Women's Tennis
    Women's Tennis To Face Oral Roberts In First Round of NCAAs

    May 6, 2002

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    2002 NCAA Regionals - First and Second Rounds
    Marks Tennis Stadium

    Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.
    UNLV vs. Oregon

    Saturday, May 11, 1 p.m.
    USC vs. Oral Roberts

    Sunday, May 12, 1:30 p.m.
    USC/Oral Roberts vs. Oregon/UNLV

    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.

    Opponents ------------------------------

    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.

    Player Profiles ----------------------------------

    Bernadette Bayani
    13-9 overall / 7-5 Dual Matches / 2-0 Pac-10 Matches

    Due to the depth on this year's squad and her own injuries, sophomore Bernadette Bayani has played a limited amount of matches this season among the lineups top-6. In the fall, she advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional Championships before falling to eventual champion and USC teammate Jewel Peterson, 6-0, 6-4. Bayani had another outstanding tournament performance at the Pac-10 Indoor Championships (Flight III) in January where she advanced to the finals for the first time at USC. Bayani finished second after being defeated by UCLA's Lauren Fisher, 6-1, 6-1. She played 12 dual matches this season (one at No. 5 and 11 at No. 6) and posted a 7-5 record. Bayani lost in the first round of the Pac-10 Invitational. In doubles, with partner Maureen Diaz (7-5), the duo advanced to the finals of the Pac-10 Indoor Championships and the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional Championships. Bayani has played most dual matches with doubles partner Melissa Esmero. Together they boast a 10-7 overall record at the No. 3 position and a 4-2 conference mark. The pair also advanced to the second round of the Pac-10 Invitational.

    Tiffany Brymer
    23-10 overall / 16-7 Dual Matches / 5-2 Pac-10 Matches

    Tiffany Brymer had a short fall season, only playing five matches before January's Pac-10 Indoor Championships. Throughout the dual match season, Brymer played primarily at No. 5 with three outings at the No. 4 position. In the first meeting with UCLA, she upset then-ranked Lauren Fisher for her biggest upset of the season. Brymer won seven consecutive matches at mid-season, never dropping a match in March. She captured her first collegiate title by winning the 2002 Pac-10 Invitational Championship at the end of the regular season. In doubles, she and partner Jewel Peterson have been ranked among the top-25 all season and reached as high as No. 4 on April 3. In the fall, the duo reached the semifinals of the ITA Regionals and the Pac-10 Indoor Championships, and recently advanced to the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament. Brymer and Peterson also upset UCLA's then No. 4-ranked Petya Marinova and Sara Walker on March 7. Brymer also played doubles matches with Caroline Christian (1-0) and Maureen Diaz (1-0).

    Maureen Diaz
    25-11 overall / 19-6 Dual Matches / 6-2 Pac-10 Matches

    Maureen Diaz has bounced in and out of the top-100 throughout the season and is currently No. 76. With a preseason ranking at No. 46, she advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Regional Championships before falling to eventual champion Sara Walker. Diaz split her time during the dual match season at the No. 3 and 4 positions. She also played one match at No. 2. She won as many as seven consecutive matches during February and upset opponents including UCLA's Petya Marinova, Arizona's Dianne Hollands and Cal's Jieun Jacobs. Diaz fell in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament to eventual-champion Gabriela Lastra of Stanford. In doubles, with partner Bernadette Bayani (7-5), the duo advanced to the finals of the Pac-10 Indoor Championships and the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional Championships. Diaz also played doubles matches with Tiffany Brymer (1-0) and Melissa Esmero (3-4). Esmero and Diaz played seven dual matches all at the No. 3 position.

    Melissa Esmero
    11-5 overall / 11-4 Dual Matches / 6-2 Pac-10 Matches

    Due to injuries, sophomore Melissa Esmero skipped the fall season and joined the lineup in February for dual matches. She played the majority of her matches at the No. 6 spot and four at No. 5, and recorded a 6-2 record in Pac-10 competitions. To end the season, she fell in the second round of the Pac-10 Invitational. Esmero has played most dual matches with doubles partner Bernadette Bayani. Together they boast a 10-7 overall record at the No. 3 position and a 4-2 conference mark. The pair advanced to the second round of the Pac-10 Invitational. Esmero and Maureen Diaz played seven dual matches together (3-4) all at the No. 3 position.

    Anita Loyola
    19-17 overall / 13-12 Dual Matches / 5-3 Pac-10 Matches

    Anita Loyola had a strong fall season, reaching the quarterfinals of the consolation draw at the Riviera Qualifier and the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional Championships and Pac-10 Indoor Championships. Despite her preseason success, Loyola suffered a rough start to the dual match season and won only three of her first nine matches. She quickly turned the season around and won nine-straight from Feb. 27 through March 30, including a win over UCLA's Sarah Gregg which clinched the Trojans' 4-3 victory against the Bruins on March 7. Loyola has played the majority of her matches at the No. 4 position, in addition to one at the No. 1 spot, two at No. 2 and nine at No. 3. She was eliminated in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament. She and doubles partner Luana Magnani have found great success this season and have been ranked from the start. Currently No. 26, the pair has reached a No. 19 ranking with a 25-10 overall record and 13-12 mark in dual matches at the No. 2 spot.

    Luana Magnani
    30-10 overall / 17-7 Dual Matches / 5-2 Pac-10 Matches

    Luana Magnani burst onto the collegiate season in her first season with three standout tournament performances in the fall. She reached the main draw of the Riviera Tournament by winning six consecutive matches in the qualifying rounds. At the ITA Regional Championships, Magnani advanced to the semifinals before falling to eventual champion and USC teammate Jewel Peterson. Magnani also reached the finals of the Pac-10 Indoor Championships (Flight II) in January before falling to Cal's Jieun Jacobs. During the dual match season, she has played the majority of her matches at the No. 2 position and one at the No. 1 spot. Her wins include upsets over then No. 4 Sara Walker of UCLA on March 7 and No. 27 Chloe Carlotti of Fresno State on March 20. Magnani won seven consecutive matches from Feb. 27 through March 22 of this season. She and doubles partner Anita Loyola have found great success this season in doubles and have been ranked from the start. Currently No. 26, the pair has reached a No. 19 ranking with a 25-10 overall record and 13-12 mark in dual matches at the No. 2 spot.

    Jewel Peterson
    30-7 overall / 19-4 Dual Matches / 6-2 Pac-10 Matches

    Junior Jewel Peterson recorded her best singles record yet this season, going 30-7 during the regular season and 19-4 in dual matches all at the No. 1 position. In the fall, she advanced to the finals of the ITA Regional Championships but was defeated by Sara Walker of UCLA for the title. She earned a bid to the ITA National Championship where she advanced to the quarterfinals (also her best performance yet at this tournament). In January, Peterson won her first Pac-10 Indoor Championship (Flight I) title by defeating Lauren Barnikow of Stanford. Peterson has won as many as nine consecutive matches this season and notched notable upset victories over Stanford's Lauren Kalvaria and Northwestern's Marine Piriou. At the Pac-10 Tournament, she advanced to the championship match but fell to Gabriela Lastra of Stanford. In doubles, she and partner Tiffany Brymer have been ranked among the top-25 all season and reached as high as No. 4 on April 3. In the fall, the duo reached the semifinals of the ITA Regionals and the Pac-10 Indoor Championships, and recently advanced to the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament. Brymer and Peterson also upset UCLA's then No. 4-ranked Petya Marinova and Sara Walker on March 7.