No. 2 Women's Tennis Travels To Washington, Washington State|
April 10, 2003
This Week -- The USC women's tennis team (18-2, 4-0 Pac-10) continues Pac-10 play this week as the Women of Troy travel to the Pacific Northwest. USC will face No. 7 Washington (14-3, 3-2 Pac-10) on Friday, April 11, at 1:30 p.m. in Seattle, then travel to No. 46 Washington State (7-10, 0-5 Pac-10) on Saturday, April 12, for a noon match in Pullman. The Women of Troy are coming off a difficult weekend split after falling to then-No. 2 Stanford, 5-2, but coming back to defeat No. 2 California, 4-3.
* This week's matches against Washington and Washington State will count against conference records. Only the second of two meetings against Pac-10 teams during the season (except Oregon, Washington and Washington State, which USC faces only once) count against Pac-10 records.
ITA Ranking Updates -- Falling to Stanford but beating Cal only dropped the Women of Troy to No. 2 in this week's Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Poll released on April 7. In singles, Jewel Peterson moved up to No. 5, Luana Magnani jumped to No. 30, Maureen Diaz is now ranked 64th, Melissa Esmero is No. 120. In doubles, Peterson and Tiffany Brymer are ranked 19th. Individual rankings will be updated on April 21.
USC Streak Longest in 14 years v-- USC's 12-match win streak came to an end last week when it suffered its first loss since early February. The 12 consecutive wins matched the longest for the Trojans since the 1989 season when USC began the season by winning 12-straight.
The Strength is At The Bottom -- The Trojans success this year can be credited to its deep and experienced lineup, but one of its greatest strengths has been the play of freshman Carine Vermeulen. Vermeulen has won her last 13 consecutive matches playing at the No. 6 position. She is 17-1 overall this season and her only loss was to Florida's Jennifer Magley at the ITA Indoor Championships on Feb. 8.
Pac-10 Proves Toughest -- The Pac-10 has four of the top 10 teams in this week's poll, including three of the top five (No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 USC, No. 4 California). All nine conference teams are ranked among the top 50, making the Pac-10 the only conference to have all schools represented in the poll, at all. The SEC and Big XII are next in line with 11-of-12 teams ranked.
USC vs. Washington -- USC has never lost a match to the Huskies and boasts a 10-0 mark since the series began in 1993. Last season, the Women of Troy defeated Washington, 5-2, at home.
USC vs. Washington State -- The Trojans also own a perfect mark (8-0) against Washington State, having never lost to the Cougars in eight meetings. The two teams first faced each other in 1994. Last season, USC defeated WSU, 5-2, in Los Angeles.
Last Week -- A then-No. 1 USC team was faced with a difficult challenge last week as it faced No. 2-ranked Stanford and No. 2-ranked California on consecutive days. In this first-ever event, the Trojans came away with a split, falling to the Cardinal, 5-2, but bouncing back to defeat the Bears, 4-3.
The Trojans got off to a good start against Stanford on April 4, as Carine Vermeulen and Melissa Esmero tallied the first doubles win at court three. USC captured the doubles point when Luana Magnani and Anita Loyola finally broke serve in a very close match for a 9-7 victory at No. 2. USC held a 1-0 edge entering singles play, but Stanford came out firing. The Cardinal won five of six singles matches to not only make up for the deficit, but secure the win.
Quickly recovering from the loss, USC used a come-from-behind effort to beat Cal on April 5. The Trojans found themselves down from the start, as Cal won all three doubles matches for a 1-0 lead heading into singles. The Bears then gained a 3-0 advantage, winning the first two singles matches in straight sets at courts four and six before the Women of Troy began to mount their comeback. USC earned its first win on center court as Jewel Peterson defeated Raquel Kops-Jones, 6-3, 6-4. Cal's Christina Fusano and Nicole Havlicek pushed Luana Magnani and Tiffany Brymer to a third set at the No. 2 and 5 spots, respectively, while Maureen Diaz and Jieun Jacobs were headed into a tiebreaker at No. 3, but Diaz eventually won her match to bring the Women of Troy within one, 3-2. Brymer took full control of her third set and rolled to a 7-5, 6-7, 6-0 victory to tie the score. Magnani down 3-0 at the start of the final set, embarked on her own comeback to defeat Fusano, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, and clinch the victory.
Get The Latest Info -- Updated team stats can always be found by logging on to www.usctrojans.com. They are located on the women's tennis page under "Season Statistics."
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 197-96 (.672) overall record and his teams have made seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including three appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals (1999-01).