Men's Tennis Opens Pac-10 Season At California and Stanford

Feb. 9, 2005

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The Arizona State University men's tennis team (2-0, 0-0 Pac-10) opens the Pac-10 season at California(2-1, 0-1 Pac-10) Friday, February 11 at 1:30 p.m. at the Hellman Tennis Center and at Stanford (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10) Saturday, February 12 at 1:00 p.m. at the Taube Tennis Center.

ASU takes on the California Bears for the first this season on Saturday afternoon. Califofnia is coming off a 4-2 vicotry over San Diego and are looking for their first Pac-10 victory. The were downed by Stanford earlier this season. The Golden Bears are led by No. 21 Conor Niland and No. 27 Daniel Sebescen. ASU fell to California in both meetings between the schools last season.

The Sun Devils and Cardinal are meeting for the frist time this season. The Cardinal have won their first four matches, including a Pac-10 win over California. Stanford is led by senior Sam Warburg and junoir KC Corkery, who are ranked No. 4 and No. 15, respecitvely. Stanford upended the Sun Devils in both meetings between the schools last sesaon.

The Sun Devils opened up the 2005 season at the Whiteman Tennis Center last weekend against New Mexico State and UC Santa Barbara. ASU upended New Mexico State, 7-0, and defeated the Gauchos, 6-1. The Sun Devils dropped only one set to Aggies and won all but two matches against UC Santa Barbara. The Sun Devils are lead at No. 1 singles by Christopher Biro and by the No. 1 doubles team of Andy Columbo and Jonathan Kinsella.

The Sun Devils welcome two new players to the 2005 team. Both players will vie for playing time in both the singles and doubles lineups. Freshman Mike Beatty comes to Tempe from Cincinnati, Ohio while freshman Jeff Moghina is a native to Arizona, coming to ASU from Glendale, Ariz.

The Sun Devils saw much success in the Fall season, as the men claimed the singles and doubles titles at the Milwaukee Invitational. Christopher Biro took the singles title, defeating teammate Andy Columbo, 7-6, 3-6, 6-1, ending the fall season with an 11-match winning streak. Columbo and Jonathan Kinsella claimed the doubles crown, winning four matches enroute to victory. In the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, the Sun Devils Biro took the singles title while the duo of Biro and Nick Hegarty took second-place honors in the doubles tournament. Four of the six returning players ended the fall season with a winning record.

HEAD COACH Lou Belken:
In his 23rd season as head coach, Lou Belken has produced 14 All-Americans and 17 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.

Over the past five seasons, Arizona State holds an impressive 58-24 (.707) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center, and a 43-21 (.672) mark against non-conference teams.

As a team, Arizona State begins the 2005 season at No. 34 in the Collegiate rankings administered by the ITA.

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