Men's Tennis Hosts Cal and Stanford on Friday, Saturday.
April 5, 2001
This Week -- The 20th-ranked USC men's tennis team enters the week with an 11-4 overall record and 1-2 mark in the Pac-10. The Trojans host No. 27 Cal (9-5, 1-1) on Friday, April 6, at 1:30 p.m, then welcome No. 6 Stanford (13-1, 2-0) on Saturday, April 7, at Noon. Both matches will be played at Marks Tennis Stadium and neither will count against conference records.
Moore, Rainey Receive ITA Honors -- Ryan Moore and Nick Rainey have been tabbed the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Doubles Team of the Month. The Trojans' tandem went 7-0 in March and climbed 23 spots in the rankings to their current spot at No. 11. The duo registered three top nine wins in March, are 19-2 this season and have a 13-match win streak. Last season they reached the NCAA doubles final as sophomores.
USC vs. Cal, Stanford -- The USC-Cal series first began in 1927 and currently stands at 116-25 in USC's favor. Last season, the Trojans defeated the Bears 5-2 in Berkeley and 6-1 at home. The battle remains much more even against the Cardinal. Stanford has an 88-64 edge over USC and won both meetings last year, 5-2 and 5-1.
The Trojans' Last Outing -- The top-ranked Bruins defeated USC 5-2 on March 30. In an old-fashioned duel among crosstown rivals, the Trojans struck first after taking two of three doubles matches to earn the first point. At No. 1, Nick Rainey and Ryan Moore came back from a break down to defeat Jean-Julien Rojer and Jean-Noel Grinda, 8-6. USC also won at No. 3 as Ruben Torres and Parker Collins downed the tandem of Erfan Djahangiri and Lassi Ketola, 8-5. The Bruins struck back, as UCLA won five of six single matches. The match was tied at two after Andrew Park upset Rojer at No. 1, 6-3, 6-3. That was as close as the Trojans would get as the Bruins' next point came at court three and was followed by a victory at No. 2.
USC News & Notes -- Nick Rainey and Ryan Moore have now won 13 consecutive doubles matches (a career best for the duo)... Andrew Park is leading the squad with the best overall record (27-4) and a .871 win percentage... Park began the season with a personal record of 13-straight match victories ... This year's squad features no seniors, four juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen.
Head Coach Dick Leach -- Dick Leach enters his 22nd season at the helm of the USC men's tennis program. In 21 years with the Trojans, he has amassed a 507-123 (.805) 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 18-9 (.667) overall mark, third place finish in the Pac-10 (5-2), and Round of 16 appearance at the NCAAs.
Coach Leach gets 500th career win -- On Tuesday, Feb. 6, head coach Dick Leach earned his 500th career victory when the Trojans swept San Diego 7-0.