Women's Tennis Sends Three to NCAAs|
May 19, 1998
LOS ANGELES - Three members of the No. 21 USC women's tennis team -- Jacqui Boyd, Ditta Huber and Veronika Safarova -- will compete at the NCAA Individual Championships, hosted by Notre Dame on May 25-29. USC's season as a team ended on May 17 in the West Region final with a 5-1 loss to Pepperdine.
THIS SEASON - USC persevered through several injuries for the second straight year but still fared well with a 13-11 record. One possible starter (freshman Krissy Hamilton-Heinberg) missed the season due to injury and two others (seniors Pam Trump and Nicole London) only returned from injuries at the very end of the season. For most of the season, USC had only six healthy players. Still, the Women of Troy were able to post a winning record overall and finished sixth in the Pacific-10 Conference with a record of 3-5. Ditta Huber was named to the All-Pac-10 second team and Jacqui Boyd was honorable mention.
RICHARD GALLIEN - A victory over Washington in the first round of the 1998 West Regional was the 100th collegiate win in Richard Gallien's career. In three years at USC, he has a record of 39-36 (.520), and in six years overall, he is 101-60 (.627). In his first season at USC in 1996, he led the Women of Troy to the NCAA Championships. Previously, he was the men's co-head coach at Pepperdine from 1988-90. He also played at Pepperdine and was a two-time All-American.
The USC women's tennis program has won seven national titles: 1977 (AIAW), 1977 (USTA), 1978 (USTA), 1979 (AIAW), 1980 (AIAW), 1983 (NCAA) and 1985 (NCAA).
USC has won five national singles titles (one NCAA title, by Beth Herr in 1983) and one national doubles title.
USC has lost in the final of the West Regional for two straight seasons. Both in 1997 and 1998, the Women of Troy lost to Pepperdine in the final match. In 1996, USC won the regional to advance to the NCAA Team Championships.
In the current national rankings, Ditta Huber is No. 38, Jacqui Boyd is No. 64 and Veronika Safarova is No. 75.
Ditta Huber, as USC's No. 1 player, has fared well despite always matching up against the opponent's top player. Twenty of her 28 matches were against opponents currently ranked in the top 100, and she was 7-13 in those matches. Overall, Huber is 14-14, and in dual matches, she was 12-13.
Jacqui Boyd won her first 15 dual matches of the season en route to an 18-6 dual-match record. She is 22-11 overall (team high for wins).
Veronika Safarova has been consistent over her first two years, posting a winning record each time. In 1998, she is 19-16 overall and 14-11 in dual matches.