No. 6 Adria Engel Advances To NCAA Singles Quarterfinals

May 23, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -ASU's No. 6 sophomore Adria Engel advanced to tomorrow's NCAA singles Championship quarterfinal match by defeating No. 25 Anne Nguyen from Georgia and No. 28 Jewel Peterson from Southern Cal earlier today. Engel bested Nguyen in the Round of 32 and then claimed victory over Peterson hours later in the Round of 16. Engel will face the nation's top-ranked Laura Granville from Stanford tomorrow in the Elite Eight.

Engel notched her 31st win this morning by defeating Georgia's Nguyen in three sets, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Several hours later, she eliminated Southern Cal's Jewel Peterson in three sets, 7-6, 5-7, 6-3. Engel faced Peterson twice during the dual season, splitting appearances. Peterson bested Engel at Southern Cal, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 earlier this season, but Engel finished off Peterson, 6-4, 6-4, here in Tempe in March.

Both Engel (Glen Ellyn, Ill., 32-7 record) and Granville (Chicago, Ill., 40-1 record), who are sophomores from Illinois, will face each other for the fourth time this season. Granville has claimed victory in the past three matches, but narrowly escaped a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 match earlier this season against Engel in Stanford.

Engel was recently awarded the Western 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 latter April. Engel leads the Devils with a 32-7 overall record, and has won thirteen matches in a row, including 28 of her last 30 matches. She was also designated April's ITA Player of the Month after compiling an 11-1 record during that time.

Engel will battle No. 1 Granville in tomorrow's 10 a.m. (EST) quarterfinal match at the Lincoln Tennis Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Wednesday's Singles Results, Round of 32 and 16(6) Adria Engel (ASU) def. (25) Anne Nguyen (UGA), 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 (Round of 32)(6) Adria Engel (ASU) def. (28) Jewel Peterson (USC), 7-6, 5-7, 6-3 (Round of 16)

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