Men's Tennis Hosts Georgia Tech and Tulane, Travel to USC and UCLA

March 21, 2005

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The Arizona State University men's tennis team returns home this week for two non-conference duals before heading west for Pac-10 action. The men host Georgia Tech and Tulane this week, then travel to California to take on USC and UCLA over the weekend. The Sun Devils battle Georgia Tech (7-6), Tuesday March 22 at 2:30 p.m. and No. 21 Tulane (14-3) Wednesday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. Both duals will be held at the Whiteman Tennis Center. ASU then hits the road to take on No. 15USC (7-7) Friday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. and No. 7 UCLA (15-2) Saturday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m. at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

Tuesday's matchup between the Sun Devils and the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech will mark the first ever dual between the two schools.

ASU battles Tulane Wednesday afternoon for the first time since 1996. The Sun Devils last faced the Green Wave at the Blue/Gray match held in Birmingham, Ala., where ASU topped Tulane, 4-3. ASU holds a 2-0 series lead.

ASU will face USC for the second time this season, with the first meeting in Tempe, Ariz. on March, 12. The Sun Devils upset the then No. 9 Trojans, 4-3, at the Whiteman Tennis Center. Christopher Biro, Clinton Letcher, Jonathan Kinsella and Ryan McBride claimed singles victories to held lead the Sun Devils to the upset.

The Sun Devils battle against the Bruins for the second time this season Saturday. The first dual of the season was held March, 11 in Tempe, Ariz. in a dual that saw UCLA top ASU, 7-0.

The Sun Devils travelled east last week as they took on Clemson and Auburn. ASU fell in both matches by a score of, 5-2. ASU faced Clemson March 15 at the Sloan Hoke Tennis Complex in a match that saw that saw Ryan McBride and Mike Beatty win singles matches at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions to earn points for the Sun Devils. The Sun Devils then travelled to Auburn, March 18 where they were topped 5-2 by the Tigers. ASU earned the doubles point and Beatty defeated his opponent at No. 6 singles to claim the second point for the Sun Devils.

The Sun Devils welcome two new players to the 2005 team. Both players will vie for playing time in both the singles and doubles lineups. Freshman Mike Beatty comes to Tempe from Cincinnati, Ohio while freshman Jeff Moghina is a native to Arizona, coming to ASU from Glendale, Ariz.

HEAD COACH Lou Belken:
In his 23rd season as head coach, Lou Belken has produced 14 All-Americans and 17 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.

Over the past five seasons, Arizona State holds an impressive 60-25 (.706) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center, and a 44-23 (.657) mark against non-conference teams.

As a team, Arizona State University moved to a No. 26 ranking in the latest Collegiate rankings administered by the ITA.

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