Tennis Hosts Washington State, Washington|
April 6, 2004
This Week -- The eighth-ranked USC women's tennis team (13-5, 4-0 Pac-10), coming off a difficult outing in the Bay Area, looks to bounce back this week as it resumes Pac-10 play against Washington State (5-12, 1-4 Pac-10) and Washington (17-3, 4-1 Pac-10). The Women of Troy host the Cougars on Friday, April 9, at 1:30 p.m., then face the Huskies on Saturday, April 10, at noon. Both matches to be played at Marks Tennis Stadium and both will count against conference records.
ITA Ranking Updates -- The Women of Troy remain at No. 8 in the latest ITA rankings released on April 6. In singles, the Trojans' Luana Magnani moved to No. 15, Carine Vermeulen entered the poll at No. 54 and Anca Anastasiu dropped to No. 95. In doubles, Magnani and Vermeulen moved to 16th.
Pac-10 Proves Toughest -- The Pac-10 has four of the top 10 teams and five of the top 11 in this week's poll (No. 1 Stanford, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 UCLA, No. 8 USC, No. 11 Cal). All nine conference teams are ranked among the top 100 (no team is lower than 61), making the Pac-10 the only conference to have all schools represented in the poll.
A Consistent Contributor -- Sophomore Carine Vermeulen has been a consistent contributor for the Women of Troy since joining the team in 2003. Last year, she led the team with an .864 singles win percentage, dropping only three matches (16-3) all season at No. 6. This year, she's providing the same consistency, four spots higher at No. 2. She leads the team with a 23-8 overall record, 14-5 mark in dual matches and has won her last 9-of-11.
USC vs. Washington State -- The Trojans own a perfect mark (9-0) against Washington State. USC defeated WSU, 5-1, in Pullman last season and won 5-2 in Los Angeles in 2002.
USC vs. Washington -- USC is 10-1 all-time against the Huskies after losing their first ever match-up last season in Seattle, 6-1. In 2002, USC won 5-2 in Los Angeles.
News N' Notes -- Sixth-ranked Washington will be USC's fourth top-10 opponent this season. *** The loss to top-ranked Stanford on April 2 put an end to the Trojans season-best nine-match win streak. *** Freshmen Anca Anastasiu and Dianne Matias own the team's best doubles record this season at 10-3.
Get The Latest Info -- Updated team stats can always be found by logging on to www.usctrojans.com. They are located on the men's tennis page under "Season Statistics."