Men's Tennis to Face-Off Against In-State Rival, Arizona
March 23, 2006
The Sun Devils are coming off of a three-match losing streak, which saw them fall to #30
Next up, the Devils will face off against its in-state rival and Pac-10 foe, the
The `Cats currently lead the series history between the two rivals 56-35.
Home Sweet Home:
Currently the Sun Devils are 6-3 on their home courts at ASU's Whiteman Tennis Center, and for the past six years have posted a 65-35 (.650) overall dual record at home and a 48-27 (.640) record at home against non-conference teams.
In his 24th 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 third active, including the Women's Tennis Coach, Sheila McInerney and Gymnastics' Coach, John Spini) in
The Votes Are In:
The Devils are currently ranked 54 in the ITA Fila Rankings, falling from their last ranking of 40. They finished last season ranked 50 by the ITA.
Tough Schedule/Tougher Conference:
The Devils as always find themselves competing against some of the best teams in the world, in one of the hardest tennis conferences in the nation in the Pac-10. Currently, four of the eight Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 25.
The Devils have a great roster this year as they have five returning players with an older cast of one senior, Ryan McBride, and three juniors: Christopher Biro, Jonathan Kinsella and Nick Hegarty. The roster also includes two sophomores, one returning from last year, Mike Beatty and transfer from
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