2002 (NATIONAL CHAMPIONS):
Nick Rainey did not compete in the fall and joined the team at the start of dual match play... Spent the summer and fall competing at professional tournaments as an amateur... Won the USA F15 Doubles Tournament in Sunnyvale, Calif., with partner Jeff Laski, and the Copa Baninter (Dominican Republic F1) Doubles in Santa Domingo and the Tryall Futures 2001 (Jamaica F1a) Doubles in Montego Bay with USC partner Ryan Moore... Did not accept prize money to remain NCAA eligible... In the spring, Rainey returned to USC with a powerful singles game and enjoyed his most successful singles season ever, earning a No. 37 final singles ranking... He received his first career berth in the NCAA Singles Championship and advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to eventual-champion Matias Boeker of Georgia... For doing so, he was named an ITA Singles All-American... Rainey won 13 of his first 15 matches; wins which included notable victories over then-ranked No. 43 Ryan Haviland of Stanford and No. 24 Marcin Matkowski of UCLA... Playing mainly at the No. 4 spot, he posted the team?s longest win streak with nine consecutive from Feb. 5 through March 19... He upset Jean-Julien Rojer (UCLA) and John Paul Fruttero (Cal) to advance to the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament and also advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament with partner Ryan Moore... In the NCAA Tournament, he helped lead the Trojans to the National Championship with wins in the first round, quarterfinals and semifinals... In doubles, he and Moore entered the season unranked after not competing in the fall, but it did not take long for the pair to climb the charts... Playing solely at the No. 1 spot, Rainey and Moore twice upset No. 2/3-ranked David Martin/Scott Lipsky of Stanford (Feb. 9 and April 30) and defeated UCLA?s Jean-Julien Rojer/Marcin Matkowski on March 7... With a 20-10 overall record (18-8 mark in dual matches), the duo received it?s third ITA Doubles All-American honor and made its third appearance in the NCAA Doubles Championship but fell in the second round to Minnesota?s Haug/Mankad... The pair finished the season ranked No. 7 by the ITA.
Rainey played the majority of his matches at No. 4 singles and No. 1 doubles... He recorded a 23-14 overall singles record, 14-10 mark in dual matches and 4-5 record in Pac-10 matches... He and Moore earned a No. 5 final ranking with a 24-4 overall doubles record and received their second-straight ITA All-America honor... Rainey posted a 9-4 singles record in the fall, winning the Rolex Regional Consolation Championship title in November... After upsetting Stanford?s (No. 41) David Martin on April 7, Rainey was hampered by injuries as he dropped his final three singles matches of the regular season... In doubles, Rainey and Moore went 24-4 for the season, 17-1 in dual matches and 6-0 against Pac-10 opponents... The duo captured the SoCal Intercollegiate Doubles Championship in the fall with a victory over Chase Exon and Stefan Suter of Pepperdine... The team was tabbed ITA Doubles Team of the Month after posting a 7-0 record in March... Within that time they registered three top-10 wins and extended their win streak to 18 - the longest of their careers... In the first two rounds of the NCAA team tournament, he and Moore upset No. 1-ranked Brian Vahaly and Huntley Montgomery of Virginia, 8-5, but ironically fell to the pair in the quarterfinals of the NCAA doubles championships... He also played doubles matches with Andrew Park (0-1) and Damien Spizzo (2-0).
With only 11 losses on the season, Rainey was one of the most consistent players in 2000 ... The sophomore finished with a 28-11 record overall and 19-7 mark in dual matches ... After falling into the back draw at the ITA Regionals, he went on to win the consolation round by defeating Sean Cooper of San Diego ... Throughout the dual match season, he played mainly at the No. 4 and 5 positions, and played at No. 3 on two occasions ... His longest win streak came in March as he won six consecutive matches (March 10-14) ... With a loss to Jean-Julien of UCLA to break the streak, Rainey went on to finish the regular season with a 4-2 record ... He reached the second round of the Pac-10 Tournament singles competition, and the quarterfinals in doubles ... He earned two singles wins in the NCAA Team Tournament, including a victory over Rob Cheyne of Fresno State, avenging an earlier regular season loss which cost USC a dual match victory over the Bulldogs ... As one of the top-five doubles pairs in the country, he and Moore earned 2000 ITA All-American honors ... They finished the season with a 33-11 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Championship Finals before falling to Franklin and Oliver of Illinois ... In the fall, the duo claimed the Fresno State Bulldog Classic and SCTA Tournament Championship.
After entering USC in January as a freshman, Rainey claimed a spot in the bottom half of the singles ladder ... He went 19-8 overall and 17-6 in dual matches ... He went a team-best 5-2 in Pac-10 dual matches ... In doubles, Rainey went 19-9 overall and 16-7 in duals ... He and Moore had an 11-1 overall record and a final national doubles ranking of No. 23 ... The two reached the final of the NCTC Tournament in January.
Rainey graduated in December of 1998 from the Weil College Prep in Ojai, Calif., where he spent a year and a half ... Previously, he spent two years at Mercer Island (Wash.) High, where he was the 1996 Washington state AAA doubles champion ... In 1997, he reached the finals of the Washington AAA singles tournament ... He led Mercer Island to Washington state AAA team championships in tennis in 1996 and 1997 ... Rainey spent most of 1998 playing in USTA events and finished ranked in the top 10 in the 18-and-under singles rankings ... At the USTA International Grass Court Championships in Philadelphia, Rainey was the 18-and-under singles and doubles champion ... At the USTA National Clay Court Championships in Louisville, he was a finalist in the 18-and-under doubles competition ... Rainey was also the 18-and-under singles champion at the Copper Bowl Tournament in Tucson.
Nicholas Rainey was born on Dec. 7, 1980 in Santa Monica, Calif. ... The son of Larry and Marcia Rainey ... He enjoys golf, basketball and reading in his spare time ... He is a business major.
RAINEY?s CAREER STATISTICS
Overall Duals Overall Duals
Year W L Pct. W L Pct. W L Pct. W L Pct.
1999 19 8 .704 17 6 .739 19 9 .679 16 7 .696
2000 28 11 .718 19 7 .731 35 11 .761 18 8 .692
2001 23 14 .622 14 10 .583 26 5 .828 19 2 .895
2002 24 9 .727 18 6 .750 20 10 .667 18 8 .692
Tot. 94 42 .691 68 29 .701 100 35 .741 71 25 .740