#21 ASU Takes on #50 Tulsa, #28 Oklahoma, #2 Baylor This Week
TEMPE - It's a statement week for the Sun Devils.
No. 21 Arizona State (9-1, 2-0 Pac-12) has a busy week ahead on the road with competition against No. 50 Tulsa (6-4), No. 28 Oklahoma (6-4) and No. 2 Baylor (14-2). The three-match road swing begins at Tulsa on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. MST. ASU then heads south to Norman, Oklahoma, on Friday to face the Sooners at 3:00 p.m. MST before finishing the weekend on Sunday in Waco, Texas, for a finale matchup against Baylor at 2:00 p.m. MST.
Last Time Out
The men are on a hot streak after sweeping last weekend's three-match home stand against Oregon, New Mexico and Washington, holding each opponent to just two points. The victorious weekend led the Sun Devils to extend their perfect home record to 8-0 and kick off conference play 2-0.
Sunday's match against Washington extended multiple Sun Devil's singles records as well. Andrea Bolla notched his seventh-consecutive singles win, Christian Lerby fought for his fifth, and Makey Rakotomalala recorded his fourth in just two sets.
Tulsa hosts ASU after a 7-0 shutout against Oral Roberts on Monday that earned them their first road win of the season. The Golden Hurricane boast No. 29 doubles tandem Kody Pearson/Connor Di Marco who are 8-2 on the season, including a 6-4 victory over TCU's 24th-ranked Tadeus Paroulek/Sander Jong. In singles competition, Pearson is ranked at #67 and holds a 5-4 record on the season.
The Oklahoma Sooners welcome the Sun Devils to Norman on a two-match win streak, their most recent victory coming against Tulsa. The 6-1 victory earned OU their ninth-consecutive win over the Golden Hurricane.
Among its talented roster, Oklahoma boasts nationally-ranked junior Mason Beiler who comes in at No. 69 and freshman Nathan Han who recorded his fourth-consecutive singles victory against Tulsa.
The Sun Devils' week on the road culminates against No. 2 Baylor, a squad that holds the most players in Oracle/ITA's top 125 preseason singles rankings. Six bears are featured on the list with No. 43 Sven Lah ranking the highest among his teammates.
Baylor continues its arsenal of talent into the doubles rankings with two duos making the cut in No. 10 Lah/Constantin Frantzen and No. 33 Matias Soto/Nick Stachowiak.
Baylor's last five victories have all been sweeps, with their most recent against UT Arlington. At home, the Bears are 9-1 only falling to No. 3 TCU in January.