Men's Tennis Travels to Pac-10 Championships

April 19, 2005

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ON TAP: The Arizona State University men's tennis team (8-12;2-5Pac-10) heads to the Pac-10 Championships held Thursday-Sunday, April 21-24 in Ojai, Calif. The Championships will determine the league's singles and doubles champions.

ASU/PAC-10 NOTES: The Pac-10 Championship field will comprise all eight teams from the conference...a 32-player singles draw shall consist of three players from each school with five additional competitors selected by a committe of coaches, based upon the participants record...ASU's Andy Colombo, Christopher Biro, Clinton Letcher and Jonathan Kinsella will compete in the singles main draw...Mike Beatty, Nick Hegarty and Ryan McBride will play in the invitational draw for the Sun Devils...The Pac-10s will also have a 16-team doubles draw that will include one team from each school and seven additional teams selected the same way as singles...the tandems of Colombo/Beatty and Letcher/Kinsella will compete in the doubles main draw...the duo of McBride/Hegarty will see action in the invitational draw...to view the draws and follow the tournament's progress log onto www.ojaitourney.org.

LAST TIME OUT: The Sun Devils ended the regular season in winning fashion, defeating their intrastate and Pac-10 rival the University of Arizona, 4-3, in a dual held in Tucson. The Sun Devils took the early leading capturing the doubles point and saw singles victories from Chrisopher Biro at the No. 4 singles position, Ryan McBride at the No. 5 singles spot and Nick Hegarty at the No. 6 position. The win i nTucson put the Sun Devils 1-1 against the Wildcats this season and improved their Pac-10 record to 2-5.

DOMINATING DUO: The Sun Devils tandem of Nick Hegarty and Ryan McBride are making some noise for ASU in doubles and singles action this season. The tandem has complied an 8-6 doubles record, which leads the team, and a 3-3 Pac-10 record. Individually, both Hegarty and McBride have a 4-3 Pac-10 singles record. McBride leads the team with a 8-5 overall dual record while Hegarty takes a 10-9 record into the Pac-10 Championships.

BIDDING FAREWELL: ASU seniors Andy Colombo and Clinton Letcher took to the courts Saturday in their final regular season dual as a Sun Devil. Colombo, who transferred to ASU from Auburn, has been plagued by injury since his arrival in Tempe. He is back in action in both singles and doubles action, playing in the No. 1 spot for the Sun Devils. Letcher has been playing at the No. 2 singles spot for the Sun Devils in recent duals and ends the regular dual meet season with a 10-10 record.

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 60-29 (.674) 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. 46 ranking in the latest Collegiate rankings administered by the ITA.

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