The No. 47 Men's Tennis Team Upends No. 29 California,6-1

April 10, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 47 Arizona State men's tennis team came out strong early and never relinquished that drive as they took down the No. 29 California Golden Bears, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Whiteman Tennis Center. The Sun Devils improve to 8-11 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10, while Cal falls to 7-14 on the season and 2-3 in conference play.

In doubles action, Cal took the early lead by winning the No. 1 doubles match between the tandem of ASU's Chris Stewart (Sr., Adelaide, Australia) and Jonathan Kinsella (So., Astley, England) and Cal's Balazs Veress and Patrick Braud, 8-6. Much to the chagrin of the maligned Golden Bears, the Sun Devils bounced back to capture the doubles point with the duo of Daniel Davies (So., Sydney, Australia) and Clinton Letcher (Jr., Melbourne, Australia) overpowering the team of John Pettit and Kuni Minato, 8-6. Clinching the doubles point in nail biting action, Arizona States' number two tandem of Andy Colombo (Jr., Rochester, N.Y.) and Christopher Biro (Fr., Adelaide, Australia) brought down Cal's Tyler Browne and Wayne Wong, 9-8(2).

ASU continued to overpower Cal at the start of singles action as they took the early lead in all but one singles match. The Sun Devil's momentum was momentarily halted when storms brought heavy rains and lightning which temporarily delayed the matches.

The Devils picked up right where they left off when play continued, as they defeated the Bears in five of six singles matches to earn their first Pac-10 victory of the season. Ryan McBride (So., Tempe, Ariz.) came off with the first ASU victory as he overcame Pettit, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 6 singles. Next off the court for ASU was Biro, playing in the No. 3 singles spot, as he topped Browne, 6-4, 6-1. Securing the victory for the Sun Devils was the No. 5 singles play of Kinsella with his 6-4, 6-4, win over Jake Levient.

Following suit for ASU was Letcher as he upended Briaud, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 at No. 4 singles, while Stewart battled through a hard three-set match with Veress before defeating him, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

The lone Cal victory came at No. 2 singles where Wong overcame Colombo in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.

Next up for the Sun Devils is a non-conference dual against the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona University on Wednesday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the Whiteman Tennis Center.

No. 47 ASU 6, No. 29 California 1

Singles:
1. Chris Stewart (ASU) def. Balazs Veress(CAL), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
2. Wayne Wong (CAL) def. Andy Colombo (ASU), 6-1, 6-2
3. Christopher Biro (ASU) def. Tyler Browne (CAL), 6-4, 6-1
4. Clinton Letcher (ASU) def. Patrick Briaud (CAL), 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
5. Jonathan Kinsella (ASU) def. Jake Levient (CAL), 6-4, 6-4
6. Ryan McBride (ASU) def. John Pettit (CAL), 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish: #2, #6, #3, #5**, #4, #1

Doubles:
1. Veress/Briaud (CAL) def. Stewart/Kinsella(ASU), 8-6
2. Colombo/Biro (ASU) def. Browne/Wong (CAL), 9-8(2)
3. Daniel Davies/Letcher (ASU) def. Kuni Minato/Pettit (CAL), 8-6
Order of Finish: #1, #3, #2

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