Men's Tennis Heads To Pac-10 Championship

April 25, 2001

This Week -- Following a 4-2 and 6-1 loss to Cal and Stanford last week, 22nd-ranked USC men's tennis finished the regular season with a 13-8 overall record and 3-4 conference mark, for a fourth-place finish in the Pac-10. This week, USC will compete at the Pac-10 Championships on April 26-29 in Ojai, Calif. Complete tournament results will be posted daily or updates can be fournd at Ojaitourney.com.

Final Pac-10 Standings -- Stanford captured both the men's and women's team titles in 2000, with the Cardinal men posting a perfect 7-0 mark in the Pac-10. This also marks the fourth-straight year that Stanford has won the men's title.

USC's fourth-place (tie) finish is the first time the Trojans have finished fourth since 1978 when the team went 0-6 in conference play and 10-10 overall, and only the second time in program history. In the last decade, USC has finished first in the Pac-10 four times, of which the team won three national titles (1991, 93, 94). The Trojans have twice finished second, and third four times.

School	Conference W-L	Overall W-L	RankStanford	7-0		21-1		No. 1UCLA		6-1		20-2		No. 2California	4-3		14-8		No. 13Washington	3-4		18-7		No. 18USC		3-4		13-8		No. 22Arizona State	3-4		10-11		No. 31Arizona		2-5		12-9		No. 39Oregon		0-7		8-13		----

One of the Nation's Toughest Conference -- Once again, the Pacific-10 conference proved to be one of the toughest tennis conferences in the country. Eight of the nine Pac-10 universities which sponsor men's tennis were ranked among the top-100 - four of which have consistently remained in the top-20. In doubles, two of the top-10 competitors are from the Pac-10, with eight total pairs in the top 50. There are 20 total players who represent the Pac-10 among the top 100 singles players.

NCAA Championships -- Following the conference championship, the Trojans will await the 2000 NCAA tournament selections. The announcement will be made on Thursday, May 3, at 1:30 p.m. PT. Regional action will begin on May 11-13 on campus sites. The championships will be held at the University of Georgia in Athens, May 17-25.

Last Year At Pac-10 Championships -- The Trojans were hit with a second-round jinx last year at the 2000 Pac-10 Championships. Four of USC's top six players - Ryan Moore, Andrew Park, Nick Rainey and Parker Collins - won their first round matches and fell in the second. The same troubles hit tournament favorites Moore and Rainey in the doubles quarterfinals when they lost to Washington's Andy Posavac and Nick Quatrochi. The only pair to play another match for the Trojans was Collins and Park who made it to the semifinals after upsetting Jean-Noel Lacoste and Alex Aybar of Arizona in the quarterfinals. Following are the complete results from the 2000 Pac-10 Championships.

Singles:
Ryan Moore (Tournament)

1st Round: def. Michel Stopa (Arizona), 6-0, 3-0, retired
2nd Round: lost to Geoff Abrams (Stanford), 2-6, 2-6

Andrew Park (Tournament)
1st Round: def. John Paul Fruttero (Cal), 7-6, 6-1
2nd Round: lost to Alex Kim (Stanford), 3-6, 6-4, 2-6

Nicholas Rainey (Tournament)
1st Round: def. Jean-Noel Lacosta (Arizona), 6-1, 6-4
2nd Round: lost to Guillermo Carter (Oregon), 4-6, 6-4, 4-6

Parker Collins (Invitational)
1st Round: def. Jeff Eicher (Washington), 6-3, 6-4
2nd Round: lost to Erfan Djahangiri (UCLA), 2-6, 6-3, 2-6

Christian Jensen (Invitational)
1st Round: lost to Chris Sand (UCLA), 2-6, 0-6

Scott Merryman (Invitational)
1st Round: lost to Travis Rettenmaier (UCLA), 2-6, 1-6

Doubles:
Rainey/Moore (Tournament)

1st Round: def. Klinger/Bowen (Arizona State), 8-6
Quarterfinals: lost to Posavac/Quatrochi (Washington), 2-8

Park/Collins (Tournament)
1st Round: def. Kowalczyk/Miles (Cal), 8-5
Quarterfinals: def. Lacoste/Aybar (Arizona), 9-8
Semifinals: lost to Carter/Eisinga (Oregon), 4-6, 6-3, 3-6

Christian/Merryman (Invitational)
1st Round: lost to Berman/Lunde (Washington), 5-8

The Trojans' Last Outing -- Despite upset victories in singles and doubles, USC could not match Stanford's efforts in a 6-1 loss on Sunday (April 22) in Stanford. The Cardinal won two of the three doubles matches to capture the first point, and then captured five of the six singles matches to earn the win. The Trojans' lone victory came at No. 2 when Ryan Moore upset 25th-ranked K.J. Hippensteel in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. Moore, along with doubles partner Ruben Torres, also captured USC's only win in doubles as the pair stunned sixth-ranked Scott Lipsky and David Martin 8-4.

On Saturday (April 21), Cal earned a 4-2 win over USC at the Hellman Tennis Courts in Berkeley. Both Cal and USC switched up the doubles teams, moving the Bears' duo of John Paul Fruttero and Robert Kowalczyk to the No. 1 spot, where they fell to USC's Damien Spizzo and Nick Rainey, 9-8. Despite the win at center court, the Trojans surrendered the doubles point with losses at No. 2 and 3. In singles, Cal earned points at No. 1, 4 and 6 for the match victory. The Trojans' two points came at No. 2 and 3 singles as Ryan Moore and Spizzo each claimed two-set victories over the Bears' Veress and Barnes, respectively.

