Men's Tennis Heads To The Pac-10 Championships

April 23, 2003

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ON TAP: The Arizona State men's tennis team (9-11, 3-3 Pac-10) will begin postseason action as they travel to Ojai, California to compete in the Pac-10 Championships, Thursday, April 24 through Sunday, April 27. This is an individual and doubles tournament, not a team competition.

PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The event will be held in conjunction with the 103rd annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament ... there will be two flights (championship and invitational) with a 32-player singles draw and 16-team doubles draw in each flight ... in the singles championship flight, Arizona State entered senior Pim Van Mele, juniors Chris Stewart and Olivier Charroin and freshman Chris Letcher ... in the singles invitational flight, the Sun Devils entered freshman Ryan McBride ... the doubles championship fight includes Charroin and Stewart along with McBride and Van Mele ... Sargis Sargsian (1995) and Gustavo Marcaccio (1999) each advanced to the Pac-10 singles championship ... complete results from this weekend's competition will be posted on www.pac-10.org and on http://www.ojaitourney.com.

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. 34 in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, administered by the ITA. In doubles, the duo of Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart are No. 38. Pim Van Mele keeps making his way up the singles rankings to No. 76.

SCHEDULE STRENGTH: Once again the Devils faced 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.

DOUBLES SUCCESS: The doubles team of juniors Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart's success last season has continued into this season. The pair, currently ranked No. 34 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 32-12. They are 7-6 in dual action this year at the No. 1 slot with a 15-7 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 just as strong at the No. 3 slot where they have lost only three times at 12-3. The duo are also 2-1 at the No. 2 slot for a 14-4 overall record.

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