Men's Tennis Hosts No. 5 California And No. 6 Stanford
March 5, 2003
ON TAP: The Arizona State men's tennis team (4-4, 1-0 Pac-10) will continue their five match homestand when they host fifth-ranked California (8-1, 0-0 Pac-10) on Friday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m. and sixth-ranked Stanford (7-2, 0-0 Pac-10) on Saturday, March 8 at 12:00 p.m. The two duals will not count towards the Pac-10 standings.
LAST TIME OUT: The Devils defeated in-state rival Arizona, 4-3 in Tempe to open the Pac-10 slate with a victory. The dual came down to the final singles match, which ran into 3 sets. With the dual tied at three apiece, freshman Ryan McBride defeated UA's Daniel Andrus 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 on the No. 6 court. In doubles action the Sun Devils pulled ahead early with Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart defeating Whi Kim and Paul Warkentin 9-8 (5) and an 8-6 McBride/Pim Van Mele victory over Andrus and Carl Hagman. In singles action, UA secured three singles victories, but ASU also played well with Van Mele defeating Hagman 6-4, 6-1 and Stewart soundly defeating Colin O'Grady 6-1, 6-2.
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.
DEVILS IN THE RANKINGS: As a team, Arizona State is No. 48 in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, administered by the ITA. In doubles, the duo of Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart are No. 43, while Pim Van Mele enters the national rankings at No. 123.
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: ASU has won five out of the eight doubles points this season, and are a combined 15-9 in dual play. The doubles team of juniors Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart's success last season has continued into this season. The pair, currently ranked No. 43 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 29-8. They are 5-2 in dual action this year at the No. 1 slot with a 13-3 overall mark. The duo 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. Ryan McBride and Pim Van Mele have lost only once at the No. 3 slot at 6-1.
HOME SWEET HOME: Over the past five seasons, Arizona State holds an impressive 51-17 (.750) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center, and a 38-15 (.717) mark against non-conference teams.