Trojans Ranked Eighth In ITA Preseason Poll

Jan. 13, 2005

LOS ANGELES - Led by seniors Johan Berg and Drew Hoskins, and sophomore Jamil Al-Agba, the USC men's tennis team has been picked eighth by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) in its preseason rankings released on Jan. 13.

At the top of the preseason rankings for 2004 is returning national champion Baylor, followed by UCLA, Florida, Georgia and Illinois. The Bears received all 30 first-place votes. Rounding out the top 10 is Mississippi, Stanford, USC, Duke and Virginia.

USC and UCLA are the only two Pac-10 teams listed among the top 20, with Washington ranked 21st, Arizona is 26th, California is ranked 28th, Arizona State is 31st, Oregon is 49th and Arizona is ranked No. 12.

Singles and doubles rankings were also released on Thursday. Al-Agba enters the season ranked 86th, Berg is listed at 97th and Hoskins begins 2005 ranked No. 116. Hoskins and redshirt freshman Adam Loucks are ranked No. 59 in doubles. Only players who competed during the fall were eligible for preseason rankings. USC did not have any doubles team ranked.

The Trojans begin the dual match season on Saturday, Jan. 22, against Cal Poly and San Diego State at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively. All home matches will be played at Marks Tennis Stadium.

ITA Rankings - Preseason
NCAA Division I Men's Team

1. Baylor
3. Florida
4. Georgia
5. Illinois
6. Mississippi
7. Stanford
8. USC
9. Duke
10. Vorginia
11. Ohio State
12. Louisiana State
13. Kentucky
14. Virginia Commonwealth
15. Texas A&M
16. Rice
17. TCU
18. North Carolina
19. Tulane
20. Vanderbilt
21. Washington
22. Arkansas
23. Auburn
24. Harvard
25. Tennessee

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