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Tennis squads go 1-3 over weekend

 by Kyle Odegard
 published on Monday, April 12, 2004


The ASU men's tennis team wasn't going to let a little rain stop its quest for an NCAA Tournament berth.

The Sun Devils (8-11, 1-4) braved a rain delay of more than an hour to defeat California, 6-1 on Saturday at the Whiteman Tennis Center. The win will more than likely wrap up a spot for ASU in the tournament.

"We had backed ourselves up against a wall, and we had to come through and beat some people," ASU coach Lou Belken said. "The conditions were windy and rainy, but the guys did a good job of staying composed. This win should get us in (to the tournament)."

The women's team did not fare as well as the men, as they dropped both weekend road matches against some elite competition. The Sun Devils (6-13, 1-6) fell to No. 11 Cal, 6-1, and No. 1 Stanford, 7-0, guaranteeing the team a losing record in Pac-10 competition.

Freshman Rebecca Rankin was the only player to win a point over the weekend, defeating the Golden Bears' Jessica Shu, 6-1, 6-3.

In the men's team's other match on Friday, the Sun Devils lost to No. 10 Stanford, 7-0, further magnifying the importance of the win over Cal.

Against the Cardinal, the duo of senior Chris Stewart and redshirt freshman Jonathan Kinsella won the first doubles match, and ASU seemed poised to put up a fight. However, Stanford won the next two doubles matches and all six singles matches to sweep the Sun Devils.

"Playing against Stanford is a lot different," junior Clint Letcher said. "There was a lot of emotional stuff going on against Stanford, and it was a bit of a hindrance."

Next up, the men's team will host NAU on Wednesday. The women have just one match left, as they will travel to Tucson on Saturday to face UA.

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