Men's Tennis Drops Thriller to No. 12 Huskies of Washington, 4-3

April 7, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona State men's tennis team (9-9, 3-2 Pac-10) fell to the No. 12 University of Washington (17-5, 2-2 Pac-10), 4-3, today at the Whiteman Tennis Center in its final regular season dual match at home.

The Sun Devils jumped out early by winning all three doubles matches for the first point. ASU's tandem of Nic Dubey and Matt Klinger claimed the first match on the No. 1 court with an 8-4 victory over Jeremy Berman and Andy Posavac. Jarrod Eckermann and Mitchell Bowen won the doubles point for the Sun Devils on the second court with a 9-7 victory over the Huskies' Dillon Ruby and Ari Strasberg. ASU's third doubles victory came on the No. 3 court where Pim Van Mele and Olivier Charroin defeated Andrej Bizjak and Matt Hanlin, 8-6.

In singles action, it came down to the wire for both teams. ASU's Matt Klinger was the first to snatch a match, besting Washington's Andrej Bizjak on the No. 2 court, 7-5, 7-5. On the No. 3 court, junior Mirza Duranovic notched his 25th win of the season by defeating Jeremy Berman, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(5). However, Washington mustered enough strength to defeat ASU on courts No. 1, 4, 5 and 6 to seal the victory. As the dual came to a close, courts No. 1 and 5 would be the determining factors, as both courts went to three sets. Washington's Matt Hamlin bested ASU's Nic Dubey on the No. 1 court, 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-0, and ASU's Olivier Charroin fell to the Huskies' Ari Strasberg, 6-7(4), 6-2, 7-5, on the No. 5 court.

Next weekend, Arizona State will travel westward to battle No. 6 Stanford and No. 27 California on Friday and Saturday. The Devils will face the Cardinal on Friday at 1:30 p.m. (PST) and the Golden Bears on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. (PST).

DOUBLES:1. Dubey/Klinger (ASU) def. (43) Berman/Posavac (UW), 8-42. Eckermann/Bowen (ASU) def. Ruby/Strasberg (UW), 9-73. Van Mele/Charroin (ASU) def. Bizjak/Hanlin (UW), 8-6

SINGLES:1. (36) Matt Hanlin (UW) def. Nic Dubey (ASU), 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-02. (62) Matt Klinger (ASU) def. (40) Andrej Bizjak (UW), 7-5, 7-53. (99) Mirza Duranovic (ASU) def. (95) Jeremy Berman (UW), 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(5)4. (93) Andy Posavac (UW) def. Pim Van Mele (ASU), 6-2, 7-6(1)5. Ari Strasberg (UW) def. Olivier Charroin (ASU), 6-7(4), 6-2, 7-5Marius Lunde (UW) def. Jarrod Eckermann (ASU), 7-6(4), 7-5

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