Men's Tennis Hosts Loyola Marymount And Utah
Feb. 4, 2003
ON TAP: The Arizona State men's tennis team (1-2) will look to get back into the win column when they host Loyola Marymount (2-3) on Saturday, February 8 at 12:00 p.m. and Utah (3-1) on Monday, February 10 at 1:30 p.m. The Sun Devils hold a 1-0 all-time record against LMU and are 21-10 in its history against Utah.
TCU SHOOTOUT RECAP: The Devils did not fair very well in Fort Worth, Texas at the TCU shootout, falling in both duals to 17th-ranked Pepperdine, 6-1 and TCU, 5-2. Against Pepperdine, the No. 3 doubles team of Pim Van Mele and Ryan McBride won the team's lone match, while newcomer Chris Letcher started his ASU career off on a solid note by winning at the No. 6 singles slot in straight sets. Versus the host Horned Frogs, ASU started strong by claiming two of the three doubles matches for the first point. McBride and Van Mele again won their doubles match, while the Devils top tandem of Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart won the doubles point in an exciting tiebreaker to give ASU the early lead. But ASU could only manage to post one of the six singles wins as Stewart won at the No. 5 slot in straight sets.
250/600: With the 6-1 victory against Santa Clara two historical records were set. Head coach Lou Belken achieved his 250th career win, while Arizona State earned the 600th win in the program's history.
HEAD COACH LOU BELKEN: In his 21st season as head coach, Lou Belken has produced 14 All-Americans and 15 All-Pac-10 selections, including NCAA singles champion and ATP professional Sargis Sargsian. Belken is also 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 years, including five berths in the NCAA round of 16 and one quarterfinal appearance. Academically since 1991, Belken has placed 15 players on the Pacific-10 All-Academic teams and has placed several players on the GTE Academic All-American teams.
SCHEDULE STRENGTH: Once again the Devils will face a strong non-conference slate along with the always powerful Pac-10 Conference. Ten ASU opponents earned NCAA bids last year, while eight of this year's opponents are ranked in the top-25. The Pac-10 comprises four of the nation's top-10 teams and five of the eight Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top-20.
DOUBLES SUCCESS: The doubles team of juniors Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart's success last season has continued into this season. The pair, currently ranked No. 17 in the country by the ITA, posted an 8-1 mark in the fall after winning the Southern California Regional doubles championship. The pair then went on to the ITA National Indoors doubles championship where they advanced to the second round. Dating back to last season, Charroin and Stewart are a combined 26-7. They are 2-1 this year at the No. 1 slot and recorded a perfect 12-0 dual record at the No. 3 slot last year, finishing at 16-5 overall with a team-leading 8-4 Pac-10 record.
HOME SWEET HOME: Over the past five seasons, Arizona State holds an impressive 48-17 (.738) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center, and a 36-15 (.706) mark against non-conference teams.