USC Men Seek Pac-10 Wins On The Road

April 12, 2006

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THIS WEEK: USC's efforts to break out of its slump of tight 4-3 losses take the Trojans on the road for a pair of Pac-10 matches. The #50 Trojans head to Seattle first to face #20 Washington at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (April 14) before crossing into Eugene to play Oregon at 1 p.m. on Saturday (April 15).

ITA RANKING UPDATES: USC (7-12, 0-4) is ranked #50 in the latest ITA team rankings (released April 11). Washington (15-4, 2-1) is ranked #20, and Oregon (6-13, 0-4) is unranked.

RECENT RESULTS: The Trojans dropped another two Pac-10 contests in slim 4-3 decisions last week. Once again, USC took early leads with doubles domination at #24 California and #12 Stanford, but was unable to rack up enough singles win to hold onto victory. Adam Loucks and Chong Wang were the only Trojans to win both their singles matches over the weekend. The 4-3 losses marked four straight such decisions for USC in Pac-10 play.

USC VS. WASHINGTON: USC is 18-3 all-time against the Huskies. Washington beat USC twice last season -- first 4-3 in Pac-10 play and then 4-3 again in the NCAA Second Round. The Trojans' last win over the Huskies came in a 4-3 victory in 2004. Washington beat Arizona and ASU last week. The Huskies are led by ranked players #32 Alex Slovic and #90 Jean-Noel Insausti, and doubles team #33 Chu/Slovik.

USC VS. OREGON: USC is 11-0 all-time against the Ducks, having most recently beating them 7-0 last year in Pac-10 play. Also winless in Pac-10 play, Oregon is coming off losses to Arizona and ASU. The Ducks are led by #77 Markus Schiller.

DEJAN GETS IT DONE: Sophomore Dejan Cvetkovic earned his first career Pac-10 Player of the Week award after posting a three-set upset of Baylor's #48-ranked Matija Zgaga for USC's lone win of the match against the seventh-ranked Bears.

CHONG'S WINNING WAYS: In his first season at Troy, freshman Chong Wang has played in every dual match for the Trojans and is USC's winningest player in dual match singles action so far this season. Wang has racked up a 12-7 record playing at the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 slots during dual match action and was one of only two Trojans who won both their matches last week vs. Cal and Stanford.

LOUCKS' LOCKDOWN: Sophomore Adam Loucks has been hot in USC's Pac-10 dual matches, having posted three straight singles wins and four straight doubles wins with teammate Garrett Snyder. He and Snyder are a perfect 7-0 when playing at the No. 3 doubles slot this year.

A TOUGH KAES: Sophomore Kaes Van't Hof is right back to the solid play he began his USC career with last season, boasting the strongest singles record on the team at 18-12 overall. In Arizona, Van't Hof kicked off Pac-10 play with a 2-0 run through his Arizona opponents.

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.

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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