Men's Tennis Hosts Clemson, Minnesota This Week
March 18, 2002
This Week -- The No. 5-ranked USC men's tennis team (11-3, 0-1 Pac-10) hosts two nonconference opponents this week when it faces No. 55 Clemson on Tuesday, March 19, at 2 p.m. and No. 27 Minnesota on Thursday, March 21, at 1:30 p.m. Both matches will be played at Marks Tennis Stadium. The Trojans are coming off a 4-3 loss to UCLA on March 7 and a 7-0 victory over Utah on March 12.
ITA Ranking Updates -- The second update for individual rankings were released on March 6 and team rankings were updated on March 13. USC dropped a spot to No. 5 in the team rankings. The Trojans' Nick Rainey made the biggest jump in singles rankings, moving from No. 61 to No. 36. Andrew Park moved up eight spots to No. 52, Ryan Moore fell to No. 96 and Prakash Amritraj moved to No. 98. Moore and Rainey rank 19th in doubles.
USC vs. Clemson, Minnesota -- USC owns an 11-2 all-time record against Clemson. The two teams met last in 2000 when the Trojans defeated the Tigers, 5-2, on March 17 at Marks Tennis Stadium. Thursday's match will only be the fifth meeting between USC and Minnesota. The Trojans are 4-0 against the Golden Gophers, including a 4-3 win at home on March 24, 1999.
Last Week's Results -- USC easily cruised past the visiting Utah Utes in a 7-0 win on March 12 during spring break. USC earned the victory in straight sets, not allowing the Utes to win more than six games in any singles or doubles match. With new lineups at the No. 2 and 3 doubles spots, the Trojans clinched the first point with an 8-5 win at center court by usual pair 19th-ranked Ryan Moore and Nick Rainey. Singles was a clean sweep as Moore, Prakash Amritraj, Andrew Park and Ruben Torres all started by winning their first sets 6-1, then finished the match in the second.
News N' Notes -- Andrew Park currently has recorded the most singles victories (19) this season, but fellow senior Nick Rainey owns the team's best win percentage (12-2, .857)... In doubles, Rainey and Ryan Moore (8-5) and Park and Prakash Amritraj (8-4) are leading the way with eight wins apiece.
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 518-130 (.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.