Women's Tennis Heads To Florida For NCAA Championships|
May 13, 2003
This Week -- The fifth-ranked USC women's tennis team (21-5, 5-3 Pac-10) received its 21st all-time bid to the 2003 NCAA Championships and will be making its seventh-consecutive appearance in the Round of 16. The Trojans will face unseeded Kansas State (15-7) on Thursday, May 14, at Florida's Varsity Courts at the Ring Tennis Complex (other matches we be played at the Stadium Courts) at 5 p.m. EST. Seeded fifth in the entire tourney, the Women of Troy defeated No. 62 Sacramento State, 4-0, in the first round on May 9, then earned a 4-0 victory over No. 31 Georgia Tech on May 10, in the second round for the right to advance.
2003 NCAA Championships - Round of 16 and Quarterfinals
Thursday, May 15, 5 p.m. EST (Varsity Courts)
Thursday, May 15, 5 p.m. EST (Varsity Courts)
Friday, May 16, 2 p.m. (Stadium Courts)
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NCAA Championships -- The NCAA selected 64 teams to participate in the 2003 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships. First and second round matches were played at 16 host sites May 9-11, with the winner of each regional site advancing to the final four rounds. 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.
USC Earns Three ITA Regional Awards -- USC received three 2003 Intercollegiate Tennis Association west regional awards. Head coach Richard Gallien has been named Wilson/ITA West Regional Coach of the Year, Jewel Peterson was honored with the west region's ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship and Luana Magnani was tabbed as the ITA West Region Player to Watch.
Gallien Earns 200th Career Victory -- Head coach Richard Gallien collected his 200th career victory with a 4-0 win over No. 31 Georgia Tech in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on May 10. Currently in his 11th overall season, Gallien boasts 200-99 (.669) career record and 138-75 (.648) mark at Troy.
A Last Hurrah For Four Seniors -- The 2003 Women of Troy have been guided by the leadership of four seniors this season. Jewel Peterson, Maureen Diaz, Anita Loyola and Tiffany Brymer have steadily pushed USC back into the spotlight over the last four years (Diaz transferred as a sophomore). The four seniors makeup the No. 1, 3, 4 and 5 positions in the singles lineup and Nos. 1 and 2 spots in doubles.
ITA Ranking -- 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. 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).
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. Following are complete tournament results.
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.
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.
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 200-99 (.669) overall record and his teams have made seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including three appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals (1999-01).
NCAA Match Recaps -----------------------------------
NCAA First Round
NCAA Second Round
Kansas State: Kansas State upset both No. 16 Northwestern, 4-1, and No. 9 Virginia Commonwealth, 4-2, to advance to the Round of 16. The Cats will be making their first-ever appearance in the Round of 16 and are one of only two unseeded teams heading to Florida (Harvard is the other). Kansas State boasts a best-ever 15-7 overall record this season under 19th-year head coach Steve Bietau. Kansas State has no players ranked among the ITA's Top 125 singles players. Their No. 1 doubles team of Petra Sedimajerova and Paulina Castillejos are ranked No. 56.
USC vs. Kansas State: Thursday's match will be the first-ever meeting between USC and Kansas State.
California: After claiming two first round victories this past weekend at the NCAA Regionals in College Station, Texas, the California women's tennis team advances to its 19th overall Sweet 16 appearance and 18th out of the last 19. The Bears will face North Carolina on Thursday, May 15. With a 21-5 overall record, Cal beat both Army and host-Texas A&M by 4-0 scores for the right to advance. The team is led by four ranked singles players, including No. 6 Raquel Kops-Jones, No. 25 Christina Fusano, No. 53 Jieun Jacobs and No. 93 Catherine Lynch. Fusano and Kops-Jones are ranked No. 3 in doubles.
USC vs. California: The Trojans are 23-21 all-time against California. The Women of Troy split their two regular season match-ups against the Bears this season, beating Cal 5-2 at home, but falling 6-1 in Berkeley. The two teams have met three times in the postseason and USC has won all three match-ups.
North Carolina: North Carolina advanced to the Round of 16 with a 4-0 win over the College of Charleston and 4-1 victory over Clemson last week in the NCAA Regionals. This is Carolina's fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and second under second-year head coach Jen Callen. Last year, the Tar Heels had their best NCAA finish ever, and advanced to the quarterfinals before being eliminated by eventual champion Stanford. The Tar Heels are 19-8 overall this season. The teams is led by two ranked players: No. 13 Kate Pinchbeck and No. 42 Marlene Mejia. The team also has two ranked doubles teams: No. 45 Pinchbeck and Kendrick Bunn and No. 51 Mejia and Aniela Mojzis.
USC vs. North Carolina: USC and North Carolina have never faced each other.
Player Profiles ----------------------------------------------------
Anita Loyola Singles: 20-16 Overall / 15-10 Dual / 5-3 Pac-10 Doubles: 24-16 Overall / 17-9 Dual / 4-4 Pac-10 Despite being unranked for most of the regular season, senior Anita Loyola ended her year back in the polls, entering the ITA rankings at No. 119 on April 27... Played at the No. 3 and 4 singles positions throughout the season... Posted wins over ranked opponents such as Cal's Catherine Lynch and Washington's Darija Klaic to end the season... In doubles, she and partner Luana Magnani reached the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Indoor Championships in January and the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament in April... Ranked No. 103 in the ITA preseason singles rankings and No. 40 in the preseason doubles rankings with Magnani ... Posted a 4-3 singles record in fall tournaments, which included the Omni ITA Regional Championships and Fall Desert Classic... 2003 NCAAs: Clinched USC's win over Georgia Tech with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over #116 Mysti Morris at No. 4... Won both of her doubles matches with Magnani against Sac State and Georgia Tech.