Trojans Prepare For Arizona State, Arizona
Jan. 23, 2001
This Week -- The 13th-ranked USC men's tennis team (1-0) will face one more nonconference opponent before the start of the Pac-10 season. USC hosts No. 65 BYU today at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium. The Trojans then travel to Arizona to face the No. 52 Sun Devils (2-0) on Jan. 26 and No. 60 Wildcats (2-0) on Jan. 27.
The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC earned its first win of 2001 with a 6-1 victory over UNLV (0-2) on Friday, Jan. 19, at Marks Tennis Stadium. The Trojans began the match by sweeping at the No. 2 and 3 doubles spots for the first point. At No. 1, Nick Rainey and Ryan Moore pulled out the 9-8 (8-6) decision for the third doubles victory. USC earned its next three points in the middle of the lineup but watched as Andrew Park, Parker Collins and Moore battled it out in three, three-set matches. The Trojans' only loss came at the No. 2 position as Moore was pushed to another tiebreaker. Despite being up 4-2 in the final set, he eventually fell to UNLV's Nenad Zivkovic 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).
USC vs. BYU, Arizona State, Arizona -- USC owns a 25-1 series advantage over BYU. Against the Sun Devils, the all-time record stands at 42-5 in USC's favor. USC-Arizona is one of the oldest match-ups in Trojan history. Dating back to 1934, the Trojans have only lost one match to the Wildcats, with a 77-1 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 496-119 (.807) 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.