Women's Tennis
    Women's Tennis Travels To UCLA, Hosts Oregon

    March 1, 2004

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    This Week -- The 12th-ranked USC women's tennis team (5-3), coming off a win over Pepperdine that broke a three-match losing streak, plays two Pac-10 Conference-counting matches this week when it travels to UCLA and hosts Oregon. The Women of Troy travel to the Los Angeles Tennis Center to face the Bruins (7-1, 4-0 Pac-10) on Wednesday, March 3, then return home to host the Ducks (9-3, 2-2 Pac-10) at Marks Tennis Stadium on Friday, March 5. Both matches will be played at 1:30 p.m.

    Battle for the Lexus Gauntlet -- Wednesday's match against the Bruins will be the second meeting in women's tennis for Lexus Gauntlet points - a season-long challenge between USC and UCLA. This unique program awards points for the winner of each Bruin-Trojan head-to-head contest throughout the year and the Lexus Gauntlet trophy is awarded to the school with the most points at year's end. USC won the inaugural trophy in 2002 and UCLA captured the 2003 trophy. The Women of Troy already earned the first 2.5 of five total points awarded in women's tennis by beating the Bruins on Jan. 30. USC currently leads this year's competition, 42.5-30.

    Pac-10 Opener -- This week's matches will be the first official Pac-10 matches of the season for USC. Only one meeting against conference opponents counts yearly. For teams that meet twice a year (Arizona, ASU, Cal, Stanford, USC and UCLA), the second meeting is designated as the "counting" match.

    Fully Recovered -- The good thing about having 21 days off (Due to rain, USC did not play between Feb. 7 and Feb. 28) 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, returned to the starting lineup against Pepperdine on Feb. 28. Each won their singles matches.

    ITA Ranking Updates -- 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.

    USC vs. UCLA -- USC is 36-25 all time against the Bruins.

    Recent Results -- The rain held up on Feb. 28, as the Women of Troy played their first match in 21 days and defeated 29th-ranked Pepperdine, 7-0, ending the team's three-match losing streak. With Luana Magnani and Judy DeVera back in the lineup, the Waves managed to win only one match at center court doubles. The Women of Troy won at courts two and three to earn the first point of the match. In singles, the Trojans collected two-set victories on five-of-six courts. Anca Anastasiu, DeVera and Bernadette Bayani posted USC's first three points to secure the victory by giving the Women of Troy a 4-0 lead.