No. 4 Men's Tennis Hosts BYU On Tuesday
Feb. 18, 2002
This Week -- The No. 4-ranked USC men's tennis team (6-2) will play its first matches this week since returning from the ITA Indoor Championships. The Trojans host No. 60 BYU on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium. At the end of the week USC travels to No. 43 Arizona on Friday, Feb. 22, for a 1:30 p.m. match, then to No. 42 Arizona State on Saturday, Feb. 23, to face the Sun Devils at Noon. Neither conference match will count against 2002 Pac-10 records.
USC vs. BYU, Arizona, Arizona State -- The USC-BYU series dates back to 1965. The Cougars have only won one match against the Trojans who boast a 26-1 all-time record. USC-Arizona is one of the oldest match-ups in Trojan history. Dating back to 1934, the Trojans have also only lost one match to the Wildcats, with a 78-1 all-time record. Against the Sun Devils, the all-time record stands at 43-6 in USC's favor.
At The ITA Team Championships -- Only a few days after falling to the third-ranked UCLA Bruins, 7-0, in Westwood (Feb. 1), USC displayed one of its best performances in recent years at the ITA Team Indoor Championships in Louisville, Ky. (Feb. 7-10). Their performance launched them from a No. 12 ranking to No. 4 in the latest ITA poll.
USC opened tournament play with a 4-1 victory over eighth-ranked SMU on Feb. 7. USC swept all three doubles matches and clinched the win with easy two-set matches at the No. 3, 4 and 5 positions.
Advancing to the quarterfinals, a Trojan-Bruin rematch was set up a rematch exactly seven days after their first meeting. This time USC walked away with the 4-1 upset win. After dropping the doubles point, USC came back to win four singles matches for the team victory. Unranked Ryan Moore and Prakash Amritraj both posted upset wins over UCLA's No. 18 Jean-Julien Rojer and No. 13 Marcin Matkowski.
USC's semifinal appearance marked its first since 1993. The Trojans were pitted against No. 2 Stanford and suffered a 4-2 loss despite a tough performance. The Trojans started by earning the doubles point with wins at courts 1 and 3. Nick Rainey and Moore upset Stanford's No. 3-ranked doubles team of David Martin and Scott Lipsky. The Cardinal came back to win the match with four wins in singles play but two of the four matches were pushed to a third set. Rainey earned the Trojans' second point with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 4 over No. 43 Ryan Haviland.
Get The Latest Info -- Updated team stats can always be found by logging on to www.usctrojans.com. They are located on the men's tennis page under 'Season Statistics.'
Head Coach Dick Leach -- Dick Leach enters his 23rd season at the helm of the USC men's tennis program. In 22 years with the Trojans, he has amassed a 513-129 (.799) 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 15-9 (.625) overall mark, fourth place finish in the Pac-10 (3-4), and his second-consecutive Round of 16 appearance at the NCAAs.