Men's Tennis Defeat In-State Rival University of Arizona 4-3

Feb. 28, 2003

Tempe, AZ- The Arizona State Men's Tennis Team advanced their record to 4-4 and 1-0 in the Pac-10 Friday afternoon against the now 5-4 Wildcats of the University of Arizona.

The match was an extremely trying one for both teams with the final victory decision coming down to the final singles match, which ran into 3 sets.

In doubles action the Sun Devils pulled ahead early with Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart defeating Whi Kim and Paul Warkentin 9-8(5) and an 8-6 McBride/ Van Mele victory over Daniel Andrus and Carl Hagman.

In singles action, the 'Cats fought back hard securing 3 singles victories, but the Sun Devils also played well with Pim Van Mele defeating Carl Hagman 6-4, 6-1 and Chris Stewart soundly defeating Colin O'Grady 6-1, 6-2.

It came down to Ryan McBride and Daniel Andrus to decide which team would walk away with the victory.

Andrus fought well, but in the end was unable to stop McBride's momentum as he won the match 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, giving the Sun Devils a 4-3 victory in their first Pac-10 match of the season.

Next up, the Sun Devils will face the No. 5 California Golden Bears on March 7 and the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal on March 8; both to are to be played in California.

Doubles:

1.) Charroin/Stewart (ASU) def. Kim/Warkentin (UA) 9-8(5)

2.) Matalonga/ O'Grady (UA) def. Letcher/ Letcher (ASU) 8-6

3.) McBride/ Van Mele (ASU) def. Andrus/ Hagman 8-6

Singles:1.) Whi Kim (UA) def. Clint Letcher (ASU) 6-4, 7-6(2)

2.) Pim Van Mele (ASU) def. Carl Hagman (UA) 6-4, 6-1

3.) Chris Stewart (ASU) def. Colin O'Grady (UA) 6-1, 6-2

4.) Paul Warkentin (UA) def. Olivier Charroin (ASU) 6-4, 6-2

5.) Roger Matalonga (UA) def. Chris Letcher (ASU) 6-4, 6-2

6.) Ryan McBride (ASU) def. Daniel Andrus (UA) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Final Score: ASU 4, UA 3

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