Rainey and Moore Receive ITA Player of the Month Honors -- Ryan Moore and Nick Rainey were tabbed the ITA National Doubles Team of the Month in March. The Trojans' tandem went 7-0 in March, registered three top nine wins and climbed 23 spots in the rankings.

Park Named November Player of the Month -- 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. Following these two victories, Park was honored as the ITA November Player of the Month.

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

Spring 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.

Leach Among Top-10 Coaches -- In the April edition of Volleyball magazine, an article highlighted the top-10 winningest men's coaches currently in the NCAA. With an all-time record of 508-127 (.800) in 22 years, head coach Dick Leach ranks fourth. Here are the top three: (1) Al Scates, UCLA men's volleyball - 1001-162, .861, (2) Dick Gould, Stanford men's tennis - 691-128, .844, (3) Jerry Yeagley, Indiana men's soccer - 494-90-37, .825.

USC News & Notes -- Nick Rainey and Ryan Moore have now won 14 consecutive doubles matches (a career best for the duo)... Andrew Park is leading the squad with the best overall record (28-8) and a .778 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 508-127 (.800) 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.

Player Profiles ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

Parker Collins
13-17 Overall / 9-12 Dual Matches / 2-7 Pac-10 Matches
Maintaining his position at No. 6 in the lineup, Parker Collins has struggled against top opponents. Prior to the start of dual match play, he posted a 4-5 overall record, including two wins in the consolation round of the Rolex Regionals. He won his first 5-of-7 dual matches but then began to struggle as the team entered Pac-10 play. In doubles, Collins played the majority of his dual matches with partner Ruben Torres. The pair compiled a 13-5 overall record primarily at No. 3 and is currently riding a three-match win streak. In the preseason, he and Daniel Langre paired to advance to the third round of the Rolex Regional main draw.

Ryan Moore
16-10 overall / 14-6 Dual Matches / 4-4 Pac-10 Matches

Playing at No. 2, Ryan Moore has had success with a 14-6 record in dual matches. Hampered by injuries in the fall, Moore posted a 2-4 record in preseason tournaments. Moore has only dropped four matches since February and won 12, including upset-victories over (No. 25) K.J. Hippensteel of Stanford and Cal's (No. 83) Belazs Veress. He is riding a four-match win streak in singles. Moore and doubles partner Nick Rainey remain ranked among the top-10 and currently own a 20-3 overall record. The duo captured the SoCal Intercollegiate Doubles Championship in the fall with a victory over Chase Exon and Stefan Suter of Pepperdine. The team was tabbed ITA Doubles Team of the Month after posting a 7-0 record in March. Within that time they registered three top nine wins and extended their current win streak to 14 - the longest of their careers.

Andrew Park
28-8 overall / 14-6 Dual Matches / 6-2 Pac-10 Matches

With the team's best overall record at 28-8 and the pressure of playing at the No. 1 position, Andrew Park has enjoyed an extremely successful year. He began the season with a personal record of 13-straight match victories and two tournament championships. He won the first with a 6-3, 6-3 upset victory over UCLA's Travis Rettenmaier for the SoCal Intercollegiate Championship title. For his second tournament win 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. Following these two victories, Park was honored as the ITA November Player of the Month. Park had only lost four matches prior to suffering a sprained ankle against Stanford on April 7. He was forced to retire the match and since then has logged four-straight losses. In doubles, Park played the majority of the dual matches with partner Damien Spizzo. The pair compiled a 11-8 overall record primarily at No. 2.

Nick Rainey
21-13 overall / 12-9 Dual Matches / 4-5 Pac-10 Matches

With a .717 combined win percentage in singles and doubles (the team's best combined average), Nick Rainey has competed primarily at No. 4 singles and No. 1 doubles during the dual match season. Rainey posted a 9-4 record in the fall and won the Rolex Regional Consolation Singles Championship title in November with a 6-0, 6-1 win over UCLA's Travis Rettenmaier. In the spring, he recorded a 12-9 mark in dual matches including a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 upset win over Stanford's (No. 41) David Martin on April 7. Hampered by injuries, Rainey dropped his final three singles matches of the regular season. He and doubles partner Ryan Moore remain ranked among the top-10 and currently own a 20-3 overall record. The duo captured the SoCal Intercollegiate Doubles Championship in the fall with a victory over Chase Exon and Stefan Suter of Pepperdine. The team was tabbed ITA Doubles Team of the Month after posting a 7-0 record in March. Within that time they registered three top nine wins and extended their current win streak to 14 - the longest of their careers.

Damien Spizzo
16-7 overall / 16-5 Dual Matches / 5-4 Pac-10 Matches

Joining the team in January, Damien Spizzo has competed primarily at No. 3 and posted a team-best 16-5 record in dual match play. He recorded six consecutive match victories from Jan. 30 through March 6, not losing a single match in the month of February. Three of his five regular season losses have been to ranked opponents. In doubles, Spizzo played the majority of the dual matches with partner Andrew Park. The pair compiled an 11-8 overall record primarily at No. 2. Recently, Spizzo teamed with Nick Rainey for two wins against Cal and Oregon at No. 1.

Ruben Torres
13-7 overall / 13-5 Dual Matches / 3-4 Pac-10 Matches

After joining the team in January, Ruben Torres has compiled a 13-5 record in dual matches while playing at No. 5. He owns the team's longest win streak during the regular season after winning eight straight matches from Jan. 19 through Feb. 21. Torres missed two matches in early April due to a wrist injury, then returned to finish the season with two wins and a loss. In doubles, Torres played the majority of his dual matches with partner Parker Collins. The pair compiled a 13-5 overall record primarily at No. 3 and is currently riding a three-match win streak. Recently, he teamed with Ryan Moore for three matches, during which the pair upset Stanford's 6th-ranked Scott Lipsky and David Martin.

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