Men's Tennis To Host UNLV On Friday
Jan. 17, 2001
This Week -- The 13th-ranked USC men's tennis team hosts UNLV on Friday, Jan. 20, to begin the 2001 dual match season. The match will be played at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium.
The Trojans' Last Outing -- Andrew Park led the Trojans by advancing to the quarterfinals of the Sherwood Collegiate Cup at the Sherwood Tennis Country Club on Jan. 13-15. The three-day, five-team tournament featured players from Cal, Pepperdine, Stanford, UCLA and USC. Seeded third upon entering the tournament, Park defeated Chris Sands of UCLA (6-1, 6-4) and second-seeded Carter Morris of Stanford (6-4, 6-3) to advance to the quarterfinals. He was eliminated by eventual champion and No. 5 seed Jean-Julien Rojer of UCLA 6-4, 6-4. The loss was Park's first of the year as he enters the dual match season with a 13-1 overall record.
USC vs. UNLV -- USC has never lost a match to the Rebels. In a series that began in 1985, the Trojans own a 9-0 all-time record.
USC News & Notes -- This year's squad features no seniors, four juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen.
2001 Fall Highlights -- Andrew Park began 2001 by winning the SoCal Intercollegiate Championship with a 6-3, 6-3 upset victory over UCLA's Travis Rettenmaier on Oct. 30. For his second title of the fall, Park entered as the tournament's top-seed and defeated Jean-Noel Grinda of UCLA for the ITA Region VIII South Championship, a title he also won last season. Park was honored as the ITA November Player of the Month. Ryan Moore and Nick Rainey also defended a 2000 title by winning the 2001 SoCal Intercollegiate Championship with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Pepperdine's Chase Exon and Stefan Suter on Nov. 1.
Roster Additions -- USC made two new additions to the roster after the New Year. Damien Spiezo (Melbourne, Australia) and Ruben Torres (Cali, Colombia) have joined the Trojans and begun classes at USC this semester. The two international stand-outs are expected to play in one of the top six positions in the lineup.
Head Coach Dick Leach -- Dick Leach enters his 22nd season at the helm of the USC men's tennis program. In 21 years with the Trojans, he has amassed a 495-119 (.806) overall record and won three national championships (1991, 1993, 1994). His teams have garnered seven Pac-10 championships, for which Leach has been named conference coach of the year four times (1987, 1991, 1992, 1994). Last season, he guided USC to a 18-9 (.667) overall mark, third place finish in the Pac-10 (5-2), and Round of 16 appearance at the NCAAs.