15th to 12th in the latest ITA rankings released on Feb. 24. In singles, the Trojans' Luana Magnani dropped to No. 72, and in doubles, Magnani and Carine Vermeulen jumped to ninth.
Arizona Matches Not To Be Rescheduled -- Last week's matches, originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 21, against Arizona and Arizona State, were officially cancelled due to rain in the area. The Women of Troy's two home matches will not be rescheduled since the contests were not conference-counting matches.
USC vs. Pepperdine -- Saturday's match will be the 42nd meeting between these two teams. USC owns a 29-12 advantage in the all-time series, including last season's 5-2 victory in Malibu and 6-1 win at home.
Common Connection -- USC head coach Richard Gallien began his coaching career in Malibu. Gallien spent three seasons as Pepperdine's men's tennis head coach. He led the Waves to a 62-24 record and two NCAA appearances.
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.