No. 17 Men's Tennis preview: No. 2 USC, No. 7 Pepperdine
Jan. 31, 2013
No. 17 Texas at No. 2 USC
No. 17 Texas at No. 7 Pepperdine
No. 17 Texas men’s tennis (4-1) continues a stretch of playing three consecutive top-10 opponents during a trip to California this weekend to face No. 2 USC and No. 7 Pepperdine.
USC and Pepperdine are two of the four teams that advanced to the NCAA Championship semifinals last season. USC went on to win its fourth consecutive national title.
“We play a schedule that prepares us to compete for the national championship,” head coach Michael Center said. “We are going to do that every year regardless of what our ranking is because that is the mindset I want our program to have. If we want to be standing at the very end of the year, we need to play the very best teams.”
The Longhorns visit the reigning national champion Trojans on Friday at 5 p.m. CT. Texas has played USC seven times in the last five years with a 2-5 record. Last season, USC defeated UT 6-1 in Austin on March 13, 2012. The Trojans lead the all-time series with Texas, 19-6.
Texas meets No. 7 Pepperdine for the first time since 2010 on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT. In their last meeting, the Horns defeated the Waves 4-3 on March 10, 2010 in Austin. UT has won two of the last three matches against Pepperdine and will have a chance to tie the all-time series in which Pepperdine leads, 10-9.
Last time out
In the ITA Rankings (Jan. 30)
No. 2 USC
No. 7 Pepperdine