No. 15 Sun Devils Head to Atlanta for Two Matches with 9-0 Record
March 11, 2008
The No. 15 Arizona State men's tennis team travels to Atlanta this week to take on No. 52 Clemson and No. 40 Georgia Tech. The Sun Devils take on the Tigers on Wednesday and the Yellow Jackets on Friday. The Sun Devils are currently on a 9-0 winning streak and look to improve to 11-0 after this weekend.
Sun Devils in the Rankings
With a record of 9-0, the ASU men's tennis team is currently ranked 15th nationally. This is the highest ranking the Sun Devils have earned since the 1999 season. Individually, Andres Arango is ranked No. 49 while the duo of T.J. Bellama and Matt Brooklyn are ranked No. 31.
The Sun Devils lead the overall series over the Tigers 5-3 but are seeking their first win over the Yellow Jackets this week.
The Sun Devils head to Tucson to take on rival Arizona in a non-conference match.
The Sun Devils defeated No. 38 California and No. 32 Stanford to keep their record unblemished. Juan Carlos Rebaza and Harry Skinner each won both of their singles matches on the weekend. The doubles team of Andres Arango and Skinner, as well as John Nanosky II and Wes Miller also went 2-0 on the weekend.
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. He has since tabbed six more wins and has had 306 dual victories in his coaching career.
Juan Carlos Rebaza was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of March 3-9. Rebaza had a successful weekend and has proven to be a big reason why the Sun Devils are currently undefeated. The senior swept through both of his singles matches this past weekend. Against Pierre Mouillon of California, Rebaza battled back from dropping the second set to take the match thanks to a spirited performance in the tiebreaker, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (4). Rebaza upset No. 85 Richard Wire of Stanford the following day in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. This is the first weekly honor for Rebaza.
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.