No. 19 Women's Tennis Opens 2004 Season Hosting Pacific And Indiana

Jan. 27, 2004

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ON TAP: The 19th-ranked Arizona State women's tennis team (0-0) will open the 2004 dual season at the Whiteman Tennis Center, hosting Pacific (0-0) on Friday, January 30 at 1:30 p.m. and Indiana (3-0) on Sunday, February 1 at 11:00 a.m.

2002-03 RECAP: Finished 17th in the country after advancing to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Team Championships...finished in the top-25 for the 19th time in the past 20 years...seventh straight season ASU advanced to the Round of 16...advanced to the postseason for the 18th time in 19 seasons, and 16th straight...head coach Sheila McInerney earned her 300th career win...senior Adria Engel earned All-American honors in singles for the fourth consecutive year, making her only the second player in ASU history to accomplish the feat...Engel also became ASU's all-time leader in wins (132)...Mhairi Brown earned Academic All-American second team honors and first-team All-Region accolades for the second straight season...Brown and Megan Yeats were named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete Team.

HEAD COACH Sheila McInerney: Sheila McInerney enters her 20th season after leading last year's team to its seventh consecutive (15 of the past 16 seasons) NCAA Round of 16 appearance and a No. 17 national ranking. McInerney also guided Arizona State to eight quarterfinal appearances in her tenure, and has made the NCAA tournament in 18 of her 19 seasons. The 2003 season saw McInerney accomplish another milestone in her illustrious career, earning her 300th career win. She also coached another player to All-American acclaim and helped place four players on the Pac-10 All-Academic teams, tying a school record for most student-athletes selected. McInerney, who owns a career record of 301-179, posted three 20-win seasons (1986, '90, '01) to her credit and guided the Sun Devils to 16 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. The Sun Devils have reached the NCAA quarterfinals eight times under McInerney and have finished in the top-10 five of the past seven seasons and an astounding 13 times in her 19 seasons.

YOUNG/NEW FACES: McInerney welcomes six freshmen players to this year's team. Each player will look to contribute immediately to both the singles and doubles lineups: Ebru Burduroglu (Istanbul, Turkey), Sabrina Capannolo (Las Vegas, Nev.), Wendy Pilecka (Pribram Czech Rep.), Kady Pooler (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Rebecca Rankin (Purley, England), Vana Tomas (Split Croatia).

HOME SWEET HOME: Over the past six seasons, Arizona State holds an impressive 62-19 (.765) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center, while posting a 42-13 (.764) mark the past four seasons. The Devils non-conference record is even more impressive over the past six seasons with a 54-11 (.830) mark.

SCHEDULE STRENGTH: Once again the Devils will face a strong non-conference slate (maybe the strongest ever) along with the always powerful Pac-10 Conference. Fifteen of ASU's 21 opponents earned NCAA bids last year, while nine of ASU's opponents this year are in the top-25. The Pac-10 comprises five of the nation's top-11 teams and six of the nine Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top-19.

DEVILS IN THE RANKINGS: As a team, ASU continued at No. 19 in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, administered by the ITA. In singles, Joslynn Burkett comes in at No. 50, while the doubles team of Lauren Colalillo and Cindy Sureephong begins at No. 44.

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