Men's Tennis Travels to Washington And Oregon
April 3, 2002
ON TAP: The Arizona State men's tennis team (8-7, 1-2 Pac-10) will finish up their final Pac-10 road duals this weekend as they head to Seattle to face the University of Washington (14-4, 0-2 Pac-10) on Friday, April 5 at 1:30 p.m. and Oregon (11-5, 0-2 Pac-10) in Eugene on Saturday, April 6 at 12:00 p.m. The Sun Devils then return home for their final three duals of the season against Stanford, California and Arizona.
LAST TIME ON THE COURT: Arizona State dropped both duals to the Los Angeles schools, falling to 18th-ranked USC, 6-1 and second-ranked UCLA, 5-2. UCLA swept all three doubles matches for the first point, marking the first time this season that ASU did not earn at least one doubles victory. In singles action, ASU cut into the lead to 3-1 when Chris Stewart defeated Lassi Ketola on the No. 5 court in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. However, UCLA clinched the dual on the No. 1 court when Marcin Matkowski struggled in two tiebreaker sets to defeat Matt Klinger, 7-6, 7-6. ASU would earn one more point on the No. 6 court where Olivier Charroin pulled out a three set victory over Derrick Nguyen, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Against USC, Pim Van Mele and Clinton Letcher defeated USC's Teige Sullivan and Damien Spizzo, 8-5, at the No. 3 doubles spot. But before the match was all over, ASU captured one point as Mirza Duranovic defeated Nick Rainey 7-5, 6-2 at court No. 4.
DOUBLES ADVANTAGE: Arizona State has won the doubles point in nine of their 15 duals this year. They are a combined 26-15, including a 12-2 mark at the No. 3 slot. The 24th-ranked duo of Mitchell Bowen and Matt Klinger hold an 8-6 record at the No. 1 slot and a 9-6 overall record. At the No. 2 and 3 positions, 41st-ranked Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart carry an impressive 10-2 dual record and 11-2 overall.
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 6-2 record this year, Arizona State holds a 66-27 (.710) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Senior Mirza Duranovic has claimed 98 career singles victories ... senior Matt Klinger holds a .682 career winning percentage in singles, recording a 75-35 mark ... in its eight victories this year, ASU has outscored its opponents 48-7 ... Coach Lou Belken is five wins shy of 250.