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March 6, 2008 12:51 AM

Dear Sun Devil Men’s Tennis Fans:

7-0, a perfect start to the Spring tennis season for the Sun Devil Men’s Tennis Team!

Rain washed out our first matches of the season against NAU and Gonzaga but #50 ranked SDSU came to Tempe for a make up match and the Sun Devils swept the Aztecs 7-0.

Newcomer Andres Arango notched his first win as a Sun Devil at the #2 position 6-3, 6-0. Arizona local John Nanosky II also had his first duel match win with a tough 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 win at the #6 singles slot.

The team then traveled for three consecutive weekends starting against Southern Mississippi and Auburn.

The Devils swept S. Miss 7-0. PAC-10 First-Team selection Juan Carlos Rebaza won 6-3, 6-3 at the #1 spot and junior TJ Bellama had a gutsy 6-7, 7-6, 1-0 (10) (super tie-breaker) win at #5.

It was a different story against the #35th ranked Auburn Tigers. Bellama and Matt Brooklyn had the lone victory at #1 doubles 8-7. 2007 PAC-10 Freshman of the Year Matt Brooklyn blew past the 59th ranked Tsyrenov 7-5, 6-2 at #1. #56th ranked Andres Arango dropped the first set to come back and win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at #2. Oro Valley, AZ local John Nanosky also dropped the first set to come back and win at #6 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. The match came down to ASU junior TJ Bellama from Virginia who saved a match point in the 2nd set tie-breaker to come back and win the duel match in three tie-breakers 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 at #5! This was the 4th time in TJ’s career that he has won a duel match with his deciding singles match on court, previously winning matches against Santa Barbara, USC and Auburn. Interestingly enough each of the last four matches between Auburn and ASU had come down to the final match on court. Each time the home team had won the match but this time the Sun Devils broke the routine with a character building 4-3 win in Alabama.

The following week the team traveled to chilly conditions in Milwaukee and Chicago to play Marquette and #68 ranked Northwestern.

The lightning fast indoor conditions favored the local team and Marquette took the doubles point with Bellama and Brooklyn claiming the only win at #1.

Newport Beach native, Wes Miler, started the comeback with a quick 7-5, 6-2 win at #3 singles. Also contributing were Juan Carlos Rebaza and Nanosky with straight sets wins at #4 and #6. The match came down to Brooklyn at #1 and after saving a match point in the 3rd set tie-breaker came through with the win 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 giving the Sun Devils another 4-3 team win.

The following day at the beautiful indoor facility at Northwestern, ASU came through with an easier win with the tone of the day being set by Nanosky and Miller winning at #3 doubles to clinch the doubles point. Singles wins were then recorded by five of the six players with Nanosky, Miller and Brooklyn recording straight set wins. Brooklyn remains undefeated and was also named PAC-10 player of the week.

In Los Angeles both matches against USC and UCLA were rained out.

Last weekend the team cruised to easy wins against BYU 7-0, and LMU 6-1, as the players enjoyed home court conditions and temperatures in the low 80’s. English freshman Harry Skinner was finally made eligible by the NCAA and recorded his first singles win at #5 against BYU in a 3rd set super tie-breaker.

The Sun Devils host California and Stanford this weekend March 7&8. In 2007 the team swept both the Cardinal and the Bears in Tempe.

Please come down this weekend to ASU and support Sun Devil Men’s Tennis! Matches start at 1.30pm on Friday against Cal and 1pm on Saturday versus Stanford.

Go Devils!
Laurie Warder & Lou Belken
ASU Men’s Tennis