No. 8 USC Men Set Up Camp At Marks Stadium As Host Of ITA Kick-Off Weekend|
Jan. 21, 2016
The No. 8 USC men’s tennis team plays host to some of the first dual-match competition of the year this week. Three teams will join the Trojans at Marks Stadium to engage in action in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, where a trip to next month’s ITA National Team Indoor Championships goes up for grabs. The No. 8 USC men host No. 33 Pepperdine, No. 37 Tulane and No. 57 UC Davis for matches held Friday and Saturday. Friday’s winning teams will vie for a place at ITA National Indoors in a title match on Saturday, preceded by a consolation match between Friday’s losing teams.
10 a.m. — Pepperdine vs. Tulane
1 p.m. — USC vs. UC Davis
Saturday (Jan. 23)
This week’s ITA Kick-Off Weekend competition marks the first men’s dual matches of the year on the Trojans’ home courts at Marks Stadium. The tennis facility has been under renovation, but the courts have been open for action throughout construction. The ribbon-cutting and dedication for the new facility is set for Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.. That day, the Trojan Family will officially unveil the newest additions to the Marks Tennis Stadium — the Buntmann Family Tennis Center, Fritz B. Burns Center Court, Lisa and Douglas Goldman Family Student-Athlete Learning Center and Michael Uytengsu Tennis Pavilion — the happy home of the USC men’s and women’s tennis teams.
The USC men start the 2016 season locked in among the nation’s best, ranked No. 8 in the country. NCAA Quarterfinalists last season, the 2016 Trojans have four players standing out in the nation’s singles rankings. Junior Nick Crystal leads them all with a career-best singles ranking of #41 after his strong fall efforts. USC’s veteran talent is balanced out with two freshmen also pulling up early singles rankings. USC’s lone senior, Max De Vroome, ranks #115, with two newcomers mixed in among the vets. Freshman Logan Smith is USC’s second-highest ranked player at #69 in the lang, and fellow freshman Jake DeVine has secured a spot at #83. The USC men do not have any ranked doubles pairs to start out 2016.
This is the eighth consecutive year of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, and the Trojans have been winners at every edition of the event since it began in 2009.