Men's Tennis Hosts Cal Poly And Arizona
April 15, 2002
ON TAP: The Arizona State men's tennis team (10-9, 3-4 Pac-10) will play hosts to Cal Poly (8-13) on Wednesday, April 17 at 1:30 p.m. and rival Arizona (8-11, 1-6 Pac-10) on Saturday, April 20 at 12:00 p.m. to close out the regular season. Arizona State holds a 2-0 all-time record against Cal Poly. Earlier this year, the Sun Devils shutout the Wildcats, 7-0, in Tucson.
LAST TIME ON THE COURT: Arizona State came away with a split of the Bay Area schools, dropping a hard fought, 4-3 dual to sixth-ranked Stanford, then bouncing back to upset 17th-ranked California, 5-2. ASU started off strong taking the first two doubles matches to earn the doubles point. Stanford then had to come back in singles, taking the match with four victories. On the No. 1 court, K.J. Hippensteel defeated Matt Klinger, 7-5, 6-4 and David Martin defeated Pim Van Mele, 6-2, 6-0 on the No. 2 court. Chris Stewart came off the court with the first ASU win defeating Kao, 6-3, 6-1 to tie the dual a two apiece. Mirza Duranovic brought the Devils' match points up, giving ASU the lead with his victory over Sheng, 6-4, 7-6 (4). However, Stanford fought back with a win on the No. 3 court to bring the score back to a tie, and clinched the victory when Warburg defeated Charroin in a tough match, 6-2, 7-6 (11). ASU opened against Cal the same way by winning two of the three doubles matches for the first point. ASU's duo of Klinger and Mitchell Bowen posted a victory on the No. 1 court, winning 9-8 (11), over John Paul Fruttero and Robert Kowalczyk, while Clinton Letcher and Van Mele finished with a victory on the No. 3 court defeating Conor Niland and Chase Exon 8-4. ASU continued its winning streak when Duranovic and Stewart both posted their second victories of the weekend. Duranovic defeated Wayne Wong 7-6, 6-1 and Stewart defeated Mik Ledvonova 6-3, 3-1 (Ret). Letcher posted the fourth win needed to clinch the match when he defeated Niland 6-4, 1-6, 6-2. Klinger played a tough, three set match on the No. 1 court, After a strong finish he took the victory defeating Fruttero 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (6).
DOUBLES ADVANTAGE: Arizona State has won the doubles point in 14 of their 19 duals this year. They are a combined 33-20, including a 15-3 mark at the No. 3 slot. The 21st-ranked duo of Mitchell Bowen and Matt Klinger hold a 10-8 record at the No. 1 slot and a 11-7 overall record. At the No. 2 and 3 positions, Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart carry an impressive 12-4 dual record and 13-4 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 7-3 record this year, Arizona State holds a 67-28 (.705) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Senior Mirza Duranovic has claimed 101 career singles victories ... senior Matt Klinger holds a .675 career winning percentage in singles, recording a 77-37 mark ... in its 10 victories this year, ASU has outscored its opponents 58-11 ... Coach Lou Belken is three 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.