Rainey Falls To Defending Champion In NCAA Singles Quarterfinals

May 25, 2002

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Nick Rainey - one of three USC men's tennis seniors and last Trojan standing at the 2002 NCAA Division I Individual Championships - suffered a 7-5, 6-2 loss Saturday afternoon to defending champion Matias Boeker of Georgia in the quarterfinals at Texas A&M.

A 2002 singles and doubles All-American, Rainey completes his season with a 24-9 overall record. He advanced to the quarterfinals with upset wins over Todd Widom of Miami, Benjamin Becker of Baylor and John Chesworth of Furman to mark his first career appearance in the singles championship.

He and partner Ryan Moore advanced to the second round of the doubles tournament, but were eliminated on Friday, May 24. The USC men's tennis team captured its 16th national championship on Tuesday, May 21, by defeating Georgia, 4-1.

2002 NCAA Division I Championships
College Station, Texas

First Round (May 22)
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

Second Round (May 23)
Nick Rainey (USC) def. (8) Benjamin Becker (Baylor) - 6-2, 6-1

Round of 16 (May 24)
Nick Rainey (USC) def. Todd Widom (Miami) 6-3, 6-4

Quarterfinals (May 25)
Matias Boeker (Georgia) def. Nick Rainey (USC) - 7-5, 6-2

First Round (May 23)

Rainey/Moore (USC) def. Jonathan Chu/Oliver Choo (Harvard) - 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

Round of 16 (May 24)
Thomas Haug/Harsh Mankad (Minnesota) def. Rainey/Moore (USC) 6-3, 6-2

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