No. 8 Women's Tennis Hosts No. 9 UCLA And No. 3 USC
Feb. 19, 2003
ON TAP: The eighth-ranked Arizona State women's tennis team (5-0, 1-0 Pac-10) will continue their homestand with duals against ninth-ranked UCLA (6-3) on Friday, February 21 at 1:30 p.m. and third-ranked USC (6-1) on Saturday, February 22 at 12:00 p.m. Even though both duals are against Pac-10 teams, the results will not count towards the standings. ASU has lost only four matches the entire year and are a combined 31-4 in dual competition.
LAST TIME OUT: The Devils opened the Pac-10 season by handing the University of Oregon their second loss of the season with a 5-2 victory over the Ducks. In doubles action, the Devils won all three matches with victories from Megan Yeats and Joslynn Burkett, Adria Engel and Lauren Colalillo, and the No. 37-ranked team of Mhairi Brown and Cindy Sureephong. In singles play, solid performances again gave the Sun Devils the edge as they captured four of the six matches. Dora Krstulovic was first off with any easy 6-2, 6-1 win, while Cindy Sureephong gained another win with a 6-3, 6-1 defeat of Oregon's Julie Merle. Lauren Colalillo also played a solid match against Jaime Marshall whom she defeated 7-6, 6-4.
HEAD COACH SHEILA McINERNEY: Enters her 19th season at the helm of the Sun Devil program after leading her team to a NCAA Round of 16 appearance and a No. 9 national ranking in 2002. McInerney has also guided ASU to eight quarterfinal appearances in her tenure, and has made the NCAA tournament in 17 of her 18 seasons. McInerney was also selected as the head coach of the 2001-2002 USA Tennis Collegiate team. In 1997, McInerney was honored as the ITA National Coach of the Year after guiding the Sun Devils to a 15-7 record and a No. 7 national ranking. She also garnered 1997 Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year honors and is a three time (1988, '90, '01) West Region ITA Coach of the Year. McInerney, who owns a career record of 295-168 (.637), posted three 20-win seasons (1986, '90, '01) to her credit and has guided the Devils to 15 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. ASU has finished in the top-10 in five of the past six seasons and an astounding 13 times in her 18 seasons. McInerney has tutored 23 All-Americans and 13 different all-conference players.
BIG NUMBERS: Senior and three-time All-American Adria Engel will look to become Arizona State's second four-time All-American selection (Reka Cseresnyes 1995-98). After capturing ASU's first Pac-10 singles title (male/female) as a sophomore, Engel is also seeking to become the school's all-time leader in wins. She is currently 15-6 and holds a career record of 116-39 (.748).
DEVILS IN THE RANKINGS: As a team, Arizona State is No. 8 in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, administered by the ITA. In singles, Adria Engel is No. 21, Dora Krstulovic comes in at No. 39 and Mhairi Brown at No. 109. In doubles, Engel and Krstulovic begin at No. 20, while Brown and Cindy Sureephong check in at No. 37.
SCHEDULE STRENGTH: Once again the Devils will face a strong non-conference slate along with the always powerful Pac-10 Conference. Thirteen ASU opponents earned NCAA bids last year, while nine of ASU's opponents are ranked in the top-25. The Pac-10 comprises five of the nation's top-10 teams and seven of the nine Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top-25.
HOME SWEET HOME: Over the past five seasons, Arizona State holds an impressive 58-14 (.806) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center, while posting a 28-5 (.848) mark the past two seasons. The Devils non-conference record is even more impressive over the past five seasons with a 47-6 (.887) mark over that span.
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