No. 22 Men's Tennis to Host Oregon and No. 23 Washington
April 2, 2008
The No. 22 Arizona State men's tennis team returns home this week to host Pac-10 foes Oregon and No. 23 Washington. Friday's match begins at 1:30 p.m. while Sunday's action will begin at noon. Both matches will take place at the ASU Whiteman Tennis Center. Oregon is currently 11-9 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10. The Huskies are 12-6 overall with an 0-2 record in the Pac-10.
Sun Devils in the Rankings
The Sun Devils remained in the top 25 with a ranking of 22nd this week. Individually, Andres Arango moved up one spot to 61 while Matt Brooklyn entered the rankings at No. 116. The doubles team of T.J. Bellama and Matt Brooklyn remained at No. 53 nationally.
The Streak Ends
The Sun Devils dual match winning streak ended at 12, as the Sun Devils fell to both Stanford and Cal last weekend. Prior to the two losses, the Sun Devils were off to their best start since 1979, when the Sun Devils went 14-0.
The Sun Devil netters lead in the all-time series with Oregon 11-2 and with Washington 14-6.
The Sun Devils remain home the rest of the regular season. ASU will host USC on April 11 and UCLA on April 12. They will close out their regular season hosting Arizona on April 19.
ASU suffered its first losses of the season against Stanford and California. The Sun Devils fell 7-0 to Stanford and dropped a close 4-3 match to the Golden Bears.
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, 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.