Coming off impressive win, Sun Devils continue homestand against New Mexico and UC Davis
Jan. 23, 2006
The Arizona State Sun Devils continue their season-opening homestand this weekend with a pair of matches against non-conference foes. The scene of last weekend's upset of No. 3 Texas, the Whiteman Center in Tempe will play host to the Devils' dual matches with New Mexico on Jan. 28 and UC Davis on Jan. 29. Both matches begin at 10 a.m. MST.
The Sun Devils face the University of New Mexico Lobos in the first match of the weekend. It will be the first match of the season for the Lobos, who competed in the Northwestern Invite last weekend, competing against the host university as well as athletes from Florida State, Penn State, and Iowa. The Sun Devils are 8-0 against New Mexico under McInerney, having surrendered only one match point ever to the Lobos (1994: W, 5-1). With rain cancelling last year's match, the last meeting was in 2001 when the Devils won 7-0.
The second match of the weekend pits the Sun Devils against the UC Davis Aggies. The Aggies will open their season to the south in Tucson against Arizona on Saturday before traveling to Tempe for the matchup. Since moving to Division-I in 2003, the Devils have met the Aggies only once, winning 7-0 last year on Jan. 23 in Tempe.
The doubles team of Pooler and Clarke has a .857 winning percentage on the year with an 12-2 record.
Freshman Laila Abdala has been on a tear, posting wins in her last three matches.. She won in straight sets against Texas after finishing 2-0 at the Freeman Memorial the week before.
Following the Texas match, the Sun Devils now have three singles players with 10 wins and an overall singles winning percentage of .570
McInerney's Victories Against Top 10
Opponents since 1999
Match-up Date Score
vs. #2 California 3/4/00 5-4
vs. #3 Texas 1/21/06 6-1
vs. #6 Duke* 5/18/00 5-2
vs. #6 Texas 3/21/99 6-1
vs. #7 California* 5/17/01 4-2
vs. #9 UCLA 2/21/03 4-3
vs. #9 California 4/14/01 4-3
at #9 UCLA 3/10/00 6-3
vs. #10 USC 1/28/00 6-3
*NCAA Tournament - Round of 16
Week-to-week ranking data was not available prior to the 1999 season.
'ASU is Back'
'Arizona State has spent the last two seasons outside of the top 20, but the Sun Devil women are back in the hunt this season, upsetting third-ranked Texas 6-1...
Freshman Laila Abdala didn't need three sets, she put the Sun Devils up 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 win...'
-College Tennis Online, Jan. 22
The Sun Devils will take Super Bowl weekend off to prepare for a three-match weekend the following week. ASU will host Montana State, #52 Denver, and Cal Poly on Feb. 10-12 before Pac-10 play begins the following weekend.
It Takes Two
The Sun Devils' No. 1 doubles team of Kady Pooler and Roxanne Clarke enter the season ranked No. 27 nationally by the ITA and No. 3 in the West Region. The duo of juniors performed remarkably well so far, posting a team-best 12-2 record (.857).
The Sun Devils have adjusted the day and time of their Pac-10 match against Oregon in Eugene. The match will take place on Saturday, March 11, and begins at noon.
Where they Stack up
The Sun Devils ranked No. 26 in the first Fila ITA poll of the year. It marks the seventh straight poll that the Devils have been in the top 30. Last year, the Sun Devils finished ranked No. 29 in the country after posting an 11-8 overall record and advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Devils also had two singles players (#100 Capannolo, #100 Rankin) and two doubles teams (#27 Pooler/Clarke,
#34 Capannolo/Rankin) ranked in the first poll.
To Be the Best...
Once again, the Sun Devils will play one of the toughest schedules in the country, combining a strong non-conference slate with the always powerful Pac-10 Conference schedule. This year, the Sun Devil's will face 11 teams currently ranked in the Top-25, including the season-opener against last year's national runner-up Texas and two matches against No. 1 Stanford. 15 of this year's 21 matches come against teams ranked by the ITA and 12 of this year's 21 opponents appeared in last year's NCAA tournament, while five of them advanced to the Sweet 16. Of ASU's eight non-conference opponents, four of them are currently ranked. So far, ASU's record against top 25 opponents is 1-0.
At The Helm
Coach Sheila McInerney enters her 22nd season at the helm of the Sun Devil program, the seventh longest tenure of any head coach at ASU, after leading last year's team to its 18th consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. In her 21 seasons, McInerney has led her team to 20 berths in the tournament. Prior to last year's exit in the second round, McInerney had led eight straight teams to the Sweet 16. She holds a career record of 321-202 and has posted three 20-win seasons in her career. ASU has finished in the top-10 of the nation an astounding 13 times under McInerney's tutelage.
25 Years of Women's ChampionshipsThe NCAA is celebrating the 2005-2006 athletic season as the 25th anniversary of the Division I, II, and III women's tennis championships. The NCAA first began sponsoring women's championships in 1981 when field hockey, swimming, cross country, volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, golf, lacrosse, rowing, softball, and track, as well as tennis, recognized their first NCAA champions. Today, the NCAA sponsors 44 women's championships in 20 sports, providing more than 150,000 women with an opportunity to compete for national titles each year.