Trojans Host Pepperdine On Friday, Face Princeton On Sunday

March 11, 2003

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This Week -- The No. 18 USC men's tennis team (7-5, 0-1 Pac-10) hosts two nonconference matches this week. The Trojans welcome No. 28 Pepperdine (8-7) on Friday, March 14, at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium. On Sunday, March 16, USC will face Princeton (9-3) at 11 a.m. at Indian Wells Tennis Resort in Palm Springs, Calif.

ITA Ranking Updates -- The Trojans remain at 18th in the latest ITA polls released on March 5. In the individual singles rankings, Prakash Amritraj entered the charts at No. 36 and Johan Berg is ranked No. 59. Amritraj and Daniel Langre are ranked No. 12 in doubles. Singles and doubles ranking will be updated on March 19.

USC vs. Pepperdine -- Friday's match will mark the 50th all-time meeting between the Trojans and Waves. USC is 36-13 against Pepperdine after falling 5-2 in an earlier meeting this season in Malibu. COMMON CONNECTION... USC head coach Peter Smith spent five years coaching at Pepperdine before taking the position at Troy last May.

USC vs. Princeton -- Sunday's match will mark the seventh all-time meeting between the Trojans and Tigers. USC is a perfect 6-0 against Princeton, including a 7-0 victory in the most recent match-up in 2001. COMMON CONNECTION... Princeton head coach Glenn Michibata was a two-year assistant coach for the USC men's tennis team (1999, 2000) and also served as an assistant for the women's tennis team in 1998.

Get The Latest Info -- Updated team stats can always be found by logging on to They are located on the men's tennis page under 'Season Statistics.'

Head Coach Peter Smith Enters First Season -- Peter Smith, who guided the Pepperdine men's tennis team to conference titles and NCAA tournament appearances in each of his five years there, is in his first year at the helm of the USC men's tennis program. Smith's collegiate coaching career includes five years (1998-2002) at Pepperdine, six years at Fresno State (1992-1997) and four years at Long Beach State (1988-1991). He boasts a 277-140 (.664) overall record and has led his teams to nine NCAA appearances and seven top 20 finishes. Last season he earned his sixth conference Coach of the Year honor (WCC) and was named the ITA Region VIII Coach of the Year.

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