Men's Tennis Hosts No. 5 UCLA And No. 4 USC
Feb. 20, 2002
ON TAP: The Arizona State men's tennis team (3-0) will host fifth-ranked UCLA (9-1) on Friday, February 22 at 1:30 p.m. and fourth-ranked USC (7-2) on Saturday, February 23 at 12:00 p.m. Even though both duals are against Pac-10 teams, the two matches will not count in the Pac-10 standings. All home matches are played at the Whiteman Tennis Center/Robson Player Facility located on the corner of Sixth Street and Rural Road.
LAST TIME ON THE COURT: Arizona State swept Texas Tech, 7-0 and dropped the doubles point against Rice for a 6-1 win. Against Texas Tech, ASU won the first point of the dual by winning two of the three matches. The Sun Devils top duo of Mitchell Bowen and Matt Klinger finished first on the No. 1 court, while claiming the point on the No. 3 court when Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart won, 8-4. In singles, ASU scored victories in every match. Against Rice, the Sun Devils dropped their first doubles point of the season, however, ASU bounced back with six singles wins to wrap the dual up.
NEW FACES WITH A DOWN UNDER LOOK: This year's team welcomes five new players. Michael Faust (Jr./Sydney, Australia) will redshirt the 2002 season after transferring from UC Santa Barbara, Clinton Letcher (Fr./Melbourne, Australia) was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon in junior doubles, Rodney Rapson (Fr./Melbourne, Australia) recorded a 28-4 singles record and a 17-9 doubles mark in high school, Chris Stewart (So./Adelaide, Australia) transferred last spring from Georgia State, Jonathan Stott (So./Yorkville, Illinois) played a season at New Mexico before coming to Tempe.
HEAD COACH LOU BELKEN: In his 20th season as head coach, Lou Belken has produced 14 All-Americans, including NCAA singles champion and ATP professional Sargis Sargsian. Belken also becomes only the 12th coach (currently only the second active) in Arizona State athletic history to achieve the 20 season milestone. 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 11 of the last 15 seasons, including a berth into the NCAA round of 16 in 1988, '90, '91 (quarterfinals), '95 and '99.
HOME SWEET HOME: Over the past five seasons, including a 3-0 record this year, Arizona State holds a 63-25 (.716) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Senior Mirza Duranovic has claimed 95 singles victories ... senior Matt Klinger holds a .697 career winning percentage in singles, recording a 69-30 mark ... Klinger also set a career-high with 22 victories last year ... ASU plays seven of its first eight duals at home, as well as the last four.