Men's Tennis to Host Pac-10 Foes, #9 UCLA and USC

March 29, 2006

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Match Point:

The Sun Devils are looking to turn around a four-match losing streak, after last weekend's loss to Arizona.  The Sun Devils came out to win the first match of the day with the Devil duo of Jonathan Kinsella and Ryan Waits defeating UA's Jeff Groslimond and Claudio Christen, 8-5, though their fellow teammates were unable to answer as the Wildcats took the doubles point from ASU. In singles, only one Sun Devil was able to secure points for ASU as Wes Miller in the six-spot beat Peter Zimmer 6-3, 6-2, with the Devils falling 6-1 in the match.

 

On Tap:

Next up, the Sun Devils will face off against Pac-10 foes, the ninth-ranked UCLA Bruins (11-4) and the USC Trojans (7-8).  The Bruins are coming off a break for finals and spring break with the Trojans coming off of a 5-2 win over the UNLV Rebels. The Bruins currently have five players ranked by the ITA in singles with Benjamin Kohlloeffel leading the way, ranked #2 in the nation. The Bruins also claim the fourth-ranked doubles duo of Benjamin Kohlloeffel and Phillipp Gruendler. The Trojans duo of Jamil Al-Agba and Dejan Cvetkovic have also breeched the rankings at #45. Both matches will count towards Pac-10 standings.

 

Series History:

Both the Bruins and Trojans currently lead the series history over the Devils with ASU falling 6-1 against both in their last meetings in California in February.

 

Home Sweet Home:

Currently the Sun Devils are 6-3 on their home courts at ASU's Whiteman Tennis Center, and for the past six years have posted a 65-35 (.650) overall dual record at home and a 48-27 (.640) record at home against non-conference teams.

 

In the Sweet Six-Spot:

Thus far this season, the Sun Devils have compiled winning percentage of 80% in the six-spot, where thus far on the season they have only lost three matches.

 

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Time-tested Leadership:

In his 24th 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 third active, including the Women's Tennis Coach, Sheila McInerney and Gymnastics' Coach, John Spini) in ArizonaState athletic history to achieve the 20 season milestone.

 

The Votes Are In:

The Devils are currently ranked 55 in the ITA Fila Rankings, falling from their last ranking of 54. They finished last season ranked 50 by the ITA. Sun Devil junior, Jonathan Kinsella has also jumped into the rankings at #85.

 

Tough Schedule/Tougher Conference:

The Devils as always find themselves competing against some of the best teams in the world, in one of the hardest tennis conferences in the nation in the Pac-10. Currently, four of the eight Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 25.

 

Depth Chart:

The Devils have a great roster this year as they have five returning players with an older cast of one senior, Ryan McBride, and three juniors: Christopher Biro, Jonathan Kinsella and Nick Hegarty. The roster also includes two sophomores, one returning from last year, Mike Beatty and transfer from Miami, Ryan Waits. Three freshmen also round out the roster, T.J. Bellama, Will Grist and Wes Miller, who have already jumped in to impact the Devils immediately.

 

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