Men's Tennis Travels to Tucson for Final Regular Season Dual

April 13, 2005

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ON TAP: The Arizona State University men's tennis team (7-12;1-5Pac-10) travels south this weekend to battle their intrastate rival the University of Arizona (8-11; 1-5 Pac-10). ASU closes out the regular season against Arizona Saturday, at 1:30 p.m., at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

ASU VS. ARIZONA: ASU takes on their intrastate rival, Arizona, on Saturday afternoon. Arizona leads the all time-series against Arizona State, 55-30. The Wildcats upended the Sun Devils in the first match between the two schools, 5-2, in Tempe. Both schools are coming off a weekend series against Washington and Oregon. ASU defeated Oregon, while Arizona dropped the dual to the Ducks, 5-2.

LAST TIME OUT: The Sun Devils went 1-1 over the weekend against Oregon and No. 12 Washington. ASU snapped their losing streak with a, 5-2, win over the Ducks in Seattle. The Sun Devils took the early lead, grabbing the doubles point with wins at No. 1 doubles by the duo of Andy Colombo and Mike Beatty and No. 3 tandem of Nick Hegarty and Ryan McBride. ASU then captures four of the six singles matches to earn their first Pac-10 victory. Clinton Letcher took the point at No. 2 singles with a 7-6. 6-1 win. Jonathan Kinsella followed up with a, 6-4, 7-5, win at No. 3 singles. Rounding out action for ASU was McBride at No. 5 singles with a 6-4, 6-4, win and Hegarty at No. 6 singles as he topped his opponent, 7-5, 6-1.

DOMINATING DUO: The Sun Devils tandem of Nick Hegarty and Ryan McBride are making some noise for ASU in doubles and singles action this season. The tandem has complied an 8-6 doubles record, which leads the team, and a 3-3 Pac-10 record. Individually, both Hegarty and McBride have a 3-3 Pac-10 singles record.

BIDDING FAREWELL: ASU seniors Andy Colombo and Clinton Letcher take to the courts Saturday for the final regular seaon dual of their career. Colombo, who transferred to ASU from Auburn, has been plagued by injury since his arrival in Tempe. He is back in action in both singles and doubles action, playing in the No. 1 spot for the Sun Devils. Letcher has been playing at the No. 2 singles spot for the Sun Devils in recent duals and goes into Saturday's match with a 10-9 dual meet record. He is one of only two Sun Devils that have a winning dual meet record this season.

NEW FACES: 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.

HOME SWEET HOME: Over the past five seasons, Arizona State holds an impressive 60-29 (.674) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center, and a 44-25 (.638) mark against non-conference teams.

DEVILS IN THE RANKINGS: As a team, Arizona State University moved to a No. 52 ranking in the latest Collegiate rankings administered by the ITA.

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