No. 11 Women's Tennis Notches Three Regional Awards
May 22, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -Head Coach Sheila McInerney, Assistant Coach Paul Reber, and No. 6 sophomore Adria Engel have all been honored by this year's Intercollegiate Tennis Association as recipients of regional awards.
Head Coach Sheila McInerney, who led ASU to its 14th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance this season, was awarded the West Region's 2001 Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year. McInerney ranks second in ASU history with 275 wins in her 17-year reign as Head Coach, and has guided the Devils to the NCAA quarterfinals in six of the last ten seasons. McInerney, who earned her degree in public relations from the University of Southern California, was a four-time All-American as a Trojan before she began coaching.
Assistant Coach Paul Reber, in his fifth season at Arizona State, was awarded the West Region's 2001 ITA Assistant Coach of the Year. Reber was a four-time letter winner as a Sun Devil from 1992-1996, notching 20 singles victories in 1994-1995. He graduated from ASU in 1996 with a degree in exercise science.
Sophomore Adria Engel, currently ranked No. 6 in the nation, was awarded the West Region's 2001 ITA Player to Watch. The ITA Player to Watch Award is awarded to a player who has a tremendous season, has not yet won an ITA Grand Slam singles title, and is expected to continue superb play the rest of his/her career. The award also includes a player's sportsmanship and character. Engel, who transferred from Wake Forest last year, became the first Sun Devil to capture a Pac-10 singles Championship in late April. Engel leads the Devils with a 29-7 overall record, and has won ten matches in a row, including 24 of her last 26 matches. She was also designated April's ITA Player of the Month after compiling an 11-1 record during that time. Engel is currently competing in this year's NCAA singles Championships at Stone Mountain, Georgia from May 22-26.
McInerney, Reber, and Engel are also eligible for national awards, which will be announced during the remainder of the tournament in Stone Mountain, Georgia.