Men's Tennis Upends No. 26 California, 4-3, In Pac-10 Action

Feb. 13, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. - The Arizona State University (3-1, 1-1) men's tennis team took on No. 26 California (3-2, 0-2) Sunday morning at the Hellman Tennis Center, defeating the Golden Bears, 4-3. The match originally began on Friday, February 11, but was postponed due to poor weather. The Sun Devils trailed the Golden Bears, 2-1, entering Sunday's continuation.

California picked up the doubles point in play on Friday, sweeping all three matches. The tandem of Andy Colombo and Jonathan Kinsella fell to the Golden Bear duo of Patrick Briaud and Conor Niland, 8-3, on court one. On court two Clinton Letcher and Mike Beatty were defeated by California's Daniel Sebescen and Tyler Browne, 8-5. Ryan McBride and Christopher Biro dropped the doubles decision on court three to John Pettit and Ken Nakahara, 8-4, to complete the sweep for the Golden Bears.

In singles action, the Sun Devils picked up four of the six matches to claim the come from behind victory over the Golden Bears. On Court three, Kinsella overcame Briaud in three sets, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 to earn the victory while Letcher downed Browne, 6-4, 6-4, to secure the point on court four for ASU. The Sun Devils' Nick Hegarty defeated Wallace in two sets, 6-4, 7-6, in the No. 5 singles spot and rounding out the afternoon was Beatty, overcoming Pettit in three sets, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 to earn the singles point at the No. 6 spot.

The Golden Bears claimed singles' wins at the No.1 and No.2 positions. California's Niland defeated Colombo in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, to give the Bears the 2-1 lead at the end of Friday's competition. Sebescen came back from dropping the first set to Biro on court two securing the point, winning, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The Sun Devils return home to face BYU, Saturday, February 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the Whiteman Tennis Center.

Arizona Sate 4, No. 26 California 3

Complete Results
1. (Cal) Briaud / Niland d. (ASU) Colombo / Kinsella, 8-3
2. (Cal) Sebescen / Browne d. (ASU) Letcher / Beatty, 8-5
3. (Cal) Pettit / Nakahara d. (ASU) McBride / Biro, 8-4

1. (Cal) Niland d. (ASU) Colombo, 6-1; 6-1
2. (Cal) Sebescen d. (ASU) Biro, 3-6; 6-3; 6-4
3. (ASU) Kinsella d. (Cal) Briaud, 7-5; 2-6; 6-4
4. (ASU) Letcher d. (Cal) Browne, 6-4; 6-4
5. (ASU) Hegarty d. (Cal) Wallace, 6-4; 7-6
6. (ASU) Beatty d. (Cal) Pettit, 7-5; 2-6; 6-3

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