Women's Tennis To Face Oral Roberts In First Round of NCAAs|
May 6, 2002
2002 NCAA Regionals - First and Second Rounds
Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.
Saturday, May 11, 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 12, 1:30 p.m.
This Week -- The 11th-ranked USC women's tennis team (17-7, 7-1 Pac-10) received its 20th all-time bid to the 2002 NCAA Championships and will be making its fourth-consecutive appearance. The Trojans, seeded 10th in the entire tourney, will host NCAA Regionals this week and face unranked Oral Roberts (11-9) on Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m. in the first round at Marks Tennis Stadium. No. 18 UNLV and No. 39 Oregon will face each other in the other match (9 a.m.) and the winner of each of Saturday's matches will compete in the second round on Sunday, May 12, at 1:30 p.m. The regional champion will advance to the NCAA Championships in Stanford, Calif., May 16-19.
Sophomore Jewel Peterson and freshman Luana Magnani were selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship. Partners Peterson and Tiffany Brymer and Magnani and Anita Loyola will also compete in the Doubles Championships.
NCAA Championships -- The NCAA selected 64 teams to participate in the 2002 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships. First and Second Round matches will be played at 16 host sites May 10-12, with the winner of each regional site advancing to the finals. The championships will be held in Stanford, Calif., at the Taube Family Tennis Center on the Stanford campus, May 16-19. Individual championships will consist of 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams, and will take place May 20-24 following the team championships.
ITA Ranking Updates -- USC remained at No. 11 in the latest rankings released on May 1. In singles, USC's Jewel Peterson dropped to No. 8 and Luana Magnani also fell one spot to No. 28. Maureen Diaz is ranked No. 91. In doubles, Peterson and Tiffany Brymer remain at No. 6 and Magnani and Anita Loyola are now at No. 31.
Last Year At NCAA Championships -- For the third-consecutive year, USC made an outstanding showing at the 2001 NCAA Championships by advancing to the quarterfinals. This time the Women of Troy upset Northwestern in the Round of 16, before falling to eventual runner-up Georgia (for the second straight year). As a sophomore, Jewel Peterson made her second appearance in both the singles and doubles championships. In singles, Peterson advanced to the Round of 16 before falling to ASU's Adria Engel, 7-6, 5-7, 6-3, in an extremely competitive match-up. In doubles, she and partner Tiffany Brymer fell in the first round.
Women of Troy History at NCAA Championships -- With its 11th consecutive (20th overall) bid to the NCAA Tournament, USC has long been a force in collegiate women's tennis. Since the inception of the NCAA postseason in 1982, the Women of Troy have earned two national titles (1983, 1985) to complement five previous AIAW and USTA titles. The Trojans have twice played in the NCAA championship match (runner-up - 1984, 1886) and have reached the quarterfinals six times (1982, 1989, 1990, 1999, 2000, 2001).
Final Pac-10 Standings -- Stanford captured the women's team title for 2002 in a race decided on the final day of competition between the Trojans and Cardinal. Stanford posted an undefeated 8-0 record in Pac-10 play, marking the ninth-straight year that it has won the women's title. USC's second-place finish is its third in the last four years.
The Nation's Toughest Conference -- Once again, the Pacific-10 conference proved to be the toughest tennis conference in the country. For the first time in recent years, all nine Pac-10's universities which sponsor women's tennis are ranked among the top-40 - six of which have consistently remained in the top-20. In singles, nine of the top-25 competitors are from the Pac-10, and 10 among the top-25 in doubles. There are 23 total singles players who represent the conference in the top-100, and 14 doubles pairs.
