Men's Tennis Hits the Road to Face Oregon and Washington

April 6, 2005

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The Arizona State University men's tennis team (6-11; 0-4 Pac-10) heads to the Northwest this weekend to take on Oregon and Washington in Pac-10 action. The Sun Devils take on the Oregon Ducks (7-13; 0-4 Pac-10) Friday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the Student Tennis Center and No. 12 Washington (15-4; 3-1 Pac-10) Sunday, April 10 at 12:00 at the Bill Quillan Stadium. Both duals will count toward Pac-10 standings.

Oregon is coming off Pac-10 losses to the Los Angeles schools to drop to 0-4 in the Pac-10. The Ducks and Sun Devils enter Friday's match with similar records. The two schools are meeting for the 12th time, with ASU leading the all-time series 9-2. Oregon won the last meeting between the two schools, 4-3, in a match held at the Student Tennis Center.

The ranked Huskies are coming into their home finale second in the Pac-10 and No. 12 in the nation. They bring a 3-1 Pac-10 record into the dual with the Sun Devils. ASU holds a 14-4 all-time series lead over Washington, as the two schools will meet for the 19th time Sunday. Washington won the last meeting, 4-3, in a match held in Seattle.

The Sun Devils fell to Stanford and California last weekend in the last home stand of the season. Both duals saw ASU downed by a score of 6-1. In Friday's dual against Stanford, Ryan McBride earned the Sun Devils lone point with a victory in straight sets at the No. 4 singles position. Saturday's matchup with California, saw Nick Hegarty take the match at No. 5 singles to claim the point for ASU. With the losses the Sun Devils fell to 6-11 and 0-4 in the Pac-10.

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 60-29 (.674) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center, and a 44-25 (.638) mark against non-conference teams.

As a team, Arizona State University moved to a No. 53 ranking in the latest Collegiate rankings administered by the ITA.

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