No. 25 Women's Tennis Returns Home to Host No. 10 UCLA and No. 7 USC

April 5, 2007

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This Week

The No. 25 ASU Sun Devil Women's Tennis team return home for

some Pac-10 action this weekend as they host the tenth-ranked

UCLA Bruins on Friday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m. and the seventh-ranked

USC Women of Troy on Saturday, April 7 at noon. Both matches

will be played at ASU's Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe.

Scouting the Bruins

The #10 UCLA Bruins are 12-5 overall and a perfect 3-0 in Pac-10

play as they roll into the valley this weekend. Last weekend saw

the Bruins beat Oregon in a perfect 7-0 outing. The Bruins are returning

fi

ve of six players that came within a point of making the

NCAA Quarter

finals last year, proving them to be a powerhouse

worth reckoning. Last year vs. the Bruins the Sun Devils fell twice

in a 7-0 loss in Tempe and a 6-1 loss in LA

Trojan Horse

The #7 USC Trojans return just as strong with

five returning members

of a 2006 squad that reached the NCAA Semi

finals. Last

weekend saw the Women of Troy also enjoy a perfect 7-0 sweep

of the Ducks in Oregon. They currently sit at 14-2 overall and 3-0

in Pac-10 play. Last year against the Women of Troy the Sun Devils

fell 5-2 both at home and in LA.

Up Next

The Sun Devils will remain home next weekend as they host the Oregon

Ducks, where their former Assistant Coach, Paul Reber is currently

Head Coach. The match will be held in Tempe at the ASU Whiteman Tennis

Center on Saturday, April 14 at noon.

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. 90 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 as high as the No. 6 doubles duo in

the nation before falling to their current rank of 12. The duo of

juniors performed remarkably well during the fall season, collecting

an 8-3 record, as well as winning the

fi rst 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 tenth poll of 2006, the Sun Devils were ranked

No. 25 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 12th

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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