Men's Tennis Hosts No. 6 Stanford And No. 17 California
April 10, 2002
ON TAP: The Arizona State men's tennis team (9-8, 2-3 Pac-10) will play host to sixth-ranked Stanford (16-2, 2-0 Pac-10) on Friday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. and 17th-ranked California (14-4, 2-0 Pac-10) on Saturday, April 13 at 12:00 p.m. Both duals will be played at the Whiteman Tennis Center and will count towards the Pac-10 standings.
LAST TIME ON THE COURT: Arizona State split their road trip to the Northwest, defeating Oregon, 5-2 and falling to Washington, 7-0. The Ducks' No. 1 doubles duo of Oded Teig and Sven Swinnen lost a close 9-8 match to Arizona State's 21st-ranked duo of Matt Klinger and Mitchell Bowen that helped set the table for the Sun Devils' victory. In singles action, Arizona State won at the No's 1, 2, 3 slots all in straight sets and at the No. 5 position where Olivier Charroin came back from a set down to win. Against Washington, in doubles, UW took the first point by claiming two of the three matches. ASU's lone win of the afternoon came on the No. 3 doubles court where Clinton Letcher and Pim Van Mele downed Christoph Paimanshofer and Nick Weiss, 8-2. In singles action, ASU was swept in straight sets in five of the six matches.
DOUBLES ADVANTAGE: Arizona State has won the doubles point in 11 of their 17 duals this year. They are a combined 29-18, including a 13-3 mark at the No. 3 slot. The 21st-ranked duo of Mitchell Bowen and Matt Klinger hold a 9-7 record at the No. 1 slot and a 10-7 overall record. At the No. 2 and 3 positions, Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart carry an impressive 11-3 dual record and 12-3 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 99 career singles victories ... senior Matt Klinger holds a .679 career winning percentage in singles, recording a 76-36 mark ... in its nine victories this year, ASU has outscored its opponents 53-9 ... Coach Lou Belken is four wins shy of 250 ... with the exception of one dual, all of ASU's losses have been by teams ranked nationally in the top-18.