16th-Ranked USC Men's Tennis Heads To Ojai To Compete In The Pac-10 Championships

April 20, 2005

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This Week -- The 16th-ranked USC men's tennis team (11-12, 3-4) head to Ojai, Calif., to compete in the 2005 Pac-10 Championships, which begin Thursday, April 21, and end Sunday, April 24, running all day. The Trojans look to have a strong showing, led by 12th-ranked Jamil Al-Agba, who reached the Round of 16 in last year's conference tournament.

The 2005 squad, led by third-year head coach Peter Smith, featured seven returners and five newcomers. The Trojans came 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 a loss to the crosstown rival Bruins, 5-2, on April 15 in Westwood, Calif.

ITA Ranking Updates -- The Trojans move up three spots to No. 16 this week in the most recent ITA poll released on April 19. In singles, sophomore Jamil Al-Agba remains in the top-15, coming in at No. 12, and senior Drew Hoskins appears at No. 64. The doubles duo of Hoskins and Adam Loucks makes its first appearance in the rankings at No. 45.

USC In The 2004 PAC-10 Championships-- The Trojans feature two players with conference tournament experience. Jamil Al-Agba reached the Round of 16 in 2004 before falling to Alex Vlaski of Washington, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(2). Johan Berg also comes in with conference experience, having faced Chris Lam of UCLA in a 6-2, 6-1 first round loss.

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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