No. 21 Men's Tennis Hosts In-State Rivals Northern Arizona and Arizona.
Feb. 19, 2001
ON TAP: The 21st-ranked Arizona State men's tennis team (4-3, 1-1 Pac-10) will host in-state rivals Northern Arizona (3-6, 0-0 Big Sky) on Wednesday, February 21 at 1:30 p.m. and the University of Arizona (6-2, 0-1 Pac-10) on Saturday, February 24 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 LOOK BACK: ASU put up a good fight, but dropped a 4-2 dual to seventh-ranked TCU in the first day at the 2001 Husky Invitational in Seattle, Washington. TCU won the doubles point, while earning singles victories from three players. ASU's tandem of Jarrod Eckermann and Pim Van Mele won the sole doubles match in a tiebreaker at the No. 2 spot, 9-8. In singles action, Nic Dubey picked up a solid win on the No. 1 court where he defeated 20th-ranked Esteban Carril in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Mirza Duranovic, at the No. 3 slot, posted the other point. The Sun Devils came close to pulling off the upset over 12th-ranked Pepperdine, but fell just one match short by a score of 4-3 on the final day of the Husky Invitational. ASU gained the early advantage by winning two of the three doubles matches for the first point. ASU's No. 1 team of Mitchell Bowen and Matt Klinger knocked off Pepperdine's 20th-ranked duo, 8-6. The Sun Devils clinched the point on the third court where Dubey and Duranovic won, 8-6. In singles action, the Sun Devils won two of the six matches with two others extending into three sets, including a third-set tiebreaker. On the No. 2 court, Klinger won in straight sets, while Duranovic continued his strong performance also with a straight sets victory. The matches on the No. 5 and 6 courts both went into three sets with Pepperdine coming out with both wins to secure the dual victory. On the fifth court, ASU's Olivier Charroin was narrowly defeated in a third-set tiebreaker by Chase Exon, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6.
SUN DEVILS CONTINUE IN TOP-25: This is Arizona State's fourth week in the top-25 as they maintain their current ranking at No. 21. The next team ranking will be released on February 21.
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.
CAREER NUMBERS: Senior Nic Dubey has 78 career singles wins and 71 doubles victories, while junior Mirza Duranovic has 77 career singles wins.
HOME SWEET HOME: Over the past four seasons, including a 4-1 record this year, ASU holds a 55-21 (.724) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center, The Sun Devils will host 14 home matches in 2001.