No. 4 USC Women Winds Down Pac-10 Play Against No. 44 Oregon|
April 12, 2006
THIS WEEK: The No. 4 Women of Troy (14-3, 5-1 Pac-10) return home this week for a single Pac-10 match -- the second-to-last regular-season conference match of the season -- against No. 44 Oregon (12-7, 1-4). The Trojans face the Ducks at 12 p.m. on Saturday (April 15) at Marks Stadium.
ITA RANKING UPDATES: USC is ranked #4 in the latest ITA team rankings (released April 11). The Women of Troy have four players ranked in singles (released April 4). Freshman Amanda Fink is the #9 ranked player in the nation, while Dianne Matias is #28, Luana Magnani is #49, and Lindsey Nelson is #51. On the doubles scene, Magnani/Nelson have moved up to #18, and Magnani/Fink are #32. Oregon is ranked #44 as a team and has #30 Dominika Dieskova ranked in singles and Dieskova/Olivos ranked #31 in doubles.
RECENT RESULTS: The Women of Troy split a rainy road trip last week, posting a 5-1 win over No. 13 California and falling 6-1 to No. 1 Stanford. Against the Cardinal, Anca Anastasiu was the only Trojan to grab a victory with a win over #41 Whitney Deason, keeping her undefeated dual match singles record intact. USC's match with Cal began on Friday, but was postponed due to rain and resumed on Sunday. USC was leading the match 2-0 with wins completed on Friday by Carine Vermeulen and Luana Magnani. On Sunday, Amanda Fink and Dianne Matias finished off wins, and Anastasiu battled back from her Friday deficit to grab a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 win and round out the match as a 5-1 USC win. For Anasasiu's continued domination in dual match singles action, she was named Pac-10 Player of the Week.
USC VS. OREGON: USC is 9-0 all-time against the Ducks, lasting posting a 5-1 win over Oregon last year in Pac-10 play. Oregon is led by #30 Dominika Dieskova, who is 30-6 on the year in singles play and 28-6 in doubles with partner Ceci Olivos. Oregon is coming off a 6-1 loss to Stanford, in which Dieskova was the Ducks' lone win with a victory at No. 1 over Amber Liu.
NELSON IN FULL EFFECT: USC's top returning player is right back at her winning ways. Playing at the No. 1 singles slot, sophomore Lindsey Nelson earned herself Pac-10 Player of the Week honors with a smooth effort over ranked opponents from Washington and Washington State. She holds an 8-5 record in dual match play so far this season, having sat out four matches with illness.
COMEBACK KID: Senior Luana Magnani missed out on the 2005 season with eligibility troubles, but is back in full effect this season for USC. She cruised to a 6-0 record in dual matches at the No. 4 singles slot until slipping in a No. 3 singles match at Arizona and is now 13-3 in dual matches. She holds a #49 ITA ranking in singles, and also is ranked with two different doubles partners -- #18 with Lindsey Nelson and #32 with Amanda Fink. For her efforts earlier in the season, Magnani was named a Pac-10 Player of the Week.
LEFTY ON THE LOOSE: Freshman southpaw Amanda Fink has wasted no time turning heads in her first year at USC. She was the nation's top-ranked player earlier this season and now sits as USC's highest ranked player at #9. She's 30-7 on the year, and 12-4 in dual matches after picking up her first two wins at the No. 1 singles slot against Arizona and ASU while Lindsey Nelson was out with illness.
ANCA IN ACTION: Junior Anca Anastasiu has some smarts to go along with her tennis success. A 4.0 student who also wields a wicked racket, Anastasiu is USC's only undefeated player in dual-match action. She's mostly been holding down the No. 5 and 6 singles slots but recently moved up to No. 4, where she got two more wins. Most recently, she rang up her dual match record to 15-0 and earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors with a win over Stanford's #41 Whitney Deason and another comeback win at Cal last week
2006 TROJANS: The 2006 USC squad, led by head coach Richard Gallien -- in his 11th season at Troy -- is highlighted by six returning players from last year's team that reached the NCAA Quarterfinals and finished the 2005 season with a No. 7 national ranking. This year, the Trojans boast four newcomers to the roster as USC works toward an 11th straight appearance at the NCAA Tournament. USC finished with 19-4 overall record and went 7-1 in Pac-10 play to finish second in the conference.
HEAD COACH Richard Gallien: Now entering his 11th season at Troy, Gallien has strung together 10 straight NCAA appearances, nine top-20 team rankings and five trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Under Gallien's watch, USC has finished no lower than 11th for the past seven years. At USC, Gallien has compiled a 176-87 overall record and .669 win percentage. In his 13 years as a head coach (also coaching the men at Pepperdine prior to coming to USC), he boasts a 238-111 (.682) career mark.