No. 11 Men's Tennis Heads Down to Tucson
March 18, 2008
The No. 11 Arizona State men's tennis team heads down south to take on rival No. 51 ranked Arizona Wildcats. The match begins at noon in Tucson on Saturday March 22.
Movin' On Up
The Sun Devils are currently ranked 11th nationally, moving up four spots from last week. The team has moved up 37 spots from their preseason ranking of No. 48. This is the Sun Devils highest ranking since the 1991 season. Andres Arango is currently ranked No. 62 and the doubles team of T.J. Bellama and Matt Brooklyn is ranked No. 53 nationally.
The Sun Devils are off to their best start since the 1979 season when they went 14-0. The Sun Devils have tabbed 11 wins already this season. This is also Coach Belken's best start of his coaching career.
Duel in the Desert History
The Sun Devils trail in the all-time series with their in-state rival; however ASU came out on top in both of last season's Duel in the Desert.
The Sun Devils hit the road again to open conference play at the Bay Area schools. They will compete against Stanford on Mar. 28 and California on Mar. 29.
The Sun Devils increased their winning streak to 11 as they picked up two wins over No. 52 Clemson and No. 40 Georgia Tech. T.J. Bellama, Juan Carlos Rebaza and Harry Skinner swept their singles matches over the weekend.
T.J. Takes Honor
For the second consecutive week and third time this season, a Sun Devil netter has claimed the title Pac-10 Player of the Week. T.J. Bellama earned the honor for the week of March 10-16. After dropping his first set to Clemson's Derek DiFazio last Wednesday, he battled back through two tough sets to pick up the victory in the number six position 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5. Playing in the number five position, Bellama handily defeated Georgia Tech's Miguel Muguruza in straight sets, winning 6-1, 6-1.
Juan Carlos Rebaza was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of March 3-9. Rebaza had a successful weekend and has proven to be a big reason why the Sun Devils are currently undefeated. The senior swept through both of his singles matches this past weekend. Against Pierre Mouillon of California, Rebaza battled back from dropping the second set to take the match thanks to a spirited performance in the tiebreaker, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (4). Rebaza upset No. 85 Richard Wire of Stanford the following day in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. This is the first weekly honor for Rebaza.
Matt Brooklyn was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 11-17. Brooklyn, playing out of the No. 1 position in singles, remained undefeated (5-0) over the weekend to lead the Sun Devils to victories on the road over Marquette and Northwestern and maintain their undefeated record in dual match play (5-0). On Saturday, Brooklyn battled back from a set down to take his match against Trent Hagan of Marquette 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-7), leading the Sun Devils to a 4-3 victory. In Sunday's 6-1 team victory over Northwestern, Brooklyn defeated Northwestern's top player, Marc Dwyer, 6-2, 7-5.