Men's Tennis Heads To Stanford For NCAA Regional Action

May 7, 2003

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ON TAP: The Arizona State men's tennis team (9-11) will play in its ninth NCAA Regional in the past 10 seasons when they travel to Stanford, California to compete in the first and second round regional hosted by Stanford. The Sun Devils will begin first round action against Fresno State (17-8) on Saturday, May 10 at 9:00 a.m. while fifth-seeded Stanford (21-3) will take on Oral Roberts (8-14-1) in the other first round match at 12:00 p.m. The two first round winners will then play on Sunday, May 11 at 12:00 p.m. with the winner advancing to the NCAA 16-Team Championship in Athens, Georgia, May 17-20.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: This will be Arizona State's 17th NCAA appearance ... ASU holds a 9-11 overall match record in the NCAA Tournament ... the Sun Devils have advanced to four Round of 16 team championships (1988, 1990, 1995, 1999) and two quarterfinals (1978, 1991).

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 16 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 12 of the last 16 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. 32 in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, administered by the ITA. In doubles, the duo of Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart are No. 28, while Pim Van Mele holds a No. 89 ranking in singles.

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 10 of this year's opponents were ranked in the top-25. The Pac-10 comprises five of the nation's top-21 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. 28 in the country by the ITA and earned a berth into this year's NCAA doubles championships, 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 34-13. They are 7-6 in dual action this year at the No. 1 slot with a 17-8 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 15-5 overall record.

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