Trojans Rank 8th, 20th in Final Poll; Receive Four All-American Honors
June 1, 2001
LOS ANGELES - The final rankings for the 2001 season were announced today by the ITA. After strong performances at the NCAA Championships, both USC tennis teams moved up in the final rankings. The women earned the No. 8 spot, while the men moved to No. 20.
The Women of Troy posted a 20-8 record in dual matches (6-2 Pac-10) this season, including three victories in the NCAA Tournament. USC reached the quarterfinals for the third-consecutive season under sixth-year head coach Richard Gallien. The team defeated Maryland-Baltimore County, South Alabama and Northwestern, before losing to Georgia.
Among the women's individual rankings, sophomore Jewel Peterson finished the season ranked 22nd, sophomore Maureen Diaz finished 72nd and Peterson and sophomore Tiffany Brymer ranked 14th in doubles.
The men's team reached the NCAA Round of 16, defeating Virginia and Mississippi before falling to TCU in the team championships. The Trojans finished their season with a 15-9 overall record and 3-4 (t4th) mark in the Pac-10.
The ITA also announced its 2001 All-American selections. Peterson, Moore and Rainey each earned their second-straight All-American honor, while Park received his first. All qualified by reaching the following criteria: being a top 16 seed in the NCAA Singles Championships or a top eight seed in the Doubles Championship, reaching the Round of 16 of the NCAA Singles Championships or reaching the Quarterfinals of the Doubles Championship, or finishing in the top 20 singles or top 10 doubles of the final WingspanBank.com Collegiate Tennis Rankings.
Both the women and the men return all six starters next season.
Final 2001 Team Rankings for Division I Women
7. Arizona State
10. Notre Dame
14. Fresno State
15. Wake Forest
16. Oklahoma State
17. North Carolina
19. Texas A&M
2001 Final Team Rankings for Division I Men
5. Texas Christian
6. Southern Methodist
7. Texas A&M
9. South Alabama
13. Louisiana State
14. Mississippi State
16. Notre Dame