Men's Tennis Falls Short In 4-2 Loss To TCU

May 19, 2001

ATHENS, Ga. -- Despite an excellent start in doubles, the No. 24 USC men's tennis team surrenderd four singles matches for a 4-2 loss to fourth-ranked TCU in the NCAA Round of 16 on Saturday morning. With the loss, the Trojans complete their season at 15-9, while the 23-3 Horned Frogs advance to the Quarterfinals.

The top of USC's lineup held an edge over TCU from the start. In doubles, No. 11 Ryan Moore and Nick Rainey captured the first win with an 8-3 decision over the Frogs' Trace Fielding and Jimmy Haney. Despite a loss on court three, the Trojans' Andrew Park and Damien Spizzo fought to capture a 9-7 win at No. 2 to earn the doubles point and a 1-0 USC lead.

TCU began singles play by dominating at the bottom of the lineup and captured three quick victories at courts six, five and four to gain a 3-1 advantage. 16th-ranked Park attempted to stop the Frogs' momentum by posting an upset-victory over No. 10 Esteban Carril, 7-5, 6-1, 6-1, at center court.

A USC win was just a tiebreaker away as Moore held a 5-4 advantage in the third set over Fielding at No. 2, and court three was locked at six apiece. But it was TCU's Scott Eddins who would come away with the win in a 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3) third set tiebreaker over Spizzo at No. 3 which clinched the Horned Frogs 4-2 match victory.

USC's team tournament run is complete, but the Trojans' Andrew Park (singles), Ryan Moore (singles and doubles) and Nick Rainey (doubles) will now await the start of the NCAA Individual Singles and Doubles Championships, May 23-28.

(1) Moore/Rainey (USC) def. Fielding/Haney (TCU) - 8-3
(2) Park/Spizzo (USC) def. Carril/Gordon (TCU) - 9-7
(3) Eddins/Koula (TCU) def. Collins/Torres (USC) - 8-5
USC wins doubles point.

(1) Andrew Park (USC) def. Esteban Carril (TCU) - 7-5, 1-6, 6-1
(2) Ryan Moore (USC) vs. Trace Fielding(TCU) - 7-6 (3), 2-6, 5-4, Incomplete
(3) Scott Eddins (TCU) def. Damien Spizzo (USC) - 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3)
(4) Toni Gordon (TCU) def. Nick Rainey (USC) - 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
(5) Daniel Wajnberg (TCU) def. Ruben Torres (USC) - 6-3, 6-4
(6) Jimmy Haney (TCU) def. Parker Collins (USC) - 6-4, 6-4

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