Men's Tennis Heads North for ITA Kickoff Weekend

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Head Coach Brett Masi looks to clinch a spot in National Indoor Championships this weekend at the ITA Kickoff at Stanford
Head Coach Brett Masi looks to clinch a spot in National Indoor Championships this weekend at the ITA Kickoff at Stanford

Jan. 24, 2013

UP NEXT:No. 27 San Diego vs. No. 29 Texas Tech

ITA Kickoff Weekend - Friday, January 25th - 10:00 a.m.

Taube Stadium - Stanford University - Palo Alto, Calif.

If USD wins, they play the winner of No. 10 Stanford and No. 26 Texas A&M on Saturday, January 26th at 2:00 p.m.

If USD loses, they play the loser of that match on Saturday, January 26th at 10:00 a.m.

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SCOUTING THE RED RAIDERS:Texas Tech finished last season ranked No. 23 after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament... They enter the 2013 season at No. 26, but they lost their top three singles players from a year ago... Texas Tech reloaded their roster with five freshmen, including three from Brazil. The Red Raiders now have seven Brazilians on their team... The Red Raiders have had a busy month so far, already playing in four matches. After winning their first three, the Red Raiders fell to No. 11 Mississippi State 5-2 last Sunday... Tim Siegel, who is in his 20th season with the team, coaches Texas Tech. Under his tenure, the Red Raiders have posted a 283-210 record and qualified for the NCAA Tournament eleven times... The Toreros lead the series 7-3.

SCOUTING THE CARDINAL:Stanford advanced to the round of eight in the NCAA Tournament last year... Although they lost some key contributors from last year's squad, Stanford is currently ranked No. 10... Sophomore John Morrisey is their highest ranked singles player at No. 39, but they also feature a ranked doubles pair in junior Jamin Ball and freshman Trey Strobel, who are ranked No. 57... The Cardinal are coached by John Whitlinger (9th year). Under his direction, Stanford has gone 134-67 and made seven NCAA Tournament appearances... USD is 1-15 all-time series with Stanford.

SCOUTING THE AGGIES:Texas A&M enters the tournament with a 2-0 record and No. 26 ranking... Sophomore Jordan Szabo is their highest ranked singles player at No. 87, followed by sophomore Jeremy Efferding who sits at No. 103... The Aggies also have a dynamic freshmen duo in Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant. The pair is currently ranked No. 6 in ITA doubles rankings and Vinsant was ranked as the No. 4 incoming freshman in the fall... The Aggies are coached by former All-American, Steve Denton... The Toreros lead the all-time series with the Aggies 2-1.

IN THE MIX: The Toreros, who finished last season ranked No. 26, enter 2013 at No. 27... Freshman Romain Kalaydjian(Rueil-Malmaison, France) is currently ranked at No. 62 and will fill the No. 1 spot in both singles and doubles play.

GETTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT: The Toreros have won all three season openers under head coach Brett Masi. However, since USD began playing at the Division-I level in 1980, they are just 4-10 when they open the season on the road.

VETERAN LEADERSHIP: The Toreros' boast a very young roster this season. Senior Thibaut Visy and junior Clarke Spinosaare the team's only upper classmen to go along with six freshmen and sophomores. Visy and Spinosa led by example in the fall, winning the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships on their way to being named WCC Doubles Players of the Month in November.

FRESH FACES: The Toreros have three newcomers for the 2012-13 season. Jakob Karnopp is a San Diego native, who comes to USD from La Jolla High School. Karnopp was the singles league champion in his junior year and was a semifinalist in his sophomore and senior season. Romain Kalaydjian (Rueil-Malmaison, France) won the U-18 French Doubles Championship in 2010 and was ranked No. 15 in France. Uros Petronijevic(Smederevo, Serbia) joined the team only a few weeks ago and looks to make an immediate impact playing with Kalaydjian as the No. 1 doubles squad.

MEET HEAD COACH Brett Masi:Masi enter his fourth year at USD with a 49-25 record. Masi guided the Toreros to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011-12 as USD posted an 18-9 record on the year and advanced to the second round of the NCAAs. The season was highlighted by a 4-1 victory over No. 11 Texas on the road that marked the third-highest ranked team USD has ever defeated. Masi's squad climbed as high as No. 16 in the ITA rankings before finishing the year at No. 26, the team's highest final ranking since the 1993 squad finished at No. 21.

