No. 20 Women's Tennis Wraps Regular Season Duals at Home Against Arizona
April 20, 2007
The No. 20 Sun Devil Women's Tennis team (11-9, 4-3 Pac-10 remains
at home to wrap up their Pac-10 and dual season as they
face off against Pac-10 and in-state rival, #40 Arizona, Saturday,
April 21 in Tempe at the Whiteman Tennis Center. The match is
set to kick off at 1 p.m.
Preying on the `Cats
The 40th-ranked Arizona Wildcats are currently holding a 9-12 overall
record and a 3-4 Pac-10 record.The `Cats head into town with a roster
packed with experience as they boast only two freshman and six returners.
Last time out against the `Cats, the Sun Devils handed them a 6-1
loss on their home courts in Tucson.
The Sun Devils will start to wrap the regular season as they head to
Ojai, Calif. next weekend to participate in the Pac-10 Tournament.
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 #11 national ranking. At the ASU/Thunderbird
Classic Tournament in late October, senior Sabrina Capannolo,
now ranked No. 76 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 as high as the No. 6 doubles duo in the nation
before falling to their current rank of 11. The duo of juniors performed
remarkably well during the fall season, collecting an 8-3
record, as well as winning thefi 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 12th poll of 2007, the Sun Devils were ranked
No. 20 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 13th
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 hasfinished
in the top-10 of the nation an astounding 13 times
under McInerney's tutelage.