Trojans Head To Ojai For Championships
April 20, 2004
This Week -- The No. 4 USC men's tennis team -- recently crowned 2004 Pac-10 co-champions -- begins postseason play this week when it travels to Ojai, Calif., for the 2004 Pac-10 Individual Championships, April 22-25. Following a split in the Bay Area last week, including a win over No. 28 California and a loss to No. 11 Stanford, the Trojans completed the regular season with a 19-3 overall record and 6-1 Pac-10 mark to earn a share of the conference title.
Ojai Draws -- The Trojans are sending six players (and two doubles teams) to compete at the 2004 Pac-10 Singles and Doubles Championships in Ojai. Adriano Biasella, Johan Berg, Daniel Langre, Jamil Al-Agba and Ruben Torres were selected to compete in the main draw Pac-10 Tournament, while Parker Collins and Scott Patterson will be competing in the back draw Pac-10 Invitational. Biasella and Berg and Torres and Collins will play in the doubles tournament.
NCAA Championships -- Following the conference championship, the Trojans will await the NCAA Tournament selections. The 64-team field for both the men and women will be announced on Wednesday, May 5, on ESPN News. Both the women's and men's selections will take place between 4-5 p.m. NCAA Regional action will take place on May 14-16 on campus sites. The mens' championships will be held May 22-25 in Tulsa, Okla.
Best Since 1994 -- The last time USC headed into the postseason with only three losses was in 1994. That season, the Trojans were 16-3 at the end of the regular season and eventually captured the 1994 NCAA Championship with a 22-3 record.
Seven-Week Stay In Top 5 -- Ranked No. 4 this week, USC has now spent seven straight weeks in the top 5. This marks the longest stay for the Trojans in over 10 years.
ITA Ranking Updates -- The Trojans dropped to No. 4 in this week's ITA rankings. Four of USC's singles players are ranked, including No. 31 Adriano Biasella, No. 73 Johan Berg, No. 79 Jamil Al-Agba and No. 107 Ruben Torres. In doubles, Daniel Langre and Drew Hoskins are ranked No. 17, and Biasella and Berg entered the rankings at No. 52.
One of the Nation's Toughest Conferences -- Once again, the Pacific-10 conference proved to be one of the toughest tennis conferences in the country. All eight Pac-10 universities which sponsor men's tennis were ranked among the top-52 - five of which have consistently remained in the top-25. The Pac-10 men hold down 21 spots in the Top-125 men's singles list and occupy 11 spots among the Top-60 doubles teams.
Trojans Garner Pac-10 Title -- With a 6-1 conference record, the Trojans garnered their first Pac-10 title since 1994. It marks USC's 14th conference championship overall. USC and UCLA split the title with 6-1 records.
School Conf. Overall Rank USC 6-1 19-3 No. 4 UCLA 6-1 18-5 No. 3 Stanford 5-2 16-7 No. 9 Washington 4-3 14-8 No. 19 Arizona 3-4 14-8 No. 24 California 2-5 7-16 No. 31 Oregon 1-6 9-10 No. 52 Arizona State 1-6 9-12 No. 34
At The 2003 Pac-10 Championships -- The 2003 Pac-10 Tournament was highlighted by the play of Daniel Langre and Parker Collins, who captured the Pac-10 Doubles Tournament Championship. Unranked and unseeded heading into the tournament, Langre and Collins stunned each of their opponents with outstanding play. The pair claimed the title with an 8-3 victory over Stanford's K.C. Corkery and James Pade, becoming the first USC doubles champions since 1995. Following are the complete results from last year's championship:
Key Notes -- USC is 11-3 this season against top 25 teams. *** Jamil Al-Agba finished the conference season with a team-best 10-2 record against Pac-10 opponents. *** USC has utilized 20 different doubles pairings this season (17 in dual matches), but 17th-ranked Daniel Langre and Drew Hoskins boast a team-best 13-5 record and have remained the most consistent.
Get The Latest Info -- Updated team stats can always be found by logging on to www.usctrojans.com. They are located on the men's tennis page under 'Season Statistics.'
Head Coach Peter Smith -- Peter Smith, who guided the Pepperdine men's tennis team to conference titles and NCAA tournament appearances in each of his five years there, begins his second 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), four years at Long Beach State (1988-1991) and a year at USC. He boasts a 310-151 (.672) overall record and has led his teams to 10 NCAA appearances and eight top 25 finishes. He has been honored as conference coach of the year a total of six times and was the 2002 ITA Region VIII Coach of the Year.
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