At Ojai Pac-10 Championships -- USC tennis swept both the men's and women's Pac-10 Invitational singles titles, as sophomore Ruben Torres and junior Tiffany Brymer were both victorious on the final day of the Pac-10 Tournament/Invitational in Ojai, Calif., April 25-28. The Trojans were represented in four of the final six matches on Sunday. Brymer won four straight matches en route to winning her first collegiate title at USC. She claimed a two-set win over Cal's Nicole Havlicek for the championship. Junior Jewel Peterson faced Stanford's Gabriela Lastra on Sunday for the Pac-10 Tournament (main draw) singles championship but suffered a 6-3, 6-3 loss to the 10th-ranked senior. Peterson's route to the title match included a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 32 Raquel Kops-Jones of Cal in the semifinal. Throughout the tournament USC also saw top performances from doubles pair Brymer and Peterson, who advanced to the Tournament semifinals. Brymer and Peterson were defeated by eventual champions Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano of Cal, 9-7.
Second-Straight Invite Champions -- Tiffany Brymer's victory at the Pac-10 Championships gave the Trojans their second-straight Pac-10 Invitational Singles Championship. Teammate Melissa Esmero claimed the 2001 title with a 6-2, 6-2 finals victory over then-USC teammate Krissy Hamilton-Heinberg.
Oral Roberts: Unranked Oral Roberts (11-9) is making its fourth-straight trip to the NCAAs after earning the Mid-Continent Conference automatic bid with a fifth-straight conference championship. The Golden Eagles captured the MCC title with a 4-0 win over Valparaiso on April 27. Oral Roberts began its season with eight straight losses but rebounded by winning its final 10 consecutive. The team has no ranked singles or doubles players, but is led by junior Marlena Maciolek (Szamotuly, Poland), who collected an 11-7 record at the No. 1 singles position (14-10 overall) this year. In doubles, Maciolek and partner Isabelle Soucy are 11-8 overall this season and 8-6 in dual matches at No. 1.
USC vs. Oral Roberts: Saturday's match will be the first-ever meeting between USC and Oral Roberts.
No. 18 UNLV: UNLV also earned an automatic bid to the NCAAs by winning its second Mountain West conference title. The Lady Rebels defeated top-seeded San Diego State, 4-2, for the championship on April 27. With the win, UNLV improved to 20-3 overall this season and 11-3 against ranked opponents. The team has two ranked singles players - No. 97 Gyorgyi Zsiros (Budapest, Hungary) and No. 102 Paulina Janus (Warsaw, Poland) - who play at the No. 2 and 1 positions, respectively.
USC vs. UNLV: The Women of Troy are 6-0 all-time against the Lady Rebels. The two teams last faced each other in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 1999, and USC defeated UNLV, 8-0.
No. 39 Oregon: Oregon (13-10) has enjoyed one of its more successful seasons in recent years, despite finishing in a tie for last place in the Pac-10 with a 1-7 mark this season. No. 1 singles player Daria Panova (Moscow, Russia) is ranked No. 88, while Janice Nyland (Davis, Calif.), the team's No. 3 player, is ranked No. 112. The Ducks' No. 1 doubles team of Courtney Nagle (Danville, Calif.) and Davina Mendiburu (Verberg, Sweden) has spent time in and out of the ITA's top-50 this season.
USC vs. Oregon: Oregon has never defeated the Women of Troy in six meetings between these two conference opponents. This season, USC defeated the Ducks 7-0 on March 8 in Los Angeles.
News 'N Notes -- Jewel Peterson's nine-match win streak came to an end when she fell to Cal's Raquel Kops-Jones on April 19, but she rebounded with an upset victory over Stanford's fourth-ranked Lauren Kalvaria on April 20 for her biggest upset of the season, then avenged the loss by defeating Kops-Jones in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals *** Peterson also owns the team's best singles record with a 34-8 (.810) mark *** Luana Magnani and Anita Loyola boast the team's best doubles record at 25-10 (.714) *** This year's starting lineup features no seniors, four juniors, one sophomore and one freshmen.
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 seventh season at the helm of the USC women's tennis program. Last season he guided the 2001 Trojans to a 20-8 overall record, a No. 8 final team ranking and a quarterfinal appearance at the NCAAs. Gallien began his career at Pepperdine, coaching the men's team for three years, before joining the Trojan family. Over the last nine years, he has compiled a 177-93 (.656) overall record and his teams have made six appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including three consecutive appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals.
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