Women of Troy Prep For NCAA Round of 16|
May 17, 2004
This Week -- The sixth-ranked USC women's tennis team (18-6, 7-1 Pac-10) moves into the NCAA Round of 16 thanks to victories in the first two rounds of competition last week in Los Angeles. The Women of Troy, who are making their 22nd all-time and 13th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships, advance to the Round of 16 for the sixth straight year. Seeded eighth in the entire tourney, USC will face eighth-ranked and ninth-seeded UCLA (18-7) on Thursday, May 20, at noon EST at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The winner advances to the quarterfinals on Friday and will face either No. 23 Miami (19-3) or No. 11 Tulane (27-1).
Junior Luana Magnani and freshman Anca Anastasiu were selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship. Sophomore Carine Vermeulen was also chosen as the first alternate. Partners Magnani and Vermeulen will compete in the Doubles Championships. The individual championships begin after the completion of the team tournament.
2004 NCAA Championships - Round of 16 and Quarterfinals
Thursday, May 20, Noon EST
Thursday, May 20, Noon EST
Friday, May 21, 11 a.m. EST
Live Stats -- All remaining tournament matches can be followed via live stats on the internet at www.georgiadogs.com. Go to the women's tennis championships link at the top of the page to access match-by-match results.
NCAA Championships -- The NCAA selected 64 teams to participate in the 2004 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships. First and second round matches were played at 16 host sites May 14-16, with the winner of each regional site advancing to the Round of 16. The championship rounds will be held in Athens, Ga., at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the Georgia campus, May 20-24. Individual championships will consist of 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams, and will take place May 25-28 following the team championships.
ITA Ranking Updates -- The Women of Troy moved to No. 6 in the final regular season rankings released on May 4. In singles, the Trojans' Luana Magnani remained at No. 15, Anca Anastasiu improved to No. 46 and Carine Vermeulen moved to No. 77. In doubles, Magnani and Vermeulen jumped to No. 6.
Last Year At NCAA Championships -- After sweeping through the first three rounds of competition, USC faced conference foe and fourth-ranked California in the 2003 NCAA Quarterfinals. The two teams had split during the regular season and this time it was the Golden Bears that came out on top. Cal won the quarterfinal match-up 4-1, knocking the Women of Troy out of the tournament and completing the season for USC's four seniors - four-time ITA Singles All-American Jewel Peterson, ITA Doubles All-American Tiffany Brymer, Anita Loyola and Maureen Diaz. Peterson went on to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship where she advanced to the semifinal round - her best career performance. She was eliminated by eventual-champion Amber Lui of Stanford. Luana Magnani and Diaz also competed in the singles championship, falling in the second and first rounds, respectively. Peterson and Brymer were defeated in the second round of the NCAA Doubles Championship.
Women Of Troy History At NCAA Championships -- With its 13th consecutive (22nd 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 seven times (1982, 1989, 1990, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003).
Pac-10 Proves Toughest -- The Pac-10 finished the regular season with four of the top 10 teams, and five of the top 15. All nine conference teams are ranked among the top 65, making the Pac-10 the only conference to have all schools represented in the poll (eight of the nine teams are competing in the NCAA Tournament). The SEC and ACC are next in line with 11-of-12 and 8-of-9 teams ranked, respectively. The Pac-10 women hold claim 25 spots on the most recent ITA Top-125 rankings and occupy 12 spots among the Top-60 doubles.
News N' Notes -- USC has faced six top-10 opponents this season and has compiled a 4-2 record against them. *** For the second straight season, Carine Vermeulen owns the team's best singles record with a 28-11 (.718) overall mark, despite playing four spots higher than she did in 2003. *** Bernadette Bayani and Judy DeVera boast the team's best doubles record with an 11-1 (.917) overall mark. The pairs' only loss was at Stanford on April 2.
Final Pac-10 Standings -- Stanford captured the 2004 Pac-10 women's team title with a undefeated record in conference play, marking the 11th-straight year that the Cardinal has won the title. With the loss to the Cardinal to end the season on April 17, USC finished in second place for the fourth time in the last six years.
Magnani, Anastasiu, Vermeulen Earn Conference Honors - The men's and women's teams each had three players named to the 2004 All-Pac-10 teams. Luana Magnani and Anca Anastasiu were honored to the women's All-Pac-10 second team, while teammate Carine Vermeulen earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention accolades.
Head Coach Richard Gallien -- Richard Gallien is in his ninth season at the helm of the USC women's tennis program. Last season he guided the 2003 Women of Troy to a 22-6 overall record, the NCAA Quarterfinals and a No. 5 final national ranking. The season was also highlighted by a three-week stay at No. 1 for the first time in 17 years. Gallien began his career at Pepperdine, coaching the men's team for three years, before joining the Trojan family. Over the last 12 years, he has compiled a 219-106 (.674) overall record and his teams have made eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including an appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals four out of the last five years.
UPCOMING Opponents ----------------------------
UCLA: The eighth-ranked and ninth-seeded Bruins advance to the Round of 16 after notching victories over Long Beach State, 4-0, and Pepperdine, 4-2, in last week's first and second rounds. UCLA is now 18-7 overall this season. The Bruins finished third in the Pac-10 with a 6-2 record. The team features two ranked singles players (No. 18 Jackie Carleton, No. 31 Daniela Bercek) and one ranked doubles team (No. 23 Fisher/Bercek).
USC vs. UCLA: Crosstown rivals will hit the hardcourt for a third time this season on Thursday. USC beat the Bruins twice this season - 4-3 at home on Jan. 30 and 5-2 in Westwood on March 3. The Women of Troy own a 37-35 edge in the all-time series.
Miami: Miami advanced to the Round of 16 by defeated South Alabama in the first round, 4-1, then posting an upset-victory over defending national champion and top-seeded Florida, 4-3, in the second round. The Canes are 19-3 overall and captured the Big East Tournament Championship for the NCAA berth. The team features one ranked singles player (No. 4 Megan Bradley) and no ranked doubles teams.
USC vs. Miami: USC is 9-2 all-time against Miami.
Tulane: The Green Waves defeated Richmond, 4-0, and Oklahoma, 4-2, in the first two rounds of the NCAAs. With a 27-1 overall record, Tulane earned an automatic berth by winning the Conference USA Championship. The team boasts four ranked singles players (No. 58 Julie Smekodub, No. 62 Erika Valdes, No. 81 Maria Ivanov, No. 91 Darya Ivanov) and two ranked doubles teams (No. 45 Kockett/Magas, No. 58 Smekodub/Kuhn).
USC vs. Tulane: USC and Tulane have never faced each other.
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