No. 22 Women's Tennis To Host Pac-10 Rival, No. 36 Oregon

April 12, 2007

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This Week

The No. 22 Sun Devil Women's Tennis team (10-9, 3-3 Pac-10 remains at home this weekend to host Pac-10 foe the 36th-ranked

Oregon Ducks (12-8, 0-5 Pac-10). The match is set to start at

noon on Saturday , April 14 at the Whiteman Tennis Center. The

Sun Devils are looking to see a familiar face as their Assistant

Coach for ten years, Paul Reber comes into town as the current

Head Coach of the Oregon Ducks.


Scouting the Ducks

The 36th-ranked Oregon Ducks are currently holding a 12-8 overall record

and a 0-5 Pac-10 record under

fi rst-year Head Coach and former

stand-out tennis player at ASU, Paul Reber. The Ducks head into town

with a roster packed with experience as they boast only two freshman

and six returners.


Up Next

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

second half of the `Duel in the Desert' as in-state and Pac-10 rivals

Arizona travel up to Tempe to take on the Sun Devils next Saturday,

April 21 at 1 p.m. PT. Last time against the `Cats this year, ASU came

out with a 6-1 win in Tucson.


Legends of the Fall

The Sun Devils had a very strong showing during their 2006 fall

season. For the

fi rst 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 #12 national ranking. At the ASU/Thunderbird

Classic Tournament in late October, senior Sabrina Capannolo,

now ranked No. 72 by the ITA, advanced to the

fi nal 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 eleventh poll of 2007, the Sun Devils were

ranked No. 22 as a team. Last year, the Sun Devils

fi nished

ranked No. 24 in the country after posting an 13-9 overall

record and advancing to the NCAA tournament. It marks

the 13th straight poll that the Devils have been in the top



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


in the top-10 of the nation an astounding 13 times

under McInerney's tutelage.

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