Men's Tennis Heads East to Take On No. 36 Clemson and No. 20 Auburn
March 14, 2005
ON TAP: Coming off an upset victory over No.9 USC, the Arizona State University men's tennis team heads east to battle against No. 36 Clemson (17-2, 3-0 ACC) and No. 20 Auburn (8-4, 0-4 SEC). The Sun Devils take on Clemson Tuesday, March 15 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center and Auburn Friday, March 18 at 9:30 a.m. at the Luther Young Tennis Complex.
ASU VS. CLEMSON: Tuesday's matchup between the Sun Devils and the Tigers of Clemson will mark the seventh dual between the two schools. The teams last meet last year in a dual held in Tempe, Ariz. that saw the Sun Devils come out on top, 5-2. Andy Colombo, Christopher Biro, Clinton Letcher, Jonathan Kinsella and Ryan McBride earned singles victories over the Tigers last season to secure the win. ASU leads the all-time series with Clemson, 5-1.
ASU VS. AUBURN: ASU battles Auburn Friday afternoon for the tenth time in the series history. The Sun Devils and Tigers met last season in a dual held in Tempe, Ariz. that saw ASU top Auburn, 4-3. The Sun Devils picked up the early lead winning the doubles point and had victories by Jonathan Kinsella and Christopher Biro to claim the win. ASU leads the all-time series over Auburn, 7-2.
LAST TIME OUT: The Sun Devils were in action three times over the last week as they played host to Memphis, UCLA and USC. ASU came out of the three-dual week, 2-1. First up for ASU was Memphis, who came to Tempe Wednesday, March 9. The Sun Devils topped the Tigers, 5-2. ASU took the early lead, claiming the doubles point and then had singles victories by Andy Colombo, Clinton Letcher, Nick Hegarty and Mike Beatty to earn the win. The Sun Devils then battled against Pac-10 foe, No. 8 UCLA, where they were downed, 7-0, by the Bruins. ASU bounced back against No. 9 USC, Saturday, March 12, where they upset the Trojans, 4-3. The Sun Devils were led to victory with singles wins by Christopher Biro, Jonathan Kinsella, Clinton Letcher and Ryan McBride.
NEW FACES: 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.
HOME SWEET HOME: Over the past five seasons, Arizona State holds an impressive 60-25 (.706) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center, and a 44-21 (.677) mark against non-conference teams.
DEVILS IN THE RANKINGS: As a team, Arizona State University fell to a No. 33 ranking in the latest Collegiate rankings administered by the ITA.