Men's Tennis Travels To No. 1 UCLA And No. 15 USC
Feb. 12, 2003
ON TAP: The Arizona State men's tennis team (3-2) will head back out on the road to Los Angeles to face top-ranked UCLA (6-0) on Friday, February 14 at 1:30 p.m. and 15th-ranked USC (4-2) on Saturday, February 15 at 12:00 p.m. Even though both duals are against Pac-10 teams, the results will not count towards the standings.
UTAH RECAP: The Devils swept all three doubles matches for the first point and won five of the six singles matches to top Utah, 6-1. In doubles play, the No. 3 team of Ryan McBride and Pim Van Mele were the first off the courts with an easy 8-2 win, while the Letcher brothers, Clinton and Chris, were second off on the No. 2 court with an 8-4 victory. The Devils wrapped up the sweep on court No. 1 when the 17th-ranked duo of Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart were extended to a 9-7 win. In singles action, both Letcher brothers won in straight sets, Clinton at No. 1 and Chris at No. 5. Van Mele had an easy time on the No. 3 court with a 6-3, 6-0 win, while Charroin lost only two games on court No. 4 in a 6-1, 6-1 win. Stewart was extended into three sets before pulling out a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory. The Utes' lone win occurred on the No. 6 court where Ryan Eveloff fell 6-3, 6-2.
250/600: With the 6-1 victory against Santa Clara two historical records were set. Head coach Lou Belken achieved his 250th career win, while Arizona State earned the 600th win in the program's history.
HEAD COACH LOU BELKEN: In his 21st season as head coach, Lou Belken has produced 14 All-Americans and 15 All-Pac-10 selections, including NCAA singles champion and ATP professional Sargis Sargsian. Belken is also 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 years, including five berths in the NCAA round of 16 and one quarterfinal appearance. Academically since 1991, Belken has placed 15 players on the Pacific-10 All-Academic teams and has placed several players on the GTE Academic All-American teams.
DEVILS IN THE RANKINGS: As a team, Arizona State is No. 43 in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, administered by the ITA. In doubles, the duo of Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart are No. 17.
SCHEDULE STRENGTH: Once again the Devils will face a strong non-conference slate along with the always powerful Pac-10 Conference. Ten ASU opponents earned NCAA bids last year, while eight of this year's opponents are ranked in the top-25. The Pac-10 comprises four of the nation's top-10 teams and five of the eight Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top-20.
DOUBLES SUCCESS: ASU has won four out of the five doubles points this season, and are a combined 11-4 in dual play. The doubles team of juniors Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart's success last season has continued into this season. The pair, currently ranked No. 17 in the country by the ITA, posted an 8-1 mark in the fall after winning the Southern California Regional doubles championship. The pair then went on to the ITA National Indoors doubles championship where they advanced to the second round. Dating back to last season, Charroin and Stewart are a combined 28-7. They are 4-1 this year at the No. 1 slot with a 12-2 overall mark. The duo recorded a perfect 12-0 dual record at the No. 3 slot last year, finishing at 16-5 overall with a team-leading 8-4 Pac-10 record. Ryan McBride and Pim Van Mele are currently undefeated at the No. 3 slot at 4-0, while the Letcher brothers have evened their record at 2-2 at the No. 2 position.