No. 23 Men's Tennis Hosts Utah

Feb. 1, 2001

ON TAP: The 23rd-ranked Arizona State men's tennis team (3-1, 1-1 Pac-10) will host its fifth straight home dual as they take on Utah (1-0, 0-0 Mountain West) on Tuesday, February 6 at 1:30 p.m. All duals will be played at the Whiteman Tennis Center, located on the corner of Sixth Street and Rural Road.

A LOOK BACK: ASU had a successful Pac-10 home opening weekend as they upended 13th-ranked USC, 4-3, and fell to third-ranked UCLA by the same score. Against the Trojans, the Sun Devils rallied from two matches down to string together four singles wins for the upset. After dropping the doubles point and one of the singles matches, ASU's Nic Dubey and Jarrod Eckermann tied the score at two apiece. Pim Van Mele and Mirza Duranovic, who each came from a set down put the Sun Devils in the win column. Against the Bruins, ASU nearly pulled off the same result as they fought back from a 3-0 deficit. Dubey and Matt Klinger each won their matches to cut the lead to 3-2. Van Mele also won his match, but the Bruins won the forth court to earn the fourth and final point.

SUN DEVILS CRACK TOP-25: After earning convincing, 6-1, victories over Santa Clara and New Mexico State, coupled with the upset win over 13th-ranked USC, the Sun Devils entered this week's national rankings at No. 23.

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.

DOUBLE DIGITS: Four ASU players have already amassed double digit wins this year. Nic Dubey and Mirza Duranovic each check in with 14 wins, while Matt Klinger and Pim Van Mele each have 11 victories. Van Mele also holds a perfect 4-0 record in dual action.

HOME SWEET HOME: Over the past four seasons, including a 3-1 record this year, ASU holds a 54-21 (.720) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center, The Sun Devils will host 14 home matches in 2001.

UP NEXT: ASU will hit the road for the first time as they travel to Seattle, Washington to compete in the Washington Quad. The highly-competitive quad consists of seventh-ranked TCU, 12th-ranked Pepperdine, 21st-ranked Washington and 23rd-ranked Arizona State. To begin, the highest ranked team (at that time) will face the lowest ranked team, while the other two teams will face off. The next day the two winners will battle, while the two other teams will square off.

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