Men's Tennis Returns Home to Face BYU

Feb. 15, 2005

The Arizona State University men's tennis team (3-1, 1-1Pac-10) returns home for a non-conference dual with BYU (4-3) Saturday, February 19, at 11:00 a.m. at the Whiteman Tennis Center.

ASU takes on BYU for the 20th time Saturday at the Whiteman Tennis Center. The Cougars lead the all time series against ASU, 6-13. The Sun Devils last took on the Cougars in 2004, where the Sun Devils defeated BYU, 5-2, in Tempe. Last year's match-up saw ASU come back and win five of six singles match-up after dropping the doubles point to BYU. Christopher Biro, Ryan McBride, Clinton Letcher and Jonathan Kinsella overcame their opponents in the dual last season.

The Sun Devils opened up Pac-10 competition last weekend, taking on No. 26 California and No. 7 Stanford. ASU was down, 2-1, heading into Sunday's continuation after Friday's match was postponed due to weather. The Sun Devils took four of the six singles' matches to claim the, 4-3, victory over the Golden Bears. Kinsella, Letcher, Nick Hegarty and Mike Beatty earned the ASU victories. Saturday's match-up with the Cardinal, saw the Sun Devils upended, 5-2. Hegarty and Beatty earned points for ASU in the singles' matches at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions. Hegarty has started the 2005 season with a 4-0 record while Beatty begins his career as a Sun Devil, 2-0.

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 Colombo, 7-6, 3-6, 6-1, ending the fall season with an 11-match winning streak. Colombo 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 University begins jumped in the rankings from No. 34 to No. 27 in the latest Collegiate rankings administered by the ITA.

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