#22 Women's Tennis to Host Pac-10 Foes #1 Stanford and #7 Cal
Feb. 22, 2007
The Arizona State Sun Devils continue their 2007 campaign this
week as they will host Pac-10 foes the top-ranked #1 Stanford
and #7 Cal. The Sun Devils will face the Cardinal Friday, February
23 at 1:30 p.m. and the Golden Bears Saturday, February 24 at
noon. Both matches are mountain time and will be held at ASU's
Whiteman Tennis Center.
Last weekend saw the Sun Devils snap back from their loss to
#21 Texas to open Pac-10 play with twoflawless 7-0 victories
over Washington and Washington State.
This week also saw a change in the rankings as freshman, Nadia
Abdala made herfirst collegiate debut in singles and doubles,
grabbing a #68 ranking in singles and pairing up with Rebecca
Rankin for a #46 ranking in doubles.
Scouting the Cardinal
The #1 Stanford Cardinal are currently holding a 5-1 record and
are coming off of wins over #15 UCLA and #8 USC. The Cardinal
squad comes fully equipped with #5 Jessica Nguyen, #8 Celia
Durkin, #15 Teresa Logar and #29 Lindsay Burdette in singles
and #21 Celia Durkin/Jessica Nguyen in doubles.
The #7 Cal Golden Bears are 4-2 on the season and coming off
of a pair of Pac-10 wins last weekend against #15 UCLA and #8
USC. Their losses on the season came against #1 Stanford and
#5 North Carolina. The Bears boast four ranked players in singles
with #3 Suzi Babos (regining NCAA Singles Champion and
current Pac-10 Tennis Player of the Week), #9 Zsuzsanna Fodor,
#32 Nina Henkel and #38 Stephanie Kusano. Ranked pairs for
the Bears include: #4 Susie Babos /Zsuzsanna Fodor, #40 Daron
Moore/Nina Henkel and #44 Marion Ravelojaona/Bojana Bobusic.
The Sun Devils will take to the road next week as they head to face the
No. 5 North Carolina Tarheel in Chapel Hill, NC and the No. 11 Duke
Blue Devils in Durham, NC on March 3 &4. The matches will kick off at
11 a.m. and noon, ET.
Legends of the Fall
The Sun Devils had a very strong showing during their 2006 fall
season. For thefirst time in the program's history, Kady Pooler
and Roxanne Clarke teamed up to win an All-American Doubles
title at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. They also
currently hold a #8 national ranking going into duel action. At
the ASU/Thunderbird Classic Tournament in late October, senior
Sabrina Capannolo, now ranked No. 100 by the ITA, advanced to
thefinal round of the tournament, taking second place.
It Takes Two
The Sun Devils' No. 1 doubles team of Kady Pooler and Roxanne
Clarke entered the season ranked No. 8 nationally by the ITA,
and have since risen to the No. 6 doubles duo in the nation. The
duo of juniors performed remarkably well during the fall season,
collecting an 8-3 record, as well as winning thefirst All-American
Doubles Championship in ASU program history on October 8,
2006 at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships
over Catrina and Christian Thompson of Notre Dame.
To Be the Best...
As always, the Sun Devils will play one of the toughest schedules
in the country, possibly the toughest in program history this
year, combining a strong non-conference slate with the always
powerful Pac-10 Conference schedule. This year, the Sun Devil's
will face 8 teams currently ranked in the Top-25, including two
matches against No. 1 Stanford, No. 7 Cal and No. 8 USC.
Where they Stack up
In the ITA's sixth poll of 2006, the Sun Devils were ranked
No. 22 as a team. Last year, the Sun Devilsfinished ranked
No. 24 in the country after posting an 13-9 overall record
and advancing to the NCAA tournament. It marks the eighth
straight poll that the Devils have been in the top 30.
At The Helm
Coach Sheila McInerney enters her 23rd season at the helm of the
Sun Devil program, the sixth longest tenure of any head coach at ASU,
after leading last year's team to its 19th consecutive appearance in
the NCAA tournament. In her 22 seasons, McInerney has led her team
to 21 berths in the tournament. Prior to the last two year's tournament
rounds, McInerney had led eight straight teams to the Sweet 16.
She holds a career record of 333-211 and has posted three 20-win
seasons in her career. ASU hasfi nished in the top-10 of the nation an
astounding 13 times under McInerney's tutelage.