No. 20 USC Men Face USCB, SDSU At Home This Week

Jan. 23, 2006

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THIS WEEK: The Trojans continue their 2006 quest with another pair of home dual matches this week. USC faces UC Santa Barbara at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Jan. 24) and then matches up against San Diego State at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 27). Both matches will be held at Marks Stadium.

ITA RANKING UPDATES: USC enters 2006 ranked No. 20 in the first ITA poll of the year (Jan. 10). Jamil Al-Agba did not play during the fall, but was ranked No. 7 entering the fall season.

RECENT RESULTS: The Trojans built a 2-1 record after a busy opening week that began with a face-off against top-ranked Virginia. Although USC pocketed the doubles point, Kaes Van't Hof was the only Trojan to get a singles victory in the match -- an eventual 5-2 Virginia win. Van't Hof rolled on through the week as the rest of his USC teammates combined forces to tack up two wins on Jan. 21. The Trojans toppled Santa Clara 5-2 that morning, and then downed UC Irvine by the same score in the afternoon.

USC VS. UC SANTA BARBARA: USC is 24-1 all-time against UC Santa Barbara. The last meeting between the two squads was in 2003, when the Trojans posted a 6-1 victory.

USC VS. SAN DIEGO STATE: This USC has never lost to San Diego State, boasting a 12-0 all-time record against he Aztecs. The Trojans opened the 2005 season against SDSU and posted a 5-2 win in their last meeting with the Aztecs.

2006 TROJANS: The 2006 USC squad, led by fourth-year coach Peter Smith, is highlighted by nine returning players from last year's team that reached the NCAA Second Round and finished the 2005 season with a No. 21 national ranking. This year, the Trojans boast four newcomers to the roster as USC works toward improving on last year's 12-13 overall record and 3-4 fifth-place finish in Pac-10 play.

Head Coach Peter Smith -- Peter Smith, the 2004 Pac-10 Coach of the Year whose teams have now made 12-straight NCAA appearances, enters his fourth 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 three years at USC. He boasts a 319-164 (.660) overall record, is 49-29 (.628) with the Trojans and has led his teams to 12 NCAA appearances, including last year's second-round run, and 10 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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