Men's Tennis Just Barely Fall to No. 5 Cal

March 7, 2003

Tempe, AZ- The Arizona State Men's Tennis Team played an excellent match Friday afternoon versus the 5th-ranked University of California.

The match came down to the wire with the Devils falling just shy to the Golden Bears, 4-3.

The 4-5 Sun Devils look to bounce back for their match versus the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal on Saturday afternoon.

The match is set to begin at 12p.m. at ASU's Whiteman Tennis Center.

In doubles play, the Sun Devils were flawless winning all three matches.

The Letcher team of Chris and Clint secured a sound 8-5 victory over Patrick Briaud and Balazs Veress, while Pim Van Mele and Ryan McBride defeated Mik Ledvonova and Conor Niland 8-5.

Chris Stewart and Olivier Charroin battled fiercely and walked away with a 9-8(5) won over Steve Berke and Robert Kowalczyk.

In singles action, the Devils fell just one match shy of victory, but they played well throughout the entire match.

Both the Letchers were just as successful in singles as they were in doubles.

Clinton Letcher defeated Balazs Veress, 6-4, 7-5, during which Chris Letcher defeated Steve Berke.

As the match wore on it came down to either Chris Stewart's match or Pim Van Mele's to deicide to whom the victory would be awarded.

Both played excellent, pushing their opponents into 3 sets apiece, but in the end Cal just scarcely ran away with the win.

Results for ASU vs. Cal

Singles:

1.) Conor Niland (Cal) def. Pim Van Mele (ASU) 1-6, 6-0, 7-6

2.) Clinton Letcher (ASU) def. Balazs Veress (Cal) 6-4, 7-5

3.) Or Dekel (Cal) def. Chris Stewart (ASU) 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-1

4.) Robert Kowalczyk (Cal) def. Olivier Charroin (ASU) 6-4, 6-3

5.) Chris Letcher (ASU) def Steve Berke (Cal) 6-4, 4-1 (ret.)

6.) Mik Ledvonova (Cal) def. Ryan McBride (ASU) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles:

1.) Charroin/Stewart (ASU) def. Berke/Kowalczyk (Cal) 9-8(5)

2.) Letcher/Letcher (ASU) def. Briaud/Veress (Cal) 8-5

3.) McBride/Van Mele (ASU) def. Ledvonova/Niland (Cal) 8-6

Final Score: ASU 3, Cal 4

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