Trojans Face Conference Foes; Arizona, Arizona State
March 7, 2001
This Week -- The 21st-ranked USC men's tennis team (7-2) hosts two Pac-10 opponents this week. The Trojans face the 52nd-ranked Wildcats (9-3) on Friday (March 9) at 1:30 p.m., then welcome the 24th-ranked Sun Devils (7-3) on Saturday (March 10) at Noon. Both matches will be played at Marks Tennis Stadium.
Update on Cancelled Arizona Match -- The USC-Arizona match, which was twice postponed due to rain on Jan. 27 and 28, was officially cancelled. Instead, the second meeting between the two teams this Friday, will count on the conference record. The USC-Arizona State match does not count against the Pac-10 record.
USC News & Notes -- Ruben Torres (8-1) and Andrew Park (8-1) own the team's best dual match record ... Park is leading the squad with the best overall record (22-3) 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. Arizona, Arizona State -- Against the Sun Devils, the all-time record stands at 42-6 in USC's favor despite suffering a 4-3 loss in their first meeting of 2001 . 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.
The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC dropped only its second match of the season with a 5-2 loss to the top-ranked UCLA Bruins on Tuesday (March 6) at Marks Tennis Stadium. Despite an 8-4 win at the No. 1 doubles spot by Nick Rainey and Ryan Moore over UCLA's Jean-Noel Grinda and Jean-Julien Rojer, the Trojans surrendered the doubles point with losses at courts 2 and 3. Down 0-1, USC earned its first match point at No. 3 singles when Tobias Clemens retired a 3-2 match to Damien Spizzo. The Trojans' afternoon was highlighted at center court when 17th-ranked Andrew Park upset 10th-ranked Rojer 6-3, 6-4.
Pacific Coast Doubles -- Ryan Moore and Nick Rainey advanced to the finals of the 112th Annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Tournament last week (, but fell to UCLA's Marcin Matkowski and Travis Rettenmaier in the championship match. En route, the top-seeded duo defeated Pepperdine's No. 1 doubles tandum in the Round of 16. Andrew Park and Damien Spizzo also represented USC but fell in the first round to the eventual champions. Tournament results do not count on NCAA records.
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.
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 503-121 (.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.