#22 Women's Tennis to Host Pac-10 Foes #1 Stanford and #7 Cal

Feb. 22, 2007

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This Week

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 two

flawless 7-0 victories

over Washington and Washington State.

This week also saw a change in the rankings as freshman, Nadia

Abdala made her

first 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.

Bear Tracks

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.

Up Next

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 the

first 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

the

final 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 the

first 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 Devils

finished 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 has

fi nished in the top-10 of the nation an

astounding 13 times under McInerney's tutelage.

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