No. 7 Women's Tennis Hosts No. 15 Notre Dame And Florida International
March 12, 2003
ON TAP: The seventh-ranked Arizona State women's tennis team (6-3, 1-0 Pac-10) will look to snap a season long three-match losing streak, hosting 15th-ranked Notre Dame (7-5) on Friday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m. and Florida International (3-9) on Sunday, March 16 at 12:00 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: The Devils dropped both duals to third-ranked Stanford, 7-0, and fourth-ranked California, 5-2 Against Cal in singles, the Sun Devils were able to capture two points with No. 20, Adria Engel defeating No.13 Raquel Kops-Jones, during which Engel's fellow Sun Devil, Lauren Colalillo beat Nicol Havlicek, 6-4, 6-4. Against the Cardinal, the Devils could not come up with a point. The closes match was Colalillo which she lost in a third-set tiebreaker.
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 296-171 (.634), 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 18-8 and holds a career record of 119-41 (.744).
DEVILS IN THE RANKINGS: As a team, Arizona State is No. 7 in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, administered by the ITA. In singles, Adria Engel is No. 16 and Dora Krstulovic comes in at No. 48. In doubles, Engel and Colaillo are No. 47, while Engel and Krstulovic are at No. 52 and Mhairi Brown and Cindy Sureephong check in at No. 53.
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.