Men's Tennis Falls To No. 1 Illinois, 4-0, In NCAA Second Round Action

May 16, 2004

Champaign, Ill.- The Arizona State men's tennis team suffered a season ending loss against the Fighting Illini of Illinois in NCAA Regional final action, 4-0, this afternoon at the Atkins Tennis Center. The Sun Devils concluded the season 10-13, while the Fighting Illini improve to 30-0 on the season.

The match began with tight doubles competition, the point for which was decided in the third match to finish. Illinois' duo of Chris Martin and Michael Calkins earned the first point of the day defeating the ASU team of Daniel Davies (Fr., Sydney, Australia) and Clinton Letcher (Jr., Melbourne, Australia) in the No. 2 contest, 8-4. The Sun Devils No. 3 tandem of Christopher Biro (Fr., Adelaide, Australia) and Ryan McBride (So., Tempe, Ariz.) handed the Illini team of Ryler DeHeart and GD Jones their first doubles loss together this season, 8-5, to even up the doubles at one match apiece. The doubles point then rested on the results at No. 1. ASU's 40th-ranked Jonathan Kinsella (So., Astley, England) and Chris Stewart (Sr., Adelaide, Australia) went back and forth with Brian Wilson and Phil Stolt, ranked fifth nationally, most of the match until the score was tied at six games apiece. U of I was able to hold off the Sun Devils, however, winning the match 8-6 to take the 1-0 lead.

The Sun Devils were unable to come back in singles action, as the Fighting Illini took the first three matches to earn the berth into the Round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament. First off the courts was No. 4 singles as ASU's Kinsella was unable to top Calkins of Illinois, falling in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. Top-ranked Wilson increased the lead for U of I to 3-0 after beating Stewart, 6-3, 6-3, in the No. 1 slot. Rounding out the victory for Illinois, Stolt, ranked No. 51, upended the Sun Devils' Letcher, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 2 singles.

The Sun Devils competed in the NCAA First and Second Rounds for the 18th time in school history, advancing to the regional final match before falling to Illinois, 4-0, this afternoon. ASU finishes the season at 10-13 overall and 1-6 in Pac-10 play.

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Today's NCAA Tournament Round 2 Results:
at No. 1 Illinois 4, No. 34 Arizona State 0

Doubles:
1. #5 Phil Stolt/Brian Wilson (ILL) def. #40 Jonathan Kinsella/Chris Stewart (ASU) 8-6
2. Michael Calkins/Chris Martin (ILL) def. Daniel Davies/Clint Letcher (ASU) 8-4
3. Chris Biro/Ryan McBride (ASU) def. Ryler DeHeart/GD Jones (ILL) 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1

Singles:
1.#1 Brian Wilson (ILL) def. Chris Stewart (ASU) 6-3, 6-3
2.#51 Phil Stolt (ILL) def. Clint Letcher (ASU) 6-2, 6-4
3.#121 Ryler DeHeart (ILL) vs. Chris Biro (ASU) 6-4, abandoned at ILL 5-5
4.Michael Calkins (ILL) def. Jonathan Kinsella (ASU) 6-1, 6-1
5.#95 Chris Martin (ILL) vs. Ryan McBride (ASU) 6-4, abandoned at ILL 5-3
6. GD Jones (ILL) vs. Daniel Davies (ASU) 7-6 (2), abandoned at ILL 1-0
Order of finish: 4, 1, 2

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