Men's Tennis To Host Fresno State
Feb. 21, 2001
This Week -- The 23rd-ranked USC men's tennis team (6-1) host No. 20 Fresno State this afternoon (Feb. 21) at Marks Tennis Stadium at 1:30 p.m. This will be USC's only match of the week as it prepares to face top-ranked UCLA on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
USC News & Notes -- Andrew Park (7-0) and Ruben Torres (7-0) remain undefeated in dual match play this season ... Park is leading the squad with the best overall record (21-2) and began the season with a personal record of 13-straight match victories ... This year's squad features no seniors, four juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen.
USC vs. Fresno State -- The last few years have been eventful for the USC-Fresno State series. After being eliminated by the Bulldogs 4-1 from the 1999 NCAA Championships, the Trojans returned with a vengeance in 2000 but were again unable to get past FSU at home on Feb. 1 with a 4-3 loss. USC's chance came in the second round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament. Playing in Fresno, the Trojans upset the higher-ranked Bulldogs 4-1 to advance to the Round of 16. USC is 11-4 all-time against Fresno State.
The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC won five of six singles matches to earn a 6-1 dual match victory over UC Irvine Friday afternoon (Feb. 16) at Marks Tennis Stadium. The Trojans came out strong, sweeping all three of the doubles matches to take an early 1-0 advantage. USC then extended its lead to 3-0 with victories by Andrew Park and Ryan Moore in the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions. With a commanding 3-1 edge, the Trojans needed only one more win in singles play to defeat the Anteaters which was posted by Ruben Torres at the fifth court with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over UCI's Greg Biorkman.
Update On Cancelled Arizona Match -- The USC-Arizona match, which was twice postponed due to rain on Jan. 27 and 28, has been officially cancelled. Instead, the second meeting between the two teams on March 9 will count on the conference record.
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.
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.
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 502-120 (.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.