Men's Tennis Upsets No. 11 University of Washington Huskies, 4-3

April 4, 2003

Tempe, AZ- The Arizona State Men's Tennis Team pushed their record to 7-9 for the season and 3-1 in Pac-10 play Friday afternoon with a 4-3 upset over the No. 11 Huskies of Washington (14-2, 0-2 Pac-10), extending their all-time lead over the Huskies to 14-2.

Though the Sun Devils started off rough, with only Pim Van Mele and Ryan McBride winning their doubles set 9-8(7) over UW's Christoph Palmanshofer and Peter Scharler, the Devils had not yet shown the Huskies what they were capable of.

Singles is where it seemed to fall together for the Sun Devils as Olivier Charroin immedately stepped up to defeat Christoph Palmanshofer 6-1, 6-1, which was the start of the Devils' momentum.

Up next, Chris Stewart beat Fred Sundsten 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, while fellow Devil Chris Letcher ran off with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over UW's Ari Strasberg.

In the final, and deciding match of the day, ASU's Ryan McBride played an intense match versus UW's Dillon Ruby, which McBride finally won, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, and sealed the victory for the Devils.

Up next the Sun Devils will face the (8-7, 0-2 Pac-10) Ducks of Oregon on Saturday afternoon at ASU's Whiteman Tennis Center.

The match is set to begin at 12 noon, with the Sun Devils looking to keep their current momentum going against the Ducks whom they have an all-time record of 8-1 against.

Results for Arizona State versus the No. 11 University of Washington


1.) #7 Alex Vlaski (UW) def. Pim Van Mele (ASU) 6-3, 7-5

2.) #19 Matt Hanlin (UW) def. Clinton Letcher (ASU) 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-1

3.) Chris Stewart (ASU) def. Fred Sundsten (UW) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

4.) Chris Letcher (ASU) def. Ari Strasberg (UW) 7-5, 6-1

5.) Olivier Charroin (ASU) def. Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) 6-1, 6-3

6.) Ryan McBride (ASU) def. Dillon Ruby (UW) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4


1.) #53 Strasberg/Vlaski (UW) def. Chris Letcher/Stewart (ASU) 9-8(8)

2.) Hanlin/Ruby (UW) def. Clinton Letcher/Charroin (ASU) 8-6

3.) McBride/Van Mele (ASU) def. Palmanshofer/Scharler (UW) 9-8(7)

Final Score ASU 4, UW 3

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