Tennis Travels To Bay Area For Final Regular Season Matches

April 18, 2001

This Week -- The No. 18 USC men's tennis team (13-6, 3-4 Pac-10) returns home this week for the final matches of the regular season. The Trojans face No. 5 Stanford (19-1, 7-0 Pac-10) on Friday (April 20) at 1:30 p.m. in Stanford, Calif. USC then travels to No. 21 Cal (13-7, 4-3 Pac-10) on Saturday (April 21) for a noon match in Berkeley.

ITA Rankings -- The Trojans are back up to 18th this week in the ITA poll. In singles, Andrew Park is 14th, Nick Rainey ranks 99th and Rainey and Ryan Moore rank 9th in doubles.

The Trojans' Last Outing -- Despite being shorthanded, USC earned a 6-1 victory over unranked Oregon on Friday (April 13). Playing without Andrew Park (ankle sprain), USC mixed up its usual doubles pairs and still managed to sweep all three matches and claim the first point. In singles play, Damien Spizzo was the first off the court with a 6-3, 6-0 decision over Pawlowski at No. 2. He was followed by Ryan Moore, Ruben Torres and Nick Rainey who each finished with two set victories to clinch the match victory for the Trojans.

USC vs. Stanford, Cal -- The USC-Cal series first began in 1927 and currently stands at 116-26 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 89-64 edge over USC and won both meetings last year, 5-2 and 5-1.

The Last Time vs. Stanford, Cal -- 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 No. 2 and 3 courts. In singles play, 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 retired 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.

USC News & Notes -- Nick Rainey and Ryan Moore have now won 14 consecutive doubles matches (a career best for the duo)... Andrew Park is leading the squad with the best overall record (28-6) and a .824 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 509-125 (.803) 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.

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