Men's Tennis Prepares For Top-Ranked UCLA
March 26, 2001
This Week -- Coming off a 7-0 sweep over Princeton, 22nd-ranked USC men's tennis (11-3, 1-1 Pac-10) prepares to face top-ranked UCLA on Friday, March 30. The match will be played in Westwood at 1:30 p.m.
ITA Rankings -- USC enters this week ranked 22nd in the ITA polls. In singles, Andrew Park ranks 18th, Ryan Moore enters the poll at 89th and Nick Rainey is 98th. Moore and Rainey rank 11th in doubles.
USC vs. UCLA -- Friday's match against the Bruins will mark the 159th meeting between these crosstown foes. UCLA owns the advantage with a 84-74 all-time record. The Bruins have won the last five meetings. USC's last victory was on Feb. 13, 1998, at home.
The Last Time Against The Bruins -- USC dropped only its second match of the season with a 5-2 loss to the top-ranked UCLA Bruins on Feb. 28. Despite an 8-4 win at the No. 1 doubles spot by Nick Rainey and Ryan Moore over 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 then 17th-ranked Andrew Park upset 10th-ranked Rojer 6-3, 6-4.
The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC left Princeton scoreless with a 7-0 victory Thursday, March 22. USC posted its first clean sweep in doubles, earning three 8-3 victories. The Trojans quickly set the tone in singles with six decisive first-set wins. Parker Collins was the first off the court for USC with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 6 over Nick Benjamin. He was followed by Ruben Torres at No. 5 and Ryan Moore at No. 2 who clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-3 decision over Judson Williams. By the end of the match, the Trojans only allowed the Tigers to escape with one single set victory. USC won five of six singles matches in two sets.
USC News & Notes -- Nick Rainey and Ryan Moore have now won 12 consecutive doubles matches (a career best for the duo)... Andrew Park is leading the squad with the best overall record (26-4) and a .867 win percentage... Park 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.
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 507-122 (.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.