No. 8 Women's Tennis Travels To No. 24 Arizona
Feb. 24, 2003
ON TAP: The eighth-ranked Arizona State women's tennis team (6-1, 1-0 Pac-10) will travel to in-state rival and 24th-ranked Arizona (2-3, 0-1 Pac-10) for a midweek dual on Wednesday, February 26 at 1:00 p.m. ASU won two of the three duals last year. The two teams split during the regular season, while ASU also defeated UA in regional action.
LAST TIME OUT: The Devils split their weekend with the Los Angeles schools, defeating No. 9 UCLA, 4-3 before falling to No. 3 USC, 7-0. Against UCLA, ASU won the doubles point and then claimed three of the six singles matches. In singles action, almost all of the matches were close with one competitor just barely nudging out the other. Joslynn Burkett came up big for the Sun Devils taking a 7-5, 6-4 win over the Bruin's Anya Loncaric. Lauren Colalillo posted a nice comeback victory of 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 over Laura Gordon. The Devils did not fair well against the Trojans as they suffered their first loss. In doubles action, the No. 37-ranked team of Mhairi Brown and Cindy Sureephong took a well-earned 8-5 victory over Tiffany Brymer and Anita Loyola for the only win of the dual.
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 296-169 (.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 16-7 and holds a career record of 117-40 (.745).
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 59-15 (.797) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center, while posting a 29-6 (.829) 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.