No. 24 Men's Tennis Hosts Loyola Marymount

Feb. 26, 2001

ON TAP: The 24th-ranked Arizona State men's tennis team (6-3, 2-1 Pac-10) will host Loyola Marymount University (1-6, 0-0 West Coast) on Wednesday, February 28 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. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

A LOOK BACK: For the 11th consecutive year, the Sun Devils defeated the University of Arizona in Tempe, this year by a comfortable 5-2 margin. The Sun Devils took the early advantage by winning all three of doubles matches for the first point. ASU's tandem of Mitchell Bowen and Matt Klinger claimed the first match on the No. 1 court with a 8-6 victory over Steven Capriati and Carl Hagman. Jarrod Eckermann and Pim Van Mele won the doubles point for ASU on the second court with a 9-7 victory over Arizona's Tom Lloyd and Whi Kim. Arizona State's third doubles victory came on the No. 3 court where Nic Dubey and Olivier Charroin shutout Roeland Brateanu and Arnaud Agniel, 8-0. In singles action, the Sun Devils won four of the six matches. Klinger came off first on the No. 2 court when he quickly defeated Arizona's Hagman, 6-3, 6-4. Van Mele, on the fourth court, shortly followed with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kim. The dual was clinched on the No. 5 court when ASU's Charroin handed Jari Niskala a straight sets, 7-6 (3), 6-1 loss. Arizona State's final win of the match came late in the dual on court No. 3 when Mirza Duranovic came back after loosing the first set to defeat Lloyd 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

SUN DEVILS IN THE RANKINGS: This is Arizona State's fifth week in the top-25 as they check in at No. 24. The next team ranking will be released on February 28. In singles, Nic Dubey moved up to 42nd in the country, while Matt Klinger enters for the first time in his career at No. 84. The next singles and doubles rankings will be released on March 9.

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 and junior Mirza Duranovic will each be seeking their 80th career singles victory against LMU. Junior Matt Klinger holds a .710 career winning percentage in singles, recording a 54-22 mark.

HOME SWEET HOME: Over the past four seasons, including a 6-1 record this year, Arizona State holds a 57-21 (.731) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center, Including the LMU dual on Wednesday, the Sun Devils will host seven more home matches in 2001.

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