Men's Tennis Hosts Georgia Tech, UCI

Feb. 7, 2001

This Week -- The 23rd-ranked USC men's tennis team (5-1) hosts two nonconference opponents before competing at the ITA Team Championships next week (Feb. 15-18) in Seattle, Wash.). USC will face No. 72 Georgia Tech on Thursday, Feb. 8, and UC Irvine on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Both matches will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium.

Coach Leach Gets 500th Career Win -- On Tuesday, Feb. 6, head coach Dick Leach earned his 500th career victory when the Trojans swept San Diego 7-0.

USC vs. Georgia Tech, UCI -- Georgia Tech and USC will meet for the first time in program history on Thursday (Feb. 8). Against UCI, the Trojans own a 34-3 all time record and defeated the Anteaters 5-2 last season on Feb. 11 at home.

The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC swept San Diego 7-0 on Tuesday, Feb. 6. After winning all three doubles matches, the Trojans earned victories at No. 1 and No. 6 to increase the lead to 3-0. Following a 7-6 tiebreaker victory in his first set, Ruben Torres cinched the match for USC in his second set with a final 6-3 score. ASU upset the Trojans 4-3 in the Pac-10 opener in Tempe on Jan. 26. USC struck first by claiming two of the three doubles matches for the first point, and quickly went up 2-0 in singles. However, ASU tied the dual with wins at No. 6 and No. 1. The Sun Devils clinched the victory on the third court when Mirza Duranovic, who came from a set down, defeated Damien Spizzo, 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-1.

Park Competes at ITA Individual Championship -- Andrew Park advanced to the second round of the ITA National Collegiate Indoor Championships last week in Farmers Branch, Texas. Park defeated Jaime Gresh of Penn State in the first round 7-6 (4), 6-3 on Thursday (Feb. 1), and was eliminated by No. 1 seed Genius Chidzikwe of SMU 6-1, 6-3 in the second.

Arizona Match Postponed For Later Date -- The USC-Arizona match was twice cancelled twice due to rain last week (Jan. 27 & 28). The match will most likely be played a day prior to the start of the Pac-10 Championships (April 25) in Ojai.

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 Spizzo (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 500-120 (.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.

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