Rainey Advances To Second Round of NCAA Singles Championship

May 22, 2002

College Station, Texas - One day after capturing the 2002 NCAA Team Championship, USC men's tennis senior Nick Rainey is still recording victories. With a 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 win against John Chesworth of Furman University, Rainey advances to the second round of the singles individual championships.

Rainey will face eighth-seeded Benjamin Becker of Baylor in the second round to be played on Thursday, May 23, at 11 a.m. CST at the Texas A&M Tennis Stadium. This is Rainey's first-ever appearance in the singles championships.

Teammate and fellow senior Andrew Park, playing in his second-consecutive NCAA individual tournament, suffered a first-round loss to Xavier Luscan of Florida State, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, on Wednesday. Park completes his season with a 26-16 overall singles record.

Doubles competition will also begin on Thursday. USC's 5-8 seed Rainey and Ryan Moore will face Oliver Choo and Jonathan Chu of Harvard in the first round.

NCAA Singles Championship
Wednesday, May 22
First Round

Nick Rainey (USC) def. John Chesworth (Furman) - 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
Xavier Luscan (Florida State) def. Andrew Park (USC) - 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Thursday, May 23
Second Round

Nick Rainey (USC) vs. Benjamin Becker (Baylor) - 11 a.m. CST

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