Men's Tennis Falls to #15 Clemson, 5-2

March 13, 2006

Tempe, Ariz. - The ASU Men's Tennis Team jumped into action again today as they took on the #15 Clemson Tigers in a tough match which saw the Tigers prevailing with a 5-2 win over the Sun Devils.

 

The match kicked off with doubles competition which saw Ryan McBride return to action after being injured several weeks, as he teamed up with Jonathan Kinsella to take on Clemson's Jarmaine Jenkins and Clement Reix, where the Devils played solid, but were still topped by CU 8-6.

 

In the two-spot the Sun Devil duo of Mike Beatty and T.J. Bellama played well, but were unable to top CU's Sander Koning and Brett Twente as they fell 8-5, clinching the doubles point for Clemson.

 

A bright spot for the Devils was their third duo team of Wes Miller and Nick Hegarty who hung tough against the Tigers' Ian Keeler and Ryan Young as ASU took the match in a tie-breaker, 7-6(6).

 

In singles, the Devils tried to rally against the Tigers as every match was pushed to a tie-breaker in at least one set.

 

In the top-spot for the Devils, Jonathan Kinsella took on Clemson's Sander Koning where Kinsella got off to a good start with his menacing serve, but was eventually outlasted by the Tiger in a 6-3, 7-6 loss.

 

Senior, Ryan McBride stepped up to play his first competitive singles match in weeks in the two-spot where he faced off against the Tigers' Clement Reix, though McBride retired in the first set as his injury seemed to plague him again.

 

Christopher Biro stepped up for the Devils in the three-spot as he looked to be back in form, rallying to defeat #84 Jarmaine Jenkins 7-6(3), 6-7(8), 1-0(8).

 

The other point for ASU came from the six-spot as T.J. Bellama came from behind to take down Brett Twente in a 6-7(4), 7-5, 1-0(8) decision.

 

The Devils fall to 6-7 on the season while #15 Clemson rolls on at 16-2.

 

The Devils return to action Saturday as they fly to Honolulu to take on the 3-3 Rainbow Warriors of Hawai'i in a match which will not count towards records or standings.

 

The match is set to kick off at 4 p.m. at the Hawai'i Tennis Complex in Honolulu.

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