Men's Tennis Hosts Stanford, Cal This Week At Marks Stadium
April 1, 2002
This Week -- The No. 18-ranked USC men's tennis team (14-4, 2-1 Pac-10) hosts No. 5 Stanford and No. 20 California this week at Marks Tennis Stadium on Friday, April 5, at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 6, at Noon, respectively. Neither match will count against Pac-10 records. USC is coming off a 6-1 victory over No. 32 Arizona State and a 5-2 win over No. 63 Arizona last week.
ITA Ranking Updates (Next Ranking 4/3/02)-- This season's first release of computer rankings was issued on March 20 (the previous rankings were voted on by ITA members) and the Trojans dropped to No. 17 in the team rankings. Since then, the Trojans moved to No. 18 on March 27. USC's Nick Rainey made another jump in the singles rankings, moving from No. 36 to No. 27. Andrew Park dropped to No. 62, Ryan Moore moved up to No. 76 and Prakash Amritraj fell to No. 117. Moore and Rainey rank 13th in doubles.
USC vs. Stanford, Cal -- USC and Stanford have met a total of 154 times since the series began in 1925. The Trojans own an 88-66 edge against the Cardinal, but have not defeated Stanford since the 1996 season. Saturday's match will be the 144th meeting between USC and Cal. The Trojans are 116-27 against the Golden Bears, but dropped both matches last season.
Last Week's Results -- USC defeated No. 32 Arizona State, 6-1, on Friday, March 29.The Trojans started the match with doubles victories at courts one and two to earn the doubles point. With a 1-0 lead, USC was quick to post the next four points with two-set wins at positions 5, 1, 3 and 2, respectively. Playing at No. 3, Prakash Amritraj clinched the USC win with his 6-4, 6-4, decision over Arizona State's Clinton Letcher.
The following day, the Trojans took care of No. 63 Arizona, 5-2. USC won all three doubles matches to start the afternoon, each by identical 8-6 scores. With a 1-0 lead heading into singles, the Trojans then clinched the victory with straight-set wins at No. 4, 5 and 6. It was freshman Teige Sullivan who gave USC a 4-0 lead with a 6-3, 7-5 win at court six over Arizona's Arnaud Agniel.
News N' Notes -- Freshman Teige Sullivan earned his first collegiate singles victory with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Arizona's Arnaud Agniel on March 30 *** Freshman Prakash Amritraj recorded the team's biggest upset of the season by defeating Minnesota's No. 1-ranked Harsh Mankad on March 21 *** Andrew Park currently has recorded the most singles victories (22) this season, but fellow senior Nick Rainey owns the team's best win percentage (13-5, .722) *** Park had won seven consecutive matches before falling to Arizona's No. 41 Steven Capriati last week (March 30) *** In doubles, Rainey and Ryan Moore lead with an 11-5 record and .688 win percentage *** Rainey and Moore have won their last six straight and are 3-0 in the Pac-10.
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 524-132 (.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.