No. 34 Men's Tennis To Compete In Pac-10 Championships
April 21, 2004
ON TAP: The Arizona State men's tennis team (9-12; 1-6 Pac-10) will travel to Ojai, California to compete in the Pacific-10 Individual Championships, Thursday, April 22 through Sunday, April 25. The championship will decide the league's singles and doubles champions
ASU/PAC-10 NOTES: The Pac-10 Championship field will comprise all eight teams from the conference... a 32-player singles draw shall consist of three players from each school with five additional competitors selected by a committee of coaches, based upon the participants record... ASU's Chris Stewart, Christopher Biro, Clinton Letcher and Jonathan Kinsella will compete in the main draw. ...the Pac-10s will also have a 16-team doubles draw that will include one team from each school and seven additional teams selected the same way as singles...the duos of Stewart/Kinsella and Letcher/Daniel Davies will compete in the doubles main draw...Biro led the team in dual wins with a 13-6 overall record...he has also won 8 of his last 10 matches...Kinsella is going into Pac-10s going 6-4 in the last 10 matches for the Sun Devils...to view the draws and follow the tournament's progress, log onto www.ojaitourney.org.
LAST WEEK: The Sun Devils continued action last week as they took on the Lumberjacks of Northen Arizona and then finsihed up the regular and Pac-10 season against their intrastate rival the Arizona Wildcats. ASU upended the Lumberjacks with a 7-0 sweep on Wednesday afternoon, but dropped the final match to the Wildcats, 5-2, on Saturday at the Whiteman Tennis Center.
DEVILS IN THE RANKINGS: As a team, Arizona State stayed put in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, administered by the ITA, ranking No. 34. The Sun Devils have been ranked as high as No. 20 this season. The Sun Devils lone player in singles rankings is No. 1 slotted Chris Stewart as he jumps into the rankings at No. 123.
SCHEDULE STRENGTH: Once again the Devils faced a strong non-conference slate along with the always powerful Pac-10 Conference. Ten ASU opponents earned NCAA bids last year, while 12 of this year's opponents are ranked in the top-25. The Pac-10 comprises five of the nation's top-19 teams.
HEAD COACH BELKEN: In his 22nd season as head coach, Lou Belken has produced 14 All-Americans and 16 All-Pac-10 selections, including NCAA singles champion and ATP professional Sargis Sargsian. Last year, Belken guided ASU to a fourth-place (3-3) finish in the extremely competitive Pacific-10 Conference, its best finish since the 1999 season, while his team also advanced to NCAA Regional action for the 13th time and for the ninth time in the past 10 years.
HOME SWEET HOME: Over the past five seasons, Arizona State holds an impressive 57-22 (.721) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center, and a 41-21 (.661) mark against non-conference teams