Women of Troy Face UCLA In NCAA Round of 16|
May 14, 2002
This Week -- The 11th-ranked USC women's tennis team (19-7, 7-1 Pac-10) received its 20th all-time bid to the 2002 NCAA Championships and will be making its sixth-consecutive appearance in the Round of 16. The Trojans will face No. 5 UCLA on Thursday, May 16, at Stanford's West Courts (all other matches we be played at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium) at 11 a.m. Seeded 10th in the entire tourney and first in the region, the Women of Troy defeated Oral Roberts 5-0 in the first round on May 11, then earned a 4-0 victory over No. 39 Oregon on May 12, in the second round for the right to advance.
Junior 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.
2002 NCAA Team Championships
Thursday, May 16, 11 a.m.*
Friday, May 17, 8 a.m.
Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.
Sunday, May 19, 1 p.m.
* To be played at Stanford's West Courts.
NCAA Championships -- The NCAA selected 64 teams to participate in the 2002 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships. First and Second Round matches were played at 16 host sites May 11-13, 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, hosted by Stanford University, May 16-29. Individual championships will consist of 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams, and will take place following the team championships. 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 and all were selected to compete at the NCAA Championships - 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.
Match Recaps -------------------
NCAA First Round USC def. Oral Roberts, 5-0: USC defeated unranked Oral Roberts, 5-0, May 11 at Marks Tennis Stadium to advance to the second round of the NCAA Championships. The Trojans held Oral Roberts scoreless as they grabbed the first point of the match with two 8-0 wins at the No. 1 and 3 doubles spots. The two doubles matches were completed in a mere 25 minutes. With a 1-0 lead, USC began singles play by winning the first set at all six positions and only allowing seven total points. Luana Magnani was the first off the court for the Women of Troy as she posted a 6-0, 6-0 win over Oral Roberts's Claire Waltman at No. 2. The Trojans' third, fourth and fifth points were clinched simultaneously as Maureen Diaz defeated the Eagles' Rachel Budd, 6-1, 6-0, at court four, Melissa Esmero beat Barbara Urbaniak, 6-1, 6-0, at court six and Tiffany Brymer earned a 6-0, 6-2 win over Jennifer Helm at five to secure the USC win. All remaining matches were suspended.
NCAA Second Round USC def. #39 Oregon, 4-0: USC advanced to NCAA Round of 16 with a 4-0 win over 39th-ranked Oregon in the second round of the championships, May 12 at Marks Tennis Stadium. The Women of Troy earned the first point of the match with wins at No. 1 and 2 doubles. Luana Magnani and Anita Loyola were first off the court with an 8-4 win over the Ducks' Daria Panova and Janice Nyland. Tiffany Brymer and Jewel Peterson followed by defeating Davina Mendiburu and Courtney Nagle, 8-5, at center court. Oregon was not ready to surrender the match and won the first set on courts four and six, but the Women of Troy were already on their way to two-set victories at the No. 1, 2 and 5 positions. Brymer was the first to finish, beating Oregon's Mendiburu, 6-2, 6-3. Peterson notched a 6-3, 6-4 win at center court over Panova and Magnani clinched the USC victory with a 6-2, 6-4 decision against the Ducks' Monika Gieczys.
#5 UCLA: The Bruins advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 with a 4-0 win over Southern and a 4-1 victory over Washington. UCLA has compiled an 18-4 overall record and finished third in the Pac-10 with a 6-2 mark. The Bruins are led by No. 3-ranked Megan Bradley, No. 10 Sara Walker and No. 74 Petya Marinova, who play at the No. 1, 2 and 3 positions, respectively. The team has two pairs ranked in the top-10 doubles: No. 4 Walker and Marinova and No. 5 Lauren Fisher and Bradley.
USC vs. UCLA: USC is 33-24 all-time against rival UCLA after dropping the first match-up of the season at home, 5-2, then beating the Bruins in Westwood, 4-3, in the second meeting. This will also be the third all-time meeting between the rivals in the postseason. UCLA has won both previous NCAA matches (1989 & 1982), both of which were in the quarterfinals and both by 5-4 scores.
USC vs. #12 California: The Trojans are 22-19 all-time against California. The two teams split this season - the Golden Bears defeated the Women of Troy, 4-3, in Berkeley, and the Trojans won the second match-up, 5-2, in Los Angeles. USC and Cal have also met three times in the postseason with the Trojans winning all three contests. The last was in 1996 when USC defeated Cal 5-2 in the Round of 16.
USC vs. #3 Georgia: Georgia and USC have become frequent NCAA tournament competitors in recent years. The Trojans have never defeated the Bulldogs (0-6) and have lost three times in the postseason. USC and Georgia faced each other in the Round of 16 in the 2000 and 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Battle For The Lexus Gauntlet Comes Down To Tennis -- As proof of how competitively balanced USC and UCLA are in athletics, the battle for the first annual Lexus Gauntlet trophy-a season-long all-sports competition between USC and UCLA-will come down to the final Trojan-Bruin competitions of the 2001-2002 athletic season, including Thursday's women's tennis match. Currently, USC leads UCLA by a slim 55-52.5 point margin, with the Lexus Gauntlet trophy winner needing 57.5 points to clinch the victory outright. If both schools end up with 55 points, a tiebreaker is implemented based on head-to-head regular season meetings in all sports. In women's tennis, the Trojans and Bruins split the two regular-season meetings this season, earning 2.5 points each. The winner of this week's NCAA match collects another 2.5 points, while the loser forfeits the 2.5 points it already has. If USC wins that NCAA women's tennis match, it clinches the Lexus Gauntlet with 57.5 points.
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 35-8 (.814) mark *** Luana Magnani and Anita Loyola boast the team's best doubles record at 26-10 (.722) *** 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.
Brymer, with partner Peterson, was selected to compete in the NCAA Doubles Championships.
Loyola, with partner Magnani, was selected to compete in the NCAA Doubles Championships.
Magnani was selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships, as well as the Doubles Championships with Loyola.
Peterson was selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships, as well as the Doubles Championships with Brymer.