Men's Tennis Pulls Off Stunning Upset At ITA Championships
Feb. 8, 2002
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The No. 12-ranked USC men's tennis team upset defending champ and No.3-ranked UCLA, 4-1, in the quarterfinals Friday at the U.S. Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Indoor Championships at the Louisville Tennis Club. The Trojans, along with Georgia, Illinois and Stanford, advance to the semifinals.
USC (6-1), which lost to UCLA 7-0 just last week, pulled out the victory after dropping the doubles point. The Trojans fell behind 1-0 after doubles, but got wins from senior Ryan Moore, freshman Prakash Amritraj, senior Nick Rainey and junior Daniel Langre at Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5 singles to secure the win. Moore earned the clinching victory by defeating the Bruins' 18th-ranked Jean-Julien Rojer, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
Tomorrow's semifinal match against Stanford, a 6-1 winner over Duke, will be USC's first semifinal appearance at this event since 1993. UCLA, the 2001 USTA/ITA champs, had won four of the last six titles at this event.
Top-ranked Georgia and No. 6 Illinois will face each other in the other semifinal. Georgia edged No. 10 Notre Dame 4-2 today to extend its win streak to 30 straight matches and make its first semifinal appearance since '98. Illinois topped No. 5 Mississippi 4-1 to reach the semifinals for the first time since '99 (when it reached the final).
The tournament is sponsored by the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) and administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and can be followed at www.itatennis.com
USTA/ITA National Men's
Team Indoor Championships
No. 12 USC 4, No. 3 UCLA 1
(1) #1 Matkowski/Rojer (UCLA) vs. Moore/Rainey (USC) - suspended
(2) #16 Clemens/Ketola (UCLA) def. #30 Langre/Spizzo (USC) - 9-7*
(3) Djahangiri/Grilli (UCLA) def. Park/Amritraj (USC) - 8-5
UCLA wins doubles point
(1) #19 Tobias Clemens (UCLA) vs. #22 Andrew Park (USC) - suspended
(2) Ryan Moore (USC) def. #18 Jean-Julien Rojer (UCLA) - 6-3, 3-6, 7-5*
(3) Prakash Amritraj (USC) def. #13 Marcin Matkowski (UCLA) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
(4) Nick Rainey (USC) def. Rodrigo Grilli (UCLA) - 6-3, 6-3
(5) Daniel Langre (USC) def. Erfan Djahangiri (UCLA) - 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0
(6) #89 Lassi Ketola (UCLA) vs. #86 Ruben Torres (USC) - suspended