No. 18 USC Hosts No. 36 San Diego On Thursday
Feb. 8, 2006
The Trojans (return home after a tough road trip to Northern California aiming to grab its fifth dual match win of the year. USC host No. 36 San Diego this week, facing the Toreros at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 9) at Marks Stadium.
ITA RANKING UPDATES:
USC (4-3) is in its second week at No. 18 in the ITA team rankings (released Feb. 7). San Diego moved up two spots this week to sit at No. 36. Jamil Al-Agba did not play during the fall, but was ranked No. 7 entering the fall season.
The Trojans got stuck with a pair of road losses last week in their first glimpse of Pac-10 opponents. USC dropped a tight dual match at No. 12 Stanford in a 4-3 decision on Feb. 3, and then fell 5-2 at No. 17 California on Feb. 4. USC's doubles teams of Jeff Kazarian / Kaes Van't Hof and Adam Loucks / Garrett Snyder managed wins in both matches to boast undefeated doubles dual-match records on the season. Kazarian/Van't Hof is 2-0 on the year, and Loucks/Snyder are 7-0.
USC VS. SAN DIEGO:
USC is 25-2 all-time against the Toreros. The teams last faced on Feb. 13, 2004, when the Trojans posted a 6-1 win at San Diego.
The 2006 USC squad, led by fourth-year coach Peter Smith, is highlighted by nine returning players from last year's team that reached the NCAA Second Round and finished the 2005 season with a No. 21 national ranking. This year, the Trojans boast four newcomers to the roster as USC works toward improving on last year's 12-13 overall record and 3-4 fifth-place finish in Pac-10 play.
HEAD COACH Peter Smith:
Peter Smith, the 2004 Pac-10 Coach of the Year whose teams have now made 12-straight NCAA appearances, enters his fourth 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 three years at USC. He boasts a 319-164 (.660) overall record, is 49-29 (.628) with the Trojans and has led his teams to 12 NCAA appearances, including last year's second-round run, and 10 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.