Ninth-Ranked Men's Tennis Hosts The No. 13 Texas Longhorns And No. 31 Clemson tigers|
March 15, 2005
This Week-- Following a split in the desert, the ninth-ranked USC men's tennis team (7-6) hosts No. 13 Texas (5-3) on Friday, March 18, at 1:30 p.m. Next, the Trojans welcome in No. 31 Clemson (18-2) on Saturday, March 19, at 1 p.m. Both matches will be held 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 are coming off a split in Arizona. Troy extended its winning streak to 15 games over No. 42 Arizona with a 5-2 victory on Friday, March 11, in Tucson, Ariz. USC then headed to Tempe, Ariz. where they fell to No. 33 Arizona State, 4-3, on Saturday, March 12.
ITA Ranking Updates -- The Trojans held their ground at No. 9 in the most recent ITA poll released on March 15. In singles, sophomore Jamil Al-Agba remains at No. 24 and senior Drew Hoskins comes in at No. 54. Johan Berg and Jamil Al-Agba appear at No. 25 in the doubles rankings.
USC vs. Texas -- USC and Texas have met 17 times in series history. The series stands at 14-3 in USC's favor, including 10 victories out of the past 11 matches, dating back to 1982. The match is expected to be bittersweet for USC senior Drew Hoskins, who played his first two years of collegiate tennis at Texas.
USC vs. Clemson-- Saturday's match between USC and Clemson will mark the 15th meeting between the two schools. USC leads the series, 12-2, including four victories in their previous five meetings.
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.