Men's Tennis Hosts Texas Tech And Rice

Feb. 12, 2002

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ON TAP: The Arizona State men's tennis team (1-0) will continue its six-dual home stand, hosting Texas Tech (2-0) on Thursday, February 14 at 1:30 p.m. and Rice University (2-0) on Saturday at 12:00 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. Arizona State holds a 5-1 all-time record against Texas Tech, while the series against the Rice Owls is knotted a one a piece.

LAST TIME ON THE COURT: Arizona State opened the 2002 season on the winning track with a 7-0 shutout over Utah at the Whiteman Tennis Center. The Sun Devils opened the dual by winning all three of the doubles matches for the first point. The team of Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart finished first on the No. 3 court with an 8-3 victory over Utah's Jonathan Engelbrecht and Corrie Scheepers. ASU clinched the doubles point on the No. 2 court when Clinton Letcher and Pim Van Mele defeated Daniel Carlsson and Tyler Poulson, 8-5. In singles action, the Sun Devils won all six matches in straight sets with Stewart and Letcher picking up their first career singles wins.

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 61-25 (.709) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Senior Mirza Duranovic has claimed 93 singles victories ... senior Matt Klinger holds a .690 career winning percentage in singles, recording a 67-30 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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