Kelcy McKenna Looking to Capitalize on Last Season's Success
Nov. 16, 2009
By Alec Boyle
In the final tournament of the preseason, junior All-American Kelcy McKenna concluded fall season with a bang, finishing runner-up in the 15th Annual Thunderbird Invitational Tournament.
McKenna battled through a minor knee injury and proceeded to compete with tenacity and fierceness as she gave it her all in the championship match. She now looks forward to the upcoming dual season in January where she hopes again claim All-American honors and see to it that her team makes a lasting impression at the NCAA tournament.
McKenna was named an All-American in both singles and doubles in the 2008-2009 season. She became the first Sun Devil to earn All-American honors in both singles and doubles since Adria Engel in 2002. McKenna is also one of only six Sun Devils to earn All-Americans in both singles and doubles. She finished the season ranked eighth in singles and 21st in doubles with partner Micaela Hein.
'It was a good accomplishment to be named an All-American, but my number one goal this year is a team championship,' McKenna said.
McKenna has made her primary focus the team and said the two ultimate 'stepping stones' to success are to continue their long streak of NCAA Tournament appearances and possibly hosting a regional.
In order to prepare themselves, the team will be on a regular weight lifting and conditioning schedule, in addition to their 8 hours-a-week of practicing.
McKenna and the rest of her Sun Devil teammates are going to kick start their spring season at the Freeman Memorial Tournament in Las Vegas on Jan. 15. McKenna is looking forward to all of the matches, but is especially anxious to head back to the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., in hopes of adding a Pac-10 title to her already long list of honors.
With a winning singles record of 33-13 and a 27-12 doubles record last season, as well as first-team Pac-10 accolades on top of her All-American honors, McKenna has high expectations to live up to and is ready to take the challenges of the new season head on.
'Although it hasn't been our best fall season, we've gotten better and I'm looking forward to what we'll do in the spring,' McKenna said.
The Sun Devils will resume their season in January at the Freeman Memorial Tournament in Las Vegas.