Women's Tennis
    Women of Troy Travel To Ojai For Chanpionships
    Bernadette Bayani and partner Melissa Esmero look to defend Invitational Doubles Championship this week.
    Bernadette Bayani and partner Melissa Esmero look to defend Invitational Doubles Championship this week.

    April 21, 2004

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    This Week -- The No. 5 USC women's tennis team begins postseason play this week when it travels to Ojai, Calif., for the 2004 Pac-10 Individual Championships, April 22-25. Following a split against the Bay Area schools last week, the Women of Troy completed the regular season with a 16-6 overall record and 7-1 conference mark, for a second-place finish in the Pac-10.

    Draws and results for the 104th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament (Pac-10s) are posted at www.tennisinformation.com. Daily USC tournament results can be found at www.usctrojans.com.

    ITA Ranking Updates -- The Women of Troy moved up another spot to No. 5 in the latest ITA rankings released on April 20. In singles, the Trojans' Luana Magnani jumped to No. 13, Anca Anastasiu improved to No. 77 and Carine Vermeulen moved to No. 80. In doubles, Magnani and Vermeulen jumped nine spots to No. 7.

    Ojai Draws -- The Women of Troy are sending six players (and three doubles teams) to compete at the 2004 Pac-10 Singles and Doubles Championships in Ojai. Bernadette Bayani, Carine Vermeulen, Dianne Matias and Anca Anastasiu were selected to compete in the main draw Pac-10 Tournament, while Melissa Esmero and Erica Sauer will be competing in the back draw Pac-10 Invitational. Anastasiu and Matias will play in the main draw Doubles Tournament. Bayani and Esmero, and Sauer and Vermeulen will play in the back draw Doubles Invitational.

    NCAA Championships -- Following the conference championship, USC will await the 2004 NCAA tournament selections. The 64-team field for both the men and women will be announced on Wednesday, May 5, on ESPN News. Both the women's and men's selections will take place between 4-5 p.m. NCAA First and Second Round action will take place on May 14-16 on campus sites. The women's championships will be held May 20-23 in Athens, Ga.

    Pac-10 Proves Toughest -- The Pac-10 has four of the top 10 teams in this week's poll, and five of the top 15. All nine conference teams are ranked among the top 66, making the Pac-10 the only conference to have all schools represented in the poll. The SEC and ACC are next in line with 11-of-12 and 8-of-9 teams ranked, respectively. The Pac-10 women hold claim 25 spots on the most recent ITA Top-125 rankings and occupy 12 spots among the Top-60 doubles.

    News N' Notes -- USC has faced six top-10 opponents this season and has compiled a 4-2 record against them. *** For the second straight season, Carine Vermeulen owns the team's best singles record with a 25-10 overall mark, despite playing four spots higher than she did in 2003. *** Bernadette Bayani and Judy DeVera boast the team's best doubles record with a 9-1 overall mark. The pairs' only loss was at Stanford on April 2.

    Final Pac-10 Standings -- Stanford captured the 2004 Pac-10 women's team title with a undefeated record in conference play, marking the 11th-straight year that the Cardinal has won the title. With the loss to the Cardinal to end the season on April 17, USC finished in second place for the fourth time in the last six years.

    	School			Conf.	Overall	Rank
    	Stanford			8-0	23-0	No. 1
    	USC			7-1	16-6	No. 5
    	UCLA			6-2	16-7	No. 8
    	Washington		5-3	18-3	No. 9
    	California		4-4	16-8	No. 13
    	Oregon			2-6	16-8	No. 30
    	Arizona			2-6	6-12	No. 40
    	Arizona State		1-7	6-14	No. 41
    	Washington State		1-7	5-15	No. 66
    
    Last Year At Pac-10 Championships -- The 2003 Pac-10 Tournament was highlighted by the play of then-juniors Bernadette Bayani and Melissa Esmero, who captured the Invitational Doubles Championship with a finals victory over the Arizona duo of Dianne Hollands and Kelly Perry. This marked Esmero's second career Pac-10 title. In 2001 she won the Pac-10 Invitational Singles Championship.

    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."

    Head Coach Richard Gallien -- Richard Gallien is in his ninth season at the helm of the USC women's tennis program. Last season he guided the 2003 Women of Troy to a 22-6 overall record, the NCAA Quarterfinals and a No. 5 final national ranking. The season was also highlighted by a three-week stay at No. 1 for the first time in 17 years. Gallien began his career at Pepperdine, coaching the men's team for three years, before joining the Trojan family. Over the last 12 years, he has compiled a 217-106 (.672) overall record and his teams have made eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including an appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals four out of the last five years.