Ninth-Ranked USC Men's Tennis Hosts No. 17 Texas A&M Before Continuing Pac-10 Play Against Oregon And Washington

March 28, 2005

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This Week -- Coming off an impressive week, the ninth-ranked USC men's tennis team (9-8) hosts No. 17 Texas A&M (7-4) on Tuesday, March 29, at 12:30 p.m. This weekend, the Trojans continue Pac-10 play against No. 73 Oregon (7-11, 0-2) on Friday, April 1, at 1:30 p.m. and No. 19 Washington (14-3, 2-0) on Saturday, April 2, at 1:30 p.m. These will be the last regular season matchups at Marks Stadium.

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 battled second-ranked Illinois but came up a bit short in a 4-3 loss on Wednesday, March 23. USC bounced back over the weekend to beat both Arizona schools by a score of 6-1-- Arizona on Friday, March 25, and Arizona State on Saturday, March 26. All three matches were held at Marks Stadium.

ITA Ranking Updates -- The Trojans remain at the No. 9 position from the most recent ITA poll released on March 22. In singles, sophomore Jamil Al-Agba comes in at No. 28 and senior Drew Hoskins is at No. 62. Johan Berg and Jamil Al-Agba appear at No. 36 in the doubles rankings.

USC vs. Texas A&M -- USC and Texas A&M have met 3 times in series history. The series stands at 2-1 in USC's favor, including a tough 4-3 loss in College Station, Tex., earlier this season.

USC vs. Oregon-- Friday's match between USC and Oregon will mark the 11th meeting between the two schools. USC leads the series, 10-0, dating back to 1972. The two last met last year in Eugene, Ore. where Troy came away with a 5-2 victory.

USC vs. Washington -- USC and Washington have met 19 times in series history. The series stands at 18-1 in USC's favor. Last season, the Trojans came away with a 4-3 victory up in Seattle.

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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