ASU Men’s Tennis Host Bay Area Schools Friday, Sunday
TEMPE- The Sun Devils have a full weekend of conference competition ahead of themselves, with matches against Cal and Stanford at Whiteman Tennis Center in their second-to-last weekend of home matches for the regular season. ASU takes on Cal at 6:00 p.m. Friday before welcoming the 14th-ranked Cardinal Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. The Sun Devils return to Tempe led by No. 25 freshman Murphy Cassone and No. 87 senior Fabien Salle.
Last time out
The Sun Devils dropped their most recent match on the road in Tucson to No. 18 Arizona on Saturday, ending with a score of 6-1. Cassone got on the board for ASU on his court by taking down No. 49 Gustaf Storm of the Wildcats in a 6-4, 6-4 decision. George Stoupe came up short in a tiebreaker to Nick Lagaev, and Colton Smith gave the Wildcats some cushion in a 6-4, 6-4 decision over Max McKennon. From there, it was all Arizona as it took down the last three single matches and swept competition in doubles.
Scouting the Golden Bears and Cardinal
Cal enters this weekend's matchup with a 10-5 record, where they fell to the 15th-ranked USC Trojans on Saturday in Los Angeles, 4-2. In its single matches, the Golden Bears picked up two wins, including a ranked win from Derrick Chen over No. 73 Lodewijk Westrate. The 28th-ranked doubles team of Yuta Kikuchi and Carl Emil Overbeck came up short on their court to No. 17 Stefan Dostanic and Bradley Frye, but picked up a win in doubles competition with Sean Hill and Lucas Magnaudet taking down Peter Makk and Lodewijk Westrate.
No. 14 Stanford enters this weekend with five ranked opponent wins and a 12-3 overall record and will travel to Tucson for a match on Friday before Sunday's match in Tempe. The Cardinal took down No. 59 UCLA 4-2 on Saturday in their first Pac-12 road win of the season. After dropping the doubles point against the Bruins, the Cardinal had four straight wins in singles to take the match. This included No. 58 Max Basing taking down UCLA's Giacomo Revelli as well as Alexandre Rotsaert, Timothy Sah, and Axel Geller winning on their courts.
Arizona State will travel to San Diego for some non-conference action in a doubleheader on April 7 against UC San Diego at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The Tritons currently hold a 4-14 record, but they will take on BYU at home and UC Santa Barbara away before hosting the Sun Devils.