Men's Tennis Travels To Texas A&M For Regional Action
May 10, 2001
ON TAP: The Arizona State men's tennis team (10-11, 3-4 Pac-10) will head to College Station, Texas to partake in the NCAA first and second round regional, May 12-13. The Sun Devils will face Vanderbilt in a first round dual on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. (Arizona time). If ASU advances to the second round they will face either host Texas A&M or St. Bonaventure on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (Arizona time). The winner of the regional will advance to the Sweet 16 held at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., May 18-22.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE REGIONAL: The Sun Devils enter regional action as the No. 2 seed and ranked 32nd in the country. Host and seventh-ranked Texas A&M (24-3) is the top-seed, while 34th-ranked Vanderbilt (12-12) comes in as the No. 3 seed. Rounding out the regional is the No. 4 seed St. Bonaventure (19-6) ... this is Arizona State's 10th regional under Head Coach Lou Belken and the seventh in the past eight years ... ASU is 0-1 all-time against Vanderbilt and 1-0 against Texas A&M ... the Sun Devils have never faced St. Bonaventure.
SUN DEVILS IN THE RANKINGS: Senior Nic Dubey comes in this week at #67, while junior Matt Klinger checks in at #70. As a team, Arizona State is ranked #32. The final team and individual ranking will be released on June 1.
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 10 of the last 14 seasons, including a berth into the NCAA round of 16 in 1988, '90, '91 (quarterfinals), '95 and '99.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Senior Nic Dubey and junior Mirza Duranovic each achieved their 80th career singles victory against LMU ... junior Matt Klinger holds a .690 career winning percentage in singles, recording a 61-28 mark ... Klinger also set a career-high with 22 victories ... this is Duranovic's third straight year of reaching at least 23 wins ... Duranovic's team-leading 27 wins is only his second best season as he posted 37 wins his freshman year ... six of ASU's 11 losses have been by just one point ... 10 of ASU's 21 duals were against top-25 teams this year, while nine duals were against team's ranked in the top-13 ... ASU holds a 6-3 nonconference mark this year ... ASU's lineup includes only one senior ... ASU finished tied for fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference ... ASU's all-time record is 576-397 (.592).