Tennis Tops Cougars to Open Pac-10 Play

March 5, 2010

PULLMAN, Wash. -

The Arizona State women's tennis team opened Pac-10 play with a win over Washington State. The No. 44 Sun Devils topped the Cougars 5-2 to improve their record to 5-3 with a 1-0 record in the Pac-10.

'It was a nice day in Pullman, in the high 50s, so we got to play outside which was nice,' said 26th year head coach Sheila McInerney. 'You can't complain about any Pac-10 road win.'

The Sun Devils swept doubles to earn the doubles point. On court one, the team of Micaela Hein and Nadia Abdala defeated Lea Jansen and Elisabeth Fournier 8-2. Kelcy McKenna and Hannah James paired up to earn an 8-2 win over Liudmila Vasilieva and Andjela Kankaras. Finally, in the No. 3 spot, Michelle Brycki and Nicole Smith picked up an 8-3 victory.

'We won doubles pretty easily,' said McInerney. 'I though they played pretty well.'

Four singles matches went in favor of the Sun Devils. Playing the No. 2 slot for the first time all season, Hein topped Fournier 6-2 in the first set before gutting out a 7-5 second set victory to leave Pullman with a win. McKenna dominated Ksenia Googe in the No. 3 position, topping the Cougar 6-2, 6-3. Brycki continued her flawless dual match play, earning a solid 6-0, 6-3 win over Marina Nicolas. In the No. 6 slot, sophomore Sianna Simmons earned a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Jansen.

'Overall I'm pleased with how they played,' said McInerney. 'The girls finished early, it was a quick match.'

The Sun Devils head to Seattle tonight and will face the No. 18 Washington Huskies tomorrow at noon.

Singles

1. No. 79 Liudmila Vasilieva (WSU) def. Nadia Abdala (ASU) 6-1, 6-1

2. Micaela Hein (ASU) def. Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) 6-2, 7-5

3. No. 104 Kelcy McKenna (ASU) def. Ksenia Googe (WSU) 6-2, 6-3

4. Andjela Kankaras (WSU) def. Hannah James (ASU) 4-6, 6-4, 10-1

5. Michelle Brycki (ASU) def. Marina Nicolas (WSU) 6-3, 6-3

6. Sianna Simmons (ASU) def. Lea Jansen (WSU) 6-0, 6-3

Doubles

1. Hein/Abdala (ASU) def. Jansen/Fournier (WSU) 8-2

2. McKenna/James (ASU) def. Vasilieva/Kankaras (WSU) 8-2

3. Brycki/Smith (ASU) def. Gomez/Googe (WSU) 8-3

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