Arizona State University Men's Tennis Hosts NAU and Arizona

Feb. 22, 2005

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After a weekend of rain cancelled the dual meet scheduled against BYU, the Arizona State University men's tennis team (3-1, 1-1Pac-10) is back in action this week at the Whiteman Tennis Center, playing host to Northern Arizona, Wednesday, February 23 at 1:30 p.m. and intrastate rival Arizona, Friday, February 25 at 1:30 p.m.

The Sun Devils take on the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona, Wednesday afternoon. ASU leads the all-time series against NAU, 31-0. The two teams squared off last season in a mid-season dual in Tempe that saw the Sun Devils defeat the Lumberjacks, 7-0.

ASU takes on their intrastate rival, Arizona, on Friday afternoon. Arizona leads the all time-series against Arizona State, 54-30. Last season, Arizona overcame ASU in both matches. The Wildcats defeated the Sun Devils, 6-1, in Tucson and upended ASU, 5-2, in the final dual meet of the season. This match will not count against Pac-10 standings.

The weekend dual against BYU at the Whiteman Tennis Center, scheduled for Friday, February 18 was cancelled due to continuous rain. The Sun Devils opened up Pac-10 competition February 11-13, 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.

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 jumped from No. 34 to No. 27 in the latest Collegiate rankings administered by the ITA.

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