Men's Tennis Hosts Santa Clara and New Mexico State

Jan. 17, 2001

ON TAP: The Arizona State men's tennis team (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) will begin its 40th season of collegiate action as they play host to Santa Clara (0-0, 0-0 WCC) on Friday, January 19 at 1:30 p.m. and New Mexico State (0-0, 0-0 Big West ) on Sunday, January 21 at 12:00 p.m. All duals will be played at the Whitman Tennis Center, located on the corner of Sixth Street and Rural Road.

THE MATCH UPS: This will be the first-ever meeting between the Sun Devils and Broncos. However, this will be the 29th meeting versus New Mexico State. ASU defeated the Lobos 7-0 back in 1998 and hold a 25-3 advantage all-time.

HEAD COACH LOU BELKEN: In his 19th season as head coach, Lou Belken has produced 14 All-Americans, including NCAA singles champion and ATP professional Sargis Sargsian. Belken, the 1999 Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year and Region VIII Coach of the Year, has guided the Sun Devils to NCAA postseason berths in nine of the last 13 seasons, including a berth into the NCAA round of 16 in 1999. Academically since 1991, Belken has placed 12 players on the Pacific-10 All-Academic teams and has placed several players on the GTE Academic All-American teams, including three-time performer Ed Carter.

ASSISTANT COACH LAURIE WARDER: Beginning his fifth season Warder's hard work was not just noticed locally, but nationally as he was named the 2000 Intercollegiate Tennis Associations Assistant Coach of the Year for Region VIII. In addition to intense individual instruction, Warder also helped tutor the doubles teams to 171 victories the last three years. The 2000 team tallied 29 dual wins, including a 17 -win season for its top tandem. The prior two season's, ASU's top three doubles teams all posted double digit wins, including a 40-20 dual record.

NEW FACES: Six new Sun Devils will take to the court this year. Freshman Olivier Charroin (Cruseilles, France) competed in the French National Championships, senior Nic Dubey (Aigle, Switzerland) is a transfer from New Mexcico where he earned All-American honors in doubles, junior Mirza Duranovic (Mostar, Bosnia) comes to Tempe by way of Tennessee Tech where he was named the conference's player of the year, freshman Jarrod Eckermann (Adelaide, Austraila) won the National Doubles Hardcourt Championship and reached the semifinals in singles, freshman Hayden Hodges (Dallas, Texas) made it to the 2000 state semifinals in singles, Aloni Shaul (Holland, Ohio) played Junior Davis Cup for Northwest Ohio and was a two-time finalist in the National Israel Championships.

HOME SWEET HOME: Over the past four seasons, Arizona State holds a 51-20 (.718) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center. The Sun Devils will look to improve on their home record as they host 14 matches in 2001.

DID YOU KNOW... Assistant coach Laurie Warder won the 1993 Australian Doubles Championship and will again play in the tournament next week.

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