In only his second year at USD in 2010-11, Masi led the Toreros to one of their finest seasons in decades as USD defeated Santa Clara 4-1 to claim the Toreros' first West Coast Conference title since 1990, as Masi took home WCC Coach of the Year honors, becoming the first USD coach to ever do so. In addition to being named ITA Southwest Region Coach of the Year, Masi guided USD to its first NCAA Championship appearance since the 2006 season, where the Toreros defeated No. 35 BYU 4-0 in the first round, before falling to eventual national champion USC in the second round. Under Masi, six Toreros earned All-WCC honors in 2011 and three players took home WCC Player of the Month honors, including conference player of the year Dean Jackson and conference freshman of the year Clarke Spinosa. Over the past two years, Masi has coached Jackson, who during the 2010-11 season tied the all-time USD career singles wins record with his 100th victory. Spinosa, one of Masi's first recruits at USD, tied the record for most singles wins by a freshman in Torero history (28) and set a new dual singles record by a freshman (21-3).

Also in 2011, Masi coached the Toreros to their highest Campbell/ITA ranking since 1990, reaching No. 20 and spending four-straight weeks in the Top-25 after opening the season with a No. 58 ranking. The Toreros put together their best team winning percentage (.731) since 1993 and closed out a perfect 10-0 dual match record at home. Masi guided the team to 12-consecutive dual match victories during the season, coming within two of the all-time USD record, while also leading the Toreros to six shutouts on the year, two shy of the USD record. Overall on the year, six of USD's seven losses came against teams ranked in the Campbell/ITA Top-10.

In his first season at the helm, Masi secured a record of 12-9, a final ITA ranking of No. 62, and a third place finish at the WCC Championships in April. The Toreros captured strong wins over UC Santa Barbara (6-1), UNLV (4-2), Cal Poly (5-2), and at the time, 51st-ranked UC Irvine (4-3). San Diego was led by All-WCC First Team selections, junior Dean Jackson and sophomore Nikola Bubnic, who each garnered 10+ singles victories in the dual campaign. Jackson finished the season with a record of 14-2, all at the No. 1 position, while taking home WCC Player of the Month honors for the month of February. Bubnic, the winnigest Torero in 2010, captured 30 singles victories for the combined fall and spring campaigns, a feat that has not been achieved since Jose Luis Noriega earned a mark of 31-4 in 1991.

Masi was named USD's new head men's tennis coach on May 21st, 2009. Masi came to USD from the University of Southern California where he had been with the USC men's tennis program since 2005, and had been Peter Smith's top assistant. The USC men's tennis program won the 2009 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship with a 4-1 win over #3 seed Ohio State. Masi took over for the late Tom Hagedornwho lost his courageous 18-month battle with Leukemia in late March 2009.

Prior to taking over at USD, Masi earned back-to-back honors as the ITA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year. He first won the award in 2007 following the Trojans' run to an 11-0 start and eventual 23-3 overall record with its trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals, and picked up his second accolade in 2008 after another USC run to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

The recently completed 2011 campaign marked his ninth season in collegiate tennis after spending his first two years as an assistant coach to the men's and women's programs at Santa Clara University. Masi shared the responsibilities of individual workouts, strength and conditioning, recruiting and summer camp instruction for both the Bronco men's and women's teams in 2003 and 2004. In addition to his coaching duties, Masi also served as the Club Sports Coordinator and Bronco Kidz All-Sports Camp Director for the Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Department in Santa Clara during this time.

Masi was a four-year letterwinner at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he remains one of the program's all-time winningest players. He completed his career with a 60-29 singles record, playing among the top three singles positions since his freshman campaign. He earned his highest career singles ranking at No. 38 in 2000 and was named to the All-Big West Conference first team as a senior. In 2001, he earned his bachelor's degree in recreation administration from Cal Poly and earned his master's degree from Azusa Pacific in 2002.

In addition to coaching, Masi works as an instructor for Peter Smith at The Long Beach Tennis Academy and the Peter Smith Tennis Camps during the summer. He also spends time coaching and developing junior tennis players throughout Southern California.

Masi prepped at Riverside Poly High School, where he was a four-time Ivy League champion in both singles and doubles. Masi was born Nov. 2, 1978 in Riverside, Calif. He and his wife, Desiree, have two young children - a son, Jaxson, and daughter, Devyn.