Trojans Host Oregon, Washington This Week
April 11, 2001
This Week -- No. 21 USC men's tennis (11-6, 1-4 Pac-10) hosts Oregon and Washington this week. The Trojans face the unranked Ducks (8-11, 0-4 Pac-10) on Friday, April 13, at 1:30 p.m., then host the 13th-ranked Huskies (17-5, 2-2 Pac-10) on Saturday, April 14, at noon. Both matches will be played at Marks Tennis Stadium.
Injury Report -- Ruben Torres sat out the last two matches with a sprained right wrist but has returned to practice. Andrew Park, who suffered a sprained ankle during the Stanford match, is questionable.
USC vs. Oregon, Washington -- USC has never lost a match to either Oregon or Washington. The Trojans own a 6-0 and 15-0 all-time record against the two teams, respectively. Last season, the Trojans swept the Ducks 7-0 and defeated the Huskies 4-3 on the road.
The Trojans' Last Outing -- USC dropped a 4-2 match to Cal on April 6. Shorthanded after losing Ruben Torres, the Trojans surrendered the doubles point with two quick losses at the second and third courts. In singles play, Parker Collins was the first off the court after falling to Robert Kowalczyk. The Trojans' first point came at No. 3 when Damien Spizzo defeated Adrian Barnes , but it was too late for a run. Cal clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-4 decision at No. 6.
USC fell to No. 6 Stanford 4-2 on April 7. Due to rain the match was delayed 21/2 hours, forcing the teams to eliminate doubles play. Singles play began with quick losses at five and three to give Stanford a 2-0 edge. Meanwhile, Andrew Park and Alex Kim had a close match at center court. Kim edged Park in the first set 7-5, but Park returned to take a 5-0 lead in the second before suffering a sprained ankle and retire the match for Stanford's third point. Nick Rainey then added USC's first point with a win at No. 4, and Damien Spizzo earned a win at No. 3. USC trailed 3-2 as Ryan Moore earned a 6-1 win in the first set then jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second, but K.J. Hippensteel returned to take the set 6-4. Hippensteel won the third set 7-5 for the match.
Moore, Rainey Receive ITA Honors -- Ryan Moore and Nick Rainey have been tabbed the ITA National Doubles Team of the Month. The Trojans' tandem went 7-0 in March and climbed 23 spots in the rankings. The duo registered three top nine wins in March, are 19-2 this season and own a 13-match win streak. Last season they reached the NCAA doubles final as sophomores.
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.
Coach Leach Among Top-10 Winningest Coaches -- In the April edition of Volleyball magazine, an article highlighted the top-10 winningest men's coaches currently in the NCAA. With an all-time record of 507-125 (.802) in 22 years, head coach Dick Leach ranks fourth. Here are the top three: (1) Al Scates, UCLA men's volleyball - 1001-162, .861, (2) Dick Gould, Stanford men's tennis - 691-128, .844, (3) Jerry Yeagley, Indiana men's soccer - 494-90-37, .825.