Men's Tennis Falls to Auburn, 5-2

March 18, 2005

AUBURN, Ala. - The Arizona State University men's tennis team was in action against Auburn Friday morning at the Luther Young Tennis Complex, dropping the dual to the Tigers, 5-2. The Sun Devils fall to 6-5 with the loss, while Auburn improves to 9-4 on the season.

ASU took the early lead over Auburn, winning two of the three doubles matches to claim the first point of the day. Action finished first on Court No. 1, with the Tigers' duo of Gabor Zoltan Pelva and Alex Schweizer topping ASU's Christopher Biro and Jonathan Kinsella, 8-2. The Sun Devils tandem of Clinton Letcher and Mike Beatty responded on Court No. 2, defeating Auburn's pair of Nick Lane and Robbert Lathouwers, 8-2. Clinching the doubles point for the Sun Devils was the team of Nick Hegarty and Ryan McBride as they overcame the Tigers' duo of Tom George and Brett Hunter, 8-4, on Court No. 3.

The Sun Devils were unable to hold the lead, as the Tigers won five of six matches to come back from the early deficit and take the dual. ASU's Beatty took the lone singles match for the Sun Devils, as he overpowered Auburn's Hunter in a hard-fought three set match, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, at the No. 6 singles position.

In other singles action, action at the No. 1 singles spot saw Pelva upend ASU's Biro in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. Next off the court was ASU's McBride, playing in the No. 4 spot, as he was defeated by Lathouwers, 6-2, 6-4. The Sun Devils were able to push the rest of the singles matches to three sets but the Tigers' proved too strong as they took the final set to claim victory. The Sun Devils Kinsella pushed Lane to a third set at the No. 3 singles position, but Lane battled back to take the point, 6-4, 5-6, 6-1. At the No. 2 spot. ASU's Letcher took the first set but Szchweizer took the final two sets to overpower Letcher, 6-7, 6-0, 6-4. Rounding out the action was Hegarty, playing in the No. 5 position, as he pushed George to a third set but eventually fell, 6-2, 3-6,6-2 to give Auburn their fifth point of the day.

The Arizona State University men's tennis team is back in action next week as they host Georgia Tech Tuesday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m. and Tulane, Wednesday, March 23 at 1:30 p.m. Both duals will be held at the Whiteman Tennis Center.

#31 Auburn 5, #27 Arizona State 2

Singles competition:
1. Gabor Zoltan Pelva (AUBURN) def. Christopher Biro (ASU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Alex Schweizer (AUBURN) def. Clint Letcher (ASU) 6-7, 6-0, 6-4
3. Nick Lane (AUBURN) def. Jonathan Kinsella (ASU) 6-4, 5-6, 6-1
4. Robbert Lathouwers (AUBURN) def. Ryan McBride (ASU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Tom George (AUBURN) def. Nick Hegarty (ASU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
6. Mike Beatty (ASU) def. Brett Hunter (AUBURN) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

Doubles competition:
1. Pelva/ Schweizer (AUBURN) def. Biro/ Kinsella (ASU) 8-2
2. Letcher/Beatty (ASU) def. Lane/Lathouwers (AUBURN) 8-2
3. Hegarty/McBride (ASU) def. George/Hunter (AUBURN) 8-4
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 3, 2, 5, 6

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