Men's Tennis Hosts No. 16 Stanford and No. 36 California
March 30, 2005
ON TAP: The Arizona State University men's tennis team returns home this week after a trip to the Los Angeles schools last weekend. The Sun Devils play host to No. 16 Stanford (9-7, 1-1 Pac-10), Friday April 1 at 1:30 p.m. and No. 36 California (7-8, 1-1 Pac-10) Saturday, April 2 at 1:00 p.m. Both duals will be held at the Whiteman Tennis Center and will count toward Pac-10 standings.
ASU VS. STANFORD: Stanford is coming off a tough loss to No. 2 Illinois, where they fell to the Fighting Illini, 4-3. The Sun Devils and Cardinal are meeting for the second time this season. The Cardinal are 9-7 heading into this weekend's matchup with ASU. Stanford won the first dual between the two schools, February 12 at the Taube Tennis Center, 5-2. Nick Hegarty and Mike Beatty won their singles matches for ASU. The Cardinal men are led by No. 2 Sam Warburg and No. 33 KC Corkery.
ASU VS. CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears are coming off a tough loss against No. 19 Washington, where they fell 4-3 to go 1-1 in the Pac-10. ASU takes on California for the second time this season Saturday afternoon. The Sun Devils claimed the upset victory over California in a dual at the Hellman Tennis Center, February 11, 4-3. Jonathan Kinsella, Clinton Letcher, Nick Hegarty and Mike Beatty earned points in No. 3-6 singles positions to claim the come back victory.
LAST TIME OUT: The Sun Devils opened Pac-10 action last weekend on the road against the Los Angeles schools, dropping both duals to go to 0-2 in the Pac-10. ASU took on USC March 25 at the Marks Tennis Stadium, dropping the dual 6-1 to the Trojans. Nick Hegarty took the singles match at No. 6 singles to earn the point for the Sun Devils. The duo of Hegarty and Ryan McBride upended the USC tandem, 8-4, for the win at No. 3 doubles. ASU followed up against UCLA, falling to the Bruins 7-0 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, March 26.
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 60-27 (.690) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center, and a 44-25 (.638) mark against non-conference teams.
DEVILS IN THE RANKINGS: As a team, Arizona State University moved to a No. 38 ranking in the latest Collegiate rankings administered by the ITA.