Men's Tennis Open's Dual Season Hosting Utah

Feb. 4, 2002

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ON TAP: The Arizona State men's tennis team (0-0) will begin the 2002 campaign, hosting the University of Utah (2-0) on Wednesday, February 6 at 1:30 p.m. All home matches are played at the Whiteman Tennis Center/Robson Player Facility located on the corner of Sixth Street and Rural Road.

2001 IN REVIEW: Finished the season with a 10-12 overall record...tied for fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 3-4 record...advanced to NCAA Regional action for the 10th time and the seventh time in the past eight years...ASU, a No.2 seed, loss 4-1 to No. 3 seed Vanderbilt in the regional's first round at College Station, Texas...ranked in the top-25 for most of the year, reaching as high as 21st...posted a 6-3 non-conference record and a 9-5 record at home...defeated the University of Arizona for the 11th straight year at home as well as sweeping the series...senior Nic Dubey and junior Mirza Duranovic each achieved their 80th career singles victory...junior Matt Klinger set a career high for singles wins in a season with 22...Duranovic recorded a team-leading 27 wins...six of ASU's 12 losses were by just one point...10 of ASU's 22 duals were against top-25 teams, while nine duals were against team's ranked in the top-13...Olivier Charroin and Pim Van Mele advanced to the championship match of the Pac-10 doubles championship...Dubey earned second team All-Pac-10 honors...Van Mele garnered Academic All-Pac-10 honors.

NEW FACES WITH A DOWN UNDER LOOK: This year's team welcomes five new players. Michael Faust (Jr./Sydney, Australia) will redshirt the 2002 season after transferring from UC Santa Barbara, Clinton Letcher (Fr./Melbourne, Australia) was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon in junior doubles, Rodney Rapson (Fr./Melbourne, Australia) recorded a 28-4 singles record and a 17-9 doubles mark in high school, Chris Stewart (So./Adelaide, Australia) transferred last spring from Georgia State, Jonathan Stott (So./Yorkville, Illinois) played a season at New Mexico before coming to Tempe.

HEAD COACH LOU BELKEN: In his 20th season as head coach, Lou Belken has produced 14 All-Americans, including NCAA singles champion and ATP professional Sargis Sargsian. Belken also becomes only the 12th coach (currently only the second active) in Arizona State athletic history to achieve the 20 season milestone. Belken, the 1999 Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year and Region VIII Coach of the Year, has guided the Sun Devils to NCAA postseason berths in 11 of the last 15 seasons, including a berth into the NCAA round of 16 in 1988, '90, '91 (quarterfinals), '95 and '99.

HOME SWEET HOME: Over the past five seasons, Arizona State holds a 60-25 (.706) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Senior Mirza Duranovic has claimed 87 singles victories ... senior Matt Klinger holds a .678 career winning percentage in singles, recording a 61-29 mark ... Klinger also set a career-high with 22 victories last year ... ASU plays seven of its first eight duals at home, as well as the last four.

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