No. 26 Sun Devils Host Cal and Stanford in Pac-10 Opener
March 4, 2008
The No. 26 Sun Devils open Pac-10 play this weekend when they host the Pac-10 Bay Area teams, Cal and Stanford. The Sun Devils are 7-0 right now and look to keep their winning streak going.
Sun Devils in the Rankings
The ASU men's tennis team is currently ranked 26th nationally. Andres Arango is ranked in the top 50 at No. 49. Arango is 5-2 in singles and has played in the No. 2 spot every meet. The Sun Devils No. 1 doubles team of Matt Brooklyn and T.J. Bellama are currently No. 31 in the country.
Although behind in the overall series with both teams, the Sun Devils upset Stanford and California last season at Whiteman Tennis Center. The Sun Devils beat Stanford 6-1 for their second all-time win against the Cardinal.
The Sun Devils travel to Georgia next week to compete against Clemson and Georgia Tech.
The Sun Devils kept their winning streak going with wins over Brigham Young and Loyola Marymount. The Sun Devils topped BYU 7-0 and defeated the Lions 6-1.
To Be the Best...
As always, the Sun Devils will play one of the toughest schedules in the country, possibly the toughest in program history this year, combining a strong non-conference slate with the always powerful Pac-10 Conference schedule.
With the Sun Devils win over Auburn, 26th year Head Coach Lou Belken has now recorded 300 wins as the Sun Devils Head Coach.
Streaking Devils --
Matt Brooklyn and John Nanosky II are currently undefeated in dual match singles play. Brooklyn has played every match in the number one position while Nanosky has enjoyed perfection at the number six spot. Brooklyn is currently 7-0 while Nanosky is 6-1.
Pac-10 Player of the Week-
Matt Brooklyn was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 11-17. Brooklyn, playing out of the No. 1 position in singles, remained undefeated (5-0) over the weekend to lead the Sun Devils to victories on the road over Marquette and Northwestern and maintain their undefeated record in dual match play (5-0). On Saturday, Brooklyn battled back from a set down to take his match against Trent Hagan of Marquette 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-7), leading the Sun Devils to a 4-3 victory. In Sunday's 6-1 team victory over Northwestern, Brooklyn defeated Northwestern's top player, Marc Dwyer, 6-2, 7-5.