Men's Tennis Travels To Oregon, Washington
April 8, 2002
This Week -- The No. 19-ranked USC men's tennis team (16-4, 2-1 Pac-10) travels to the Pacific Northwest this week to face Oregon on Friday, April 12, at 1:30 p.m. and No. 31 Washington on Saturday, April 13, at noon. Both matches will count against Pac-10 records. USC is coming off a 6-1 victory over No. 6 Stanford and a 4-3 win over No. 22 Cal last week.
Losing Streak No Longer -- USC's 6-1 win over Stanford was no only an upset and the Cardinal's worst defeat in recent years, but it marked the first time the Trojans have beat Stanford since 1996, breaking a 12-match losing streak. It is also the first time USC has swept the Bay Area schools since then.
Stunning Upset -- USC's No. 3 doubles pair Teige Sullivan and Ruben Torres set the tone for the Trojans en route to the victory over Stanford on Saturday. The unranked pair, made up of a freshman and the Trojans' No. 6 singles player, pulled off a stunning upset over Stanford's 14th-ranked K.J. Hippensteel and Ryan Haviland, 9-8 (7-3 in the tiebreaker). The win clinched the doubles point for USC.
ITA Ranking Updates (Next Ranking 4/10/02) -- The computer rankings have not done much to readjust themselves as USC dropped one spot on April 3 to No. 19, despite having earned two wins the week prior. After three losses, USC's Nick Rainey fell to No. 54, while Andrew Park jumped to No.33. Prakash Amritraj also moved up to No. 71 and Ryan Moore fell to No. 110. Moore and Rainey rank seventh in doubles. Updated rankings will be released Wednesday and the Trojans' rankings should make some significant changes.
USC vs. Oregon, Washington -- The Trojans have a lot at stake this week since they have never lost a match to either Oregon or Washington. USC owns a 7-0 all-time record against Oregon and a 16-0 mark against Washington.
Last Week's Results -- USC recorded one of its biggest upsets of the year with a 6-1 win over No. 6 Stanford on April 5. The afternoon began with three heated battles in doubles play. Prakash Amritraj and Andrew Park were the first to earn a win by defeating Stanford's Sam Warburg and Phil Sheng, 8-6, at No. 3. At No. 2, unranked Teige Sullivan and Ruben Torres upset No. 14 K.J. Hippensteel and Ryan Haviland, 9-8 (7-3), to capture the doubles point for the Trojans. Ahead 1-0, USC was dominant in singles play. Daniel Langre put the Trojans ahead by two with a quick 6-3, 6-3 win over Warburg. After giving up a point to the Cardinal at the No. 2 spot, USC rattled off the next two points in straight sets as Amritraj defeated Scott Lipsky, 7-6, 6-2, at No. 2, and Park clinched the match with a 6-4, 7-6 upset win over Stanford's No. 4 Hippensteel at center court.
The following day, USC completed the sweep with a 4-3 win over No. 22 California. The Trojans' No. 1 doubles Ryan Moore and Nick Rainey, fresh off a loss to the Cardinal, held the Bears' Ben Miles and Balazs Veress scoreless in a 8-0 win to start the match. Cal returned with wins at the No. 2 and 3 positions to earn the doubles point. Moore started singles play with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Veress at No. 2 to even the score, but a win by Cal's Robert Kowalczyk and Conor Niland put the Bears back in the lead, 3-1. It was a must-win situation for Andrew Park, Ruben Torres and Rainey, playing at courts 1, 6 and 4, respectively. Torres defeated the Bears' Mik Ledvonova, 6-4, 6-3, followed by Park who upset 22nd-ranked John Paul Fruttero, 7-5, 6-4, to tie the score. Rainey clinched the victory with a three-set win over Wayne Wong, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
News N' Notes -- 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 (24) this season, but fellow senior Nick Rainey owns the team's best win percentage (15-5, .750) *** In doubles, Rainey and Ryan Moore lead with an 12-6 record and .667 win percentage *** Rainey and Moore have won their last seven of eight 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 526-132 (.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.