Men's Tennis Shocks No. 9 USC With a 4-3 Upset

March 12, 2005

Tempe, AZ - The Arizona State Men's Tennis Team returned to action Saturday afternoon to face off against the No. 9 Trojans of USC.

The Sun Devils came out looking to bounce back from Friday's loss to UCLA, and succeeded in doing so, pulling off a 4-3 upset over the stunned Trojans.

The day started off in favor of USC with the only Devil duo of Ryan McBride and Nick Hegarty able to come up with a win in doubles, taking an 8-7(7) win over USC's Kaes Van't Hof and Jarryd Cooper.

Singles looked bleak for the Devils as well as two of the first three matches to finish awarded points to USC.

The Devils battled back though with Ryan McBride beating Trojan Jarryd Cooper 6-2, 6-0 to get the Devils started in their winning streak.

Next up ASU's Clinton Letcher and Jonathan Kinsella defeated Drew Hoskins and Johan Berg, both Devils winning in straight sets.

The match decsion came down to court one's matchup of ASU's Chris Biro versus USC's 24th-ranked Jamil Al-Agba in the only match of the day in which three sets were played.

Biro fell in the first set, but backed by his teammates and fans rallied to take the next two sets from Al-Agba.

The Sun Devils improve to 6-3 on the season and look to return to action on Tuesday, March 15th against Clemson (16-2).

The match is set to kick off at 1:30 p.m. at Clemson.

Results for Arizona State versus No. 9 Southern California

Doubles:

1.) #25 Al-Agba/Berg (USC) def. Beatty/Letcher (ASU) - 8-3

2.) Hoskins/Loucks (USC) def. Biro/Kinsella (ASU) - 8-5

3.) Hegarty/McBride (ASU) def. Cooper/Van't Hof (USC) - 8-7(7)

Singles:

1.) Christopher Biro (ASU) def. #24 Jamil Al-Agba (USC) - 6-7, 6-2, 6-2

2.) Jonathan Kinsella (ASU) def. Johan Berg (USC) 6-4, 6-3

3.) Clinton Letcher (ASU) def. #54 Drew Hoskins (USC) - 6-2, 7-5

4.) Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. Nick Hegarty (ASU) - 6-1, 6-4

5.) Adam Loucks (USC) def. Mike Beatty (ASU) - 6-4, 7-6(1)

6.) Ryan McBride (ASU) def. Jarryd Cooper (USC) - 6-2, 6-0

Final Score: ASU 4, USC 3

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