USC Men's Tennis Hosts California And Stanford This Weekend

Feb. 23, 2005

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THIS WEEK -- After taking part in the USTA/ITA Team Indoor Championships in Chicago, Ill., the 11th-ranked USC men's tennis team (4-4) comes home to Los Angeles to host the two Pac-10 foes from the Bay Area in non-conference play. Troy will face No. 30 California on Friday, Feb. 25, at 1:30 p.m. and No. 18 Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. Both matches will be held at Marks Tennis Stadium.

The 2005 squad, led by third-year head coach Peter Smith, features seven returners and five newcomers. The Trojans are coming off a successful 2004 campaign in which they advanced to the NCAA Semifinals, compiled a 23-4 overall record, earned a share of the Pac-10 title (the program's 14th) with a 6-1 conference mark and completed the year ranked fourth in the ITA.

RECENT RESULTS -- The Trojans are coming off three matches in the USTA/ITA Team Indoor Championships in Chicago, Ill., where they dropped the first two matches but bounced back to win their final match. The Trojans opened up against No. 6 Mississippi, where they lost, 4-0, on Thursday, Feb. 17. They next took on No. 31 Harvard, where they nearly rallied but lost, 4-2, on Friday, Feb. 18. USC closed out the trip with an upset against No. 7 Stanford, 4-3, on Saturday, Feb. 19.

ITA RANKING UPDATES -- The Trojans moved up one spot to No.11 in the most recent ITA poll released on Feb. 22. In singles, sophomore Jamil Al-Agba improved his ranking to No. 50 and senior Drew Hoskins jumped up 65 spots to No. 51.

USC VS. CALIFORNIA -- USC and California have met 150 times in series history. Troy leads the series, 120-30. Last season, the Trojans swept the Golden Bears, 7-0 in Los Angeles, 5-2 at Berkeley and, 4-1, in the second round of NCAA Regionals in Los Angeles.

USC VS. STANFORD -- USC and Stanford wil be meeting for the 163rd time in series history. The Trojans have a 92-70 advantage in the series. Last season, Troy took two of the three matches against the Cardinal, winning, 4-3, in Los Angeles, falling, 5-2, in Palo Alto and advancing, 4-0, over Stanford in the NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Okla.

HEAD COACH Peter Smith -- Peter Smith, the 2004 Pac-10 Coach of the Year whose teams have now made 11 straight NCAA appearances, enters his third season as head coach of the Trojan men's tennis program. Smith's collegiate coaching career includes five years (1998-2002) at Pepperdine, six years at Fresno State (1992-1997), four years at Long Beach State (1988-1991) and two years at USC. He boasts a 307-151 (.670) overall record and has led his teams to 11 NCAA appearances, including last year's semifinal run, and nine top 25 finishes. He has been honored as conference coach of the year a total of seven times and was the 2002 ITA Region VIII Coach of the Year.

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