Men's Tennis Upset Bid Falls Short
March 21, 2003
AUBURN, Ala. ----The 23rd-ranked Auburn men's tennis team (10-4) won the doubles point and won the first set in each if its singles matches, but only Gabor Zoltan Pelva was able to win in two sets as Arizona State (5-8) battled back. It took a win by Rodrigo Minozzo to seal the deal for Auburn, Friday at the Luther Young Tennis Complex as the tennis team defeated Arizona State4-3.
Zoltan Pelva beat the Sun Devils' Chris Stewart 6-1, 6-2 on court three, while Minozzo defeated Chris Letcher 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 on court 4. Rameez Junaid won Auburn's only other singles point when Arizona State's Clinton Letcher withdrew from the match in the first set due to an injury. Junaid was leading 3-0 at the time.
In doubles play the duo of Andy Colombo and Rameez Junaid continued their success by winning on court one over Arizona State's No. 14 ranked team of Chris Stewart and Olivier Charroin, 8-4. The other doubles win came over on court two where Auburn's Gabor Zoltan Pelva and Rodrigo Minozzo defeated the Letcher brothers, Chris and Clinton, 9-8 (5).
'We knew they were good,' said Auburn head coach Eric Shore. 'We were under no false pretenses about this match, and we knew they wanted to come after us even after we won the doubles point and had won the first set in all of the singles matches. They fought back which shows you something about what kind of a team they are.'
Up next, the Devils will host UCLA on Friday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m.
Auburn 4, Arizona State 3
1. Rameez Junaid (AU) def. Clinton Letcher (ASU) 3-0-- ret. inj.
2. Pim Van Mele (ASU) def. Andy Colombo (AU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. Gabor Zoltan Pelva (AU) def. Chris Stewart (ASU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Rodrigo Minozzo (AU) def. Chris Letcher (ASU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
5. Olivier Charroin (ASU) def. Markus Schiller (AU) 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4)
6. Ryan McBride (ASU) def. Tom George (AU) 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5)
1. Junaid/Colombo (AU) def. Stewart/Charroin (ASU) 8-4
2. Zoltan Pelva/Minozzo (AU) def. Letcher/Letcher (ASU) 9-8 (5)
3. Van Mele/McBride (ASU) def. Schiller/George (AU) 9-8 (5)