Women's Tennis To Host NCAA Regionals This Week|
May 7, 2003
This Week -- The fifth-ranked USC women's tennis team (19-5, 5-3 Pac-10) received its 21st all-time bid to the 2003 NCAA Championships and will be making its fifth-consecutive appearance. The Women of Troy, seeded fifth in the entire tourney, will host NCAA Regionals this week and face No. 62 Sacramento State (16-7) on Friday, May 9, at 2 p.m. in the first round at Marks Tennis Stadium. Unranked Georgia Tech (13-6) and No. 54 Cal Poly (20-6) will face each other in the other match (10 a.m.) and the winner of each of Friday's matches will compete in the second round on Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m. The regional champion will advance to the NCAA Championships in Gainesville, Fla., May 15-24.
2003 NCAA Championships - First and Second Round
Friday, May 9, 10 a.m.
Friday, May 9, 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 10, 2 p.m.
NCAA Championships -- The NCAA selected 64 teams to participate in the 2003 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships. First and second round matches will be played at 16 host sites May 9-11, with the winner of each regional site advancing to the finals. The championships will be held in Gainesville, Fla., at the Ring Tennis Complex on the Florida campus, May 15-24. Individual championships will consist of 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams, and will take place May 19-24 following the team championships.
ITA Ranking Updates -- USC remained at No. 5 in the last regular season Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Poll released on April 27. In singles, Jewel Peterson is ranked No. 10, Luana Magnani jumped to No. 21, Maureen Diaz is No. 62 and Anita Loyola entered the poll at No. 119. In doubles, Peterson and Tiffany Brymer are ranked 18th.
Last Year At NCAA Championships -- The Women of Troy endured a disappointing end to the 2002 NCAA Championships. After beating Oral Roberts and Oregon in the first two rounds, USC was eliminated by rival UCLA in the Round of 16. As a junior, Jewel Peterson made her third appearance in both the singles and doubles championships. After advancing to the singles quarterfinals for the second time in her three-year career, Peterson suffered a hard-fought three-set loss to Florida's Jessica Lehnhoff, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. Then-freshman Luana Magnani, in her first NCAA appearance, advanced to the second round. In doubles, Peterson and Brymer captured their first career NCAA victory, then fell in the Round of 16.
Women Of Troy History At NCAA Championships -- With its fifth consecutive (21st 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).
The Best Season In 15 Years -- Despite suffering three losses in the final two weeks of the regular season, the 2003 Women of Troy still boasts the program's best record in 15 years. In 1988, the Trojans finished 19-5 overall and 7-3 in the Pac-10 for second place. That season, USC advanced to the NCAA Semifinals where it fell to eventual champion Stanford.
Final Pac-10 Standings -- Stanford captured the 2003 Pac-10 women's team title with a undefeated record in conference play, marking the 10th-straight year that the Cardinal has won the title. USC's difficulty in the last few matches of the season, dropped the Women of Troy to fourth place. The Trojans also finished fourth in 2000, 1996 and 1987.
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. 4 California, No. 5 USC). 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. The Pac-10 women hold down 30 spots on the most recent ITA Top-125 rankings and occupy seven spots among the Top-60 doubles.
At Pac-10 Championships -- The USC men's and women's tennis teams made up for a terrible start in the singles tournaments by capturing two doubles titles at this year's Pac-10 Individual Championships in Ojai. Daniel Langre and Parker Collins captured the Men's Pac-10 Tournament Doubles Championship, while Bernadette Bayani and Melissa Esmero won the Women's Pac-10 Invitational Doubles Championship. Bayani and Esmero dominated the field, beating Arizona's Dianne Hollands and Kelly Perry 8-5 in the final to win the 2003 title. Esmero, the 2001 Pac-10 Invitational Singles Champion, added to her set of conference titles, while Bayani capped off a season in which she has played limited matches as the eighth member of the Women of Troy lineup. The pair was relatively inexperienced, having only played together six times before the tournament.
Third-Straight Invite Champions -- Bernadette Bayani and Melissa Esmero's doubles victory at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships gave the Trojans their third-straight Pac-10 Invitational Championship. Teammate Tiffany Brymer won the Invitational singles title last season and Esmero claimed the 2001 singles title.
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 198-99 (.667) overall record and his teams have made seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including three appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals (1999-01).
Sacramento State: No. 62 Sacramento State (16-7) is making its second-ever trip to the NCAAs (2002 was the first) after earning the Big Sky Conference automatic bid with a second-straight conference championship. The Hornets are currently on a four-match winning streak, with three of those victories coming at the Big Sky Championships. The team is led by fifth-year head coach Bill Campbell. Margarita Karnaukhova, the first Hornet in school history to be ranked, ended the season as the 63rd-ranked woman in the nation.
USC vs. Sacramento State: Friday's match will be the first-ever meeting between USC and Sacramento State.
Cal Poly: No. 54 Cal Poly (20-6) is making its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division I Championships after winning their first Big West Conference Championship for the NCAA automatic bid. Prior to becoming a Division I member in 1995, Cal Poly made eight Division II NCAA Tournament appearances. Third-year head coach Hugh Bream led the Mustangs to a 20-6 overall record this season and 11-1 conference mark.
USC vs. Cal Poly: If Cal Poly and USC were to meet in the second round, it would mark the first ever postseason meeting between these two schools. USC and Cal Poly faced each other earlier this season in Los Angeles for the first time in program history. USC won the regular season match-up, 7-0.
Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech (13-6) earned its fourth-straight at-large berth into the NCAA Championships. The Yellow Jackets' postseason appearance will be the fourth in the history of the program. Head coach Bryan Shelton has led Tech to the NCAAs in each of his four seasons at the helm. The team is led by Jamie Wong who also earned her second-straight berth to the NCAA Singles Championships. Last season she was the first-ever Yellow Jacket to be selected. Wong is currently ranked 43rd in both singles and doubles after posting a team-best 25-8 overall singles record thus far in 2003, along with a 13-5 dual-match mark.
USC vs. Georgia Tech: USC and Georgia Tech have never met before in regular season or postseason play.
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