#49 Men's Tennis Host In-State Rival, #45 Arizona to Wrap Up Regular Season
April 19, 2006
The 8-13 Sun Devils over the weekend suffered a pair of losses on the road against the 24th-ranked Cal Bears (14-5, 6-3) and the #15 Stanford Cardinal (14-3, 4-1). The losses drop the Devils to 2-4 in Pac-10 standings with their final conference and regular season match to be played this weekend. Freshman T.J. Bellama was the only Sun Devil to find success over the weekend as he grabbed his 9th dual win and 14th overall win on the season with his 7-5(11-9), 6-4 win over Cal's Ken Nakahara, in the five-spot last Friday.
Next up, the Sun Devils wrap up their regular season as they host in-state rival, the #45 Arizona Wildcats on Saturday. The `Cats are currently 11-9 on the season and are tied with the Sun Devils at 2-4 in conference matches. The match is set to be played at ASU's
Stalking the `Cats:
The #45 Wildcats are currently coming off of a three-game losing streak with successive losses to
The Sun Devils are currently led in all-time match-ups by the Wildcats, with the Sun Devils falling to UA in their last match-up earlier this season, 6-1.
Home Sweet Home:
Currently the Sun Devils are 8-6 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 the Sweet Six-Spot:
Thus far this season, the Sun Devils have compiled winning percentage of 71% in the six-spot, where thus far on the season they have only lost six matches.
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, three 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