Men's Tennis Hosts Memphis, UCLA and USC This Week

March 7, 2005

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After a week off, the Arizona State University men's tennis team (4-2, 1-1 Pac-10) return to the courts this week to host Memphis, UCLA and USC. ASU takes on the Memphis (4-6, 2-1 C-USA) Wednesday, March 9 at 1:30 p.m., No. 4 UCLA (12-2) Friday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m. and No. 17 USC (6-5) Saturday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m. All matches will be held at the Whiteman Tennis Center. The duals against UCLA and USC will count toward Pac-10 standings.

The Sun Devils take on the Tigers of Memphis Wednesday afternoon at the Whiteman Tennis Center to mark the first meeting between the two schools.

ASU battles UCLA in Pac-10 action Friday afternoon marking the first match of the 2004-05 season. The Bruins and Sun Devils last met in Los Angeles when ASU fell, 7-0 to UCLA in a conference match-up. In the first dual between the two schools, ASU defeated the then No. 2 Bruins, 5-2. Clinton Letcher and Jonathan Kinsella won their singles matches, to lead the Sun Devils over the Bruins for only the second time in the history of the series.

The Sun Devils host the Trojans in Pac-10 action Saturday afternoon for the first of two duals in the 2004-05 season. ASU dropped both duals to USC, falling 7-0 and 6-1 to the Trojans. Jonathan Kinsella came out on top in singles play for the Sun Devils in the match-up in Tempe last season.

The Sun Devils were last in action February 23, against Northern Arizona and February 25, against the University of Arizona. ASU topped NAU, 6-1, in a match held at the Whiteman Tennis Center. The Sun Devils swept the doubles portion and had singles wins from Christopher Biro, Andy Colombo, Jonathan Kinsella, Clinton Letcher and Nick Hegarty to defeat the Lumberjacks. In the dual against Arizona, ASU surrendered the doubles point and were unable to fight back in singles, falling 5-2 to the Wildcats. Kinsella and Letcher won their singles matches at No. 3 and No.4 singles, respectively.

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. 26 in the latest Collegiate rankings administered by the ITA.

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