Men's Tennis Hosts San Diego; Travels To The Bay Area
March 4, 2002
ON TAP: The Arizona State men's tennis team (5-2, 1-0 Pac-10) play hosts to the University of San Diego (3-6) on Wednesday, March 6 at 1:30 p.m. The Sun Devils will then travel to the Bay Area to face 11th-ranked California (7-3, 0-0 Pac-10) on Friday, March 8 at 1:30 p.m. and third-ranked Stanford (9-1, 0-0 Pac-10) on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. The duals against Cal and Stanford will not count toward the Pac-10 standings.
LAST TIME ON THE COURT: Arizona State dominated in-state rival Arizona in Tucson, sweeping all three doubles matches and all six singles matches. ASU dropped only two sets the entire dual. Arizona State opened the dual by taking all three doubles matches for the first point. The duo of Clinton Letcher and Pim Van Mele earned an easy 8-0 win on the No. 2 court over UA's Whi Kim and Tom Lloyd. In singles play, Matt Klinger hung on for a tough three set win, including two tiebreakers over Steven Capriati, 6-3, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (5). Letcher defeated Lloyd on the No. 3 court, while Van Mele posted his team-leading 12th win with a 7-6 (8), 7-5 win over Kim. Playing in only his second singles match and first dual this year, ASU's Mitchell Bowen capped the victory in straight sets over Colin O'Grady, 6-2, 7-6.
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, including a 3-2 record this year, Arizona State holds a 63-27 (.700) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Senior Mirza Duranovic has claimed 95 career singles victories ... senior Matt Klinger holds a .689 career winning percentage in singles, recording a 71-32 mark ... in its five victories this year, ASU has outscored its opponents 33-2 ... ASU has won five of the seven doubles points this year ... Coach Lou Belken is eight wins shy of 250 ... ASU is a combined 12-2 at the No. 2 and 3 singles slots.