Trojans Tackle TCU In NCAA Round of 16.
May 15, 2001
This Week -- The 24th-ranked USC men's tennis team (15-8 overall, 3-4 Pac-10) received its 24th all-time bid to the 2001 NCAA Championships and will be making its seventh appearance in the Round of 16 in the last decade. The Trojans will face fourth-ranked Texas Christian University on Saturday, May 19, at 8 a.m. EST in Athens, Ga. Traveling to top-seed Ole Miss, the Trojans defeated 40th-ranked Virginia 4-0 in the first round on May 12, then earned a 4-3 win over No. 9 Ole Miss on May 13 in the second round for the right to advance.
Juniors Ryan Moore and Andrew Park were each selected to compete in the NCAA Individual Singles Championship. Moore and Nick Rainey, who advanced to the 2000 Doubles Championship Final, will make their second-consecutive appearance in this season's NCAA Doubles Tournament.
2001 NCAA Championship Schedule
Saturday, May 19, 8 a.m. EST
USC vs. TCU
Saturday, May 19, 8 a.m. EST
LSU vs. Texas A&M
Sunday, May 20, 11 a.m. EST
USC/TCU vs. LSU/Texas A&M
Monday, May 21, 12/4 p.m. EST
Tuesday, May 22, 4 p.m. EST
2001 NCAA Championships -- The NCAA selected 64 teams to participate in the 2001 NCAA Tennis Championships. First and second round matches were played at 16 host sites May 11-13, and the winner of each site advanced to the Round of 16 at the finals. The championships are held in Athens, Ga., May 19-28. Individual championships will consist of 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams, and will take place following the team championships.
NCAA First Round
USC def. Virginia, 4-0: USC's Ryan Moore and Nick Rainey upset Virginia's top-ranked Brian Vahaly and Huntley Montgomery 8-5 to clinch the doubles point and lead USC to a 4-0 victory over the Cavaliers in the first round of the NCAAs on May 12 at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center. The match began with a win by Virginia at No. 2 doubles, followed by a USC victory at No. 3, leaving the first point to be decided at center court. Moore and Rainey's win gave USC a 1-0 lead. The Trojans won the first set in all five singles contests. Ruben Torres dominated UVA's Brian Hunter 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5 singles, then Rainey defeated Mike Duquette 6-4, 6-1 at No. 4 to make it a 3-0 Trojan lead. With a 6-3, 6-3 win over Tommy Croker on court three, Damien Spizzo earned the deciding point.
NCAA Second Round
USC def. Mississippi, 4-3: USC upset ninth-ranked Ole Miss with a 4-3 comeback effort in singles to win the NCAA Second Round on May 13. Mississippi took a 1-0 lead by claiming the doubles point to start the match. In singles, Alex Hartman took the first match with a 6-0, 6-3 win over USC's Andrew Park at center court, but was followed by a 6-3, 6-2 Trojan victory at No. 6 as Parker Collins downed Rebel Chucri. The Rebels then took a two-point lead when James Shortall earned a 6-2, 6-2 win over Ryan Moore at No. 2. The lead was short lived as Nick Rainey defeated Rebel Selin 6-2, 7-5 at the fourth court and Damien Spizzo gave the Rebels' Kristofer Stahlberg just his third dual match loss of the season, 6-4, 6-2, at court three. The teams were tied at three apiece as court five entered its second set. USC's Ruben Torres won the first set against Paul Ciorascu, but Ciorascu battled back to a 5-5 tie. Torres broke to go ahead 6-5 and Ciorascu broke back to force a tiebreaker. After being down 4-1 in the tiebreak, Ciorascu reclaimed a 6-5 lead, but Torres would win the next two points to clinch the match and the 4-3 win for USC.
TCU: The fourth-ranked Horned Frogs advance to the Round of 16 after defeating Texas-Arlington, 4-0, and Tulane, 4-2, in the first and second rounds of the NCAAs. With the wins, TCU (seeded fifth in the tourney) improves to 22-3 this year, equaling the number of wins the team captured last season. The Frogs have only dropped three matches this season to SMU, Texas A&M and UCLA, and have been ranked as high as No. 2 (March 21-April 11). The team is led by senior Esteban Carril (Gijon, Spain) who has recorded a 25-8 record at the No. 1 singles position. In doubles, Trace Fielding (Chicago, Ill.) and Jimmy Haney (Lawrence, Kan.) boast a 13-10 record at the top spot.
USC vs. TCU: The Trojans are 5-1 all-time against the Horned Frogs. USC defeated TCU 5-2 in the last meeting which took place on Jan. 23, 1997, in a regular season dual match in Los Angeles. TCU's lone win against the Trojans was 4-3 victory at the 1996 USTA/ITA Indoor Championships.
14-18 Overall / 10-12 Dual Matches / 2-7 Pac-10 Matches / 17-12 Doubles
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. Collins lost in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament in both singles and doubles with Torres. In the first two rounds of the NCAAs, Collins defeated Mississippi's Patrick Chucri, 6-3, 6-2, in singles and split a win and a loss in doubles.
21-11 overall / 14-7 Dual Matches / 4-4 Pac-10 Matches / 3-4 Doubles
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 completed the regular season on 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. Playing his best tennis as the regular season came to an end, Moore went on to win the Pac-10 Tournament Singles Championship with five victories, including upsets over Hippensteel, Alex Kim of Stanford and Jean-Noel Grinda of UCLA. He won nine consecutive matches heading into the NCAAs. In the first two rounds of the tournament, he and Rainey upset No. 1-ranked Brian Vahaly and Huntley Montgomery of Virginia, 8-5, in doubles. Moore broke his own singles win streak with a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Mississippi's James Shorthall.
28-9 overall / 14-9 Dual Matches / 6-2 Pac-10 Matches / 11-13 Doubles
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. Park did not compete at the Pac-10 Tournament/Invitational in order to rest his ankle. He was unsuccessful in the first two rounds of the NCAAs with a 6-0, 6-3 loss Mississippi's Alex Hartman in singles, and two losses in doubles.
23-13 overall / 14-9 Dual Matches / 4-5 Pac-10 Matches / 23-4 Doubles
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. Rainey did not compete at the Pac-10 Tournament/Invitational in order to recover from injuries. Rainey had an outstanding first two rounds of the NCAA Team Tournament, earning two wins in singles against Mississippi and Virginia, and upsetting Virginia's No. 1-ranked Brian Vahaly and Huntley Montgomery, 8-5, in doubles with Moore.
18-8 overall / 18-5 Dual Matches / 5-4 Pac-10 Matches / 13-11 Doubles
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. Spizzo dropped his first round singles match of the Pac-10 Tournament. Spizzo played two excellent singles matches in the first two rounds of the NCAAs with wins over Virginia's Tommy Croker, 6-3, 6-3, to clinch USC's victory, and Mississippi's Kristofer Stahlberg, 6-4, 6-2. He and Park dropped both doubles matches.
16-8 overall / 15-5 Dual Matches / 3-4 Pac-10 Matches / 16-8 Doubles
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 sixth-ranked Scott Lipsky and David Martin. Torres won his first round match over Matt Hanlin of Washington in the Pac-10 Singles Tournament, but fell in the second to K.J. Hippensteel of Stanford. Collins and Torres fell in the first round of the Pac-10 Doubles Tournament. By clinching a 7-5, 7-6 (8) victory over Mississippi's Paul Ciorascu, Torres allowed USC to advance to the Round of 16. He also defeated Virginia's Brian Hunter, 6-1, 6-1, in the first round and split a win and a loss in doubles.