Men's Tennis Hosts Top-Ranked Bruins Wednesday
Feb. 27, 2001
This Week -- The 23rd-ranked USC men's tennis team (7-1) hosts top-ranked UCLA this Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium. Following the crosstown battle, the Trojans will be competing at the 112th Annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Tournament, March 2-4 in La Jolla, Calif. More information on the tournament can be found at www.ljbtc.com. To Note - PCMD Tournament results do not count as NCAA matches.
Trojans' Rankings -- Team: No. 23, Singles: Andrew Park - No. 22, Doubles: Moore/Rainey - No. 17
USC News & Notes -- Ruben Torres (8-0) is the only player to remain undefeated in dual match play this season ... Park is leading the squad with the best overall record (21-3) 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. UCLA -- Wednesday's match against the Bruins will mark the 158th meeting between these crosstown foes. UCLA owns the advantage with a 83-74 all-time record. The Bruins have won the last four meetings. USC's last victory was on Feb. 13, 1998, at home.
The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC earned its second-straight victory over Fresno State with a 5-2 win on Feb. 21, after upsetting the Bulldogs last season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. With two 8-4 decisions at No. 1 and 2 doubles, USC quickly claimed the doubles point and retired the third match. Ahead 1-0, Ryan Moore was the first to add a singles point for the Trojans after FSU's David Mullins retired the match. Following a win at No. 5 by Nick Rainey, the Trojans clinched the match at the third court when Ruben Torres defeated Alex Krohn 6-4, 6-1. FSU grabbed it's two points at No. 1 and No. 6 singles as Peter Luczak pushed Andrew Park to a third-set tiebreaker, and Alex Menichini swept Parker Collins 6-4, 6-1.
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 503-120 (.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.