Men's Tennis Hosts No. 13 USC and No. 3 UCLA
Jan. 24, 2001
ON TAP: The Arizona State men's tennis team (2-0, 0-0 Pac-10) will begin the Pac-10 season, hosting 13th-ranked USC (2-0, 0-0 Pac-10) on Friday, January 26 at 1:30 p.m. and third-ranked UCLA (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10) on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. All duals will be played at the Whiteman Tennis Center, located on the corner of Sixth Street and Rural Road.
A QUICK REVIEW: ASU made easy work of both Santa Clara and New Mexico State to start the dual season, posting identical 6-1 wins over each school. ASU won the doubles point in each dual by taking two out of the three matches. The duo of Nic Dubey and and Jarrod Eckermann won both of their doubles matches, while Eckermann also won both of his singles matches. Also picking up consecutive singles wins were Matt Klinger, Pim Van Mele and Olivier Charroin.
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 has also help to tutor the doubles teams to 171 victories the last three years.
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, Shaul Aloni (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, ASU holds a 53-20 (.726) 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.