Women's Tennis preview: USC
WHAT: No. 41 Texas (5-5) concludes its West Coast road swing at No. 11 USC (9-2).
WHERE: Marks Tennis Center - Los Angeles
WHEN: Wednesday March 14 - 3:30 p.m. Central
LAST MEETING AGAINST USC: USC dealt Texas a 5-2 defeat on March 16, 2005 in Los Angeles.
ABOUT TEXAS: Head coach Patty Fendick-McCain is in her second season with the Longhorns after leading UT to an 18-12 overall record and a spot in the Big 12 tournament finals in 2006. Texas' 2006 NCAA Tournament stint ended in the round of 32 with a loss at TCU.
The Longhorns opened the season on Jan. 26 with a 7-0 victory over Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. Texas completed its successful road trip the next day with a 6-1 victory at Kansas. UT fought off challenges from Ole Miss and Arizona State in its first home matches of the season, defeating the Rebels by a 6-1 count and the Sun Devils by a 4-3 margin.
Texas suffered a pair of road losses at the hands of No. 9 Miami (Fla.) and No. 3 Florida. UT nearly knocked off the Hurricanes but fell just short, dropping a 4-3 decision in Coral Gables, Fla.
Florida handed Texas a 5-2 defeat on Saturday, Feb. 17 in Gainesville, Fla. Texas resumed Big 12 Conference play on Saturday, Feb. 24 and defeated Nebraska by a 7-0 margin at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center. The Longhorns suffered a 7-0 defeat to Notre Dame in on March 3 in South Bend, Ind.
Texas hit the road for a spring break trip to California beginning on Sunday, March 11, when the Horns suffered a 5-2 loss to Stanford. UT fell victim to the California Golden Bears on Monday, March 12 by a 6-1 margin.
Freshman Vanja Corovic (Belgrade, Serbia) vaulted up the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles rankings this week, coming in at No. 53. Junior Courtney Zauft (San Antonio, Texas), like Corovic, enjoyed a jump in the rankings, moving to No. 85.
Texas returns three letterwinners from the 2006 squad, including seniors Petra Dizdar (Split, Croatia) and Ristine Olson (Missoula, Mont.). Dizdar is a three-time All-Big 12 Conference selection who finished the 2006 season with a No. 104 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles ranking. Olson totaled an 18-8 dual-match record a season ago, and sophomore Marija Milic (Etobicoke, Ontario) has seen added playing time in 2007.