Ninth-Ranked ASU Women's Tennis to Battle No. 23-Ranked Arizona & No. 49-Ranked Tulsa
Feb. 21, 2001
ON TAP: Ninth-ranked Arizona State (6-1, 2-1) will take on in-state rival No. 23 Arizona (3-2) on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. (MST) at the Robson Tennis Center in Tucson. The Devils will then return home to take on No. 49-ranked Tulane University (2-4) on Monday at 1:30 p.m. (MST) in Tempe at the Whiteman Tennis Center.
THE MATCH-UPS: The Devils are coming off a 7-0 sweep of the University of Oregon, University of New Mexico, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and Harvard University in the past four outings. ASU remains undefeated at home (5-0), but will look to improve its 2-1 road record this Saturday. The Devils are 6-2 against the Wildcats over the last four seasons. Last year, ASU swept the Wildcats, 9-0, in Tempe, and then handed the Red and Blue an 8-1 loss during April down in Tucson. On Monday, Tulane University will try to end a four-outing skid as they enter the Valley of the Sun.
WORTH WATCHING: Guiding the Devils' attack this season is No. 70 sophomore Megan Yeats, who has earned a 15-3 record with her solid play. Also this year, freshman Cindy Sureephong accompanies experienced transfer Adria Engel, who is currently ranked No. 45. Sureephong finished fourth in doubles competition at the 2000 Clay Court Nationals. As a Devil, Sureephong has compiled a 10-2 record while going undefeated (6-0) in dual action. Engel, the 2000 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, has posted a 5-2 record for ASU at the No. 1 spot. Before transferring to ASU, Engel was also named ITA's National Rookie of the Year.
HEAD COACH SHEILA MCINERNEY: In her 17th season as head coach of the Sun Devils, the former USC All-American currently ranks second in ASU school history with 261 wins. McInerney has coached 14 different All-Americans and has guided the Sun Devils to NCAA tournament play each of the past 13 seasons. With the help of three All-Americans last season, McInerney and her squad reached the quarterfinals in the NCAA tournament after knocking off Duke University in the round of 16.
IN THE RANKINGS: Five ASU players are currently listed in the nation's top rankings by the ITA. In singles action, No. 45-ranked Adria Engel is accompanied by No. 70-ranked teammate Megan Yeats. Yeats, who is currently undefeated in dual play at the No. 3 spot (7-0), has posted a 15-3 overall record thus far. As a doubles team, the Mhairi Brown/Celena McCoury tandem posts a No. 42 ranking, and Engel pairs up with teammate Karin Palme for a No. 38 doubles ranking.