USC Men's Tennis Travels To Chicago For The USTA/ITA Team Indoor Championships

Feb. 15, 2005

This Week -- After a week off, including the postponement of the UCLA match due to rain, the 12th-ranked USC men's tennis team (3-2) travels to Chicago, Ill., to take part in the USTA/ITA Team Indoor Championships. The Trojans open play on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 9 a.m. against No. 6 Mississippi (3-0). The four-day, 16-team event runs through Feb. 20 and features 15 teams ranked in the nation's top 25, including 9 of the top 10.

The 2005 squad, led by third-year head coach Peter Smith, features seven returners and five newcomers. The Trojans are coming off a successful 2004 campaign in which they advanced to the NCAA Semifinals, compiled a 23-4 overall record, earned a share of the Pac-10 title (the program's 14th) with a 6-1 conference mark and completed the year ranked fourth in the ITA.

Recent Results -- The Trojans last took the court Feb. 5, losing at Texas A&M, 4-3. Troy's home match against crosstown rival No. 2 UCLA, orginally scheduled for Feb. 11, was postponed due to rain and was rescheduled for March 1.

ITA Ranking Updates -- The Trojans remain at No.12 in the most recent ITA poll released on Feb. 15. In singles, sophomore Jamil Al-Agba remains at No. 89, senior Johan Berg is ranked 97th and senior Drew Hoskins is No. 116. In doubles, the pair of Hoskins and freshman Adam Loucks is ranked 59th.

USC vs. Mississippi --- USC and Mississippi have met 3 times in series history. Troy leads the series, 2-1. The last time the two teams met was in 2001, during the NCAA Regionals, where the Trojans defeated the Rebels, 4-3.

Senior taking charge -- USC senior Drew Hoskins (5-0 in singles) is leading the way this season. Hoskins has not lost a match in the team lineup, playing at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. Most recently, he went 2-0, upsetting 11th-ranked Lars Poerschke of Baylor, 3-6, 7-6, 10-7, and also beating Texas A&M's Ante Matijevic, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2.

Head Coach Peter Smith -- Peter Smith, the 2004 Pac-10 Coach of the Year whose teams have now made 11 straight NCAA appearances, enters his third season as head coach of the Trojan 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 two years at USC. He boasts a 307-151 (.670) overall record and has led his teams to 11 NCAA appearances, including last year's semifinal run, and nine top 25 finishes. He has been honored as conference coach of the year a total of seven times and was the 2002 ITA Region VIII Coach of the Year.

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