Tennis Opens Pac-10 Play at Washington Schools
March 4, 2010
The No. 44 Arizona State women's tennis team heads to the state of Washington to open Pacific-10 conference play. The Sun Devils will compete against Washington State on Friday and head to Seattle for a matchup with Washington the following day. ASU is currently 4-2.
The Sun Devils defeated Fresno State, who has reached the Sweet Sixteen for the past three years, 6-1. Along with doubles sweeping, Kelcy McKenna, Micaela Hein, Hannah James, Sianna Simmons and Michelle Brycki picked up wins. The team's match against Texas was cancelled due to rain.
Rain, Rain Go Away
The Sun Devils have had two rainouts this season, and the lack of matches is likely the cause of the Sun Devils drop in the rankings. The Sun Devils were forced to cut their match against Saint Mary's short while a late start thanks to rain forced the Sun Devils to cancel their match to the Longhorns, who had to catch their flight.
Checking Out the Competition
The Huskies are ranked 18th in the latest poll. The doubles duo of Denise Dy and Joyce Ardies are listed at ninth while Lina Xu and Samantha Smith are 59th in doubles. Dy is also ranked seventh in singles while Venise Chan is 16th. For the Cougars, Liudmila Vasilieva is 79th in singles and the team of Erin Troedson and Marina Nicolas is 59th in doubles.
After a being out for the early part of the year due to injury, Michelle Brycki has burst into the Sun Devils' lineup. Excited about being able to play again, she is currently 3-0 in dual matches in the No. 6 slot.
Nadia Abdala is looking to cap her ASU career in superior fashion. The senior from San Diego has been named to the All-Pac-10 team each of her years at ASU. She is currently 3-3 in dual matches. Abdala, who returned to the team's No. 1 slot the past week, hardly competed in the fall due to a shoulder injury.
The Sun Devils return two All-Americans to their squad. Kelcy McKenna snagged singles and doubles All-American recognition last season. McKenna's doubles partner Micaela Hein earned All-American accolades. Hein is 3-2 in dual singles this season while McKenna is 4-3.
Hailing from Across the Pond
Hannah James has fit into the Sun Devils lineup very nicely. A native of Birmingham, England, James has just dropped one dual match this season. At 4-1, she has won two of her three matches in straight sets.
What a Coach!
A role model on and off the courts, Sheila McInerney was recently honored by the YWCA in their Tribute to Women campaign. The 26th year head coach has been selected as the Sports Leader honoree. As the head coach of the Sun Devils, McInerney boasts a 375-239 record and has taken ASU to 16 NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances. In addition, her teams are frequently recognized for their excellence in the classroom.
The Sun Devils open Pac-10 season in the Pacific Northwest as they will compete against Washington State on Friday, Mar. 5 and Washington the following day.