Women's Tennis Opens Dual Season Hosting San Diego

Jan. 16, 2001

ON TAP:Arizona State will host visiting University of San Diego Toreros on Saturday, January 20th, at 12 p.m. in Tempe at the Whiteman Tennis Center. For the Devils, the dual battle will be the first team competition of the season.

THE MATCH-UPS:With the help of four new powerful additions to the team, the Sun Devils look to knock off USD for the second year in a row. Last year in San Diego, ASU defeated the Toreros, 5-1. This year, freshmen Jennifer Baker and Cindy Sureephong will be accompanied by experienced transfers Kristen Radford and Adria Engel. Baker, who compiled a 138-6 overall high school record, reached the semifinals of the Indoor Nationals in the Under-18 division. Sureephong won the Tallahassee Designated two years in a row and finished fourth in doubles competition at the 2000 Clay Court Nationals. Radford, a junior transfer from Vanderbilt, posted a 15-5 overal singles record in 1999 and was ranked as high as No. 38 in singles by ITA before transferring to ASU. Finally, sophomore Wake Forest transfer Adria Engel is another who will add some strength to the Devils' offense. The All-American notched a 45-10 overall mark before being named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Player of the Year in 2000. As a freshman, Engel was also named ITA's National Rookie of the Year.

PAC-10 INDOOR TOURNAMENT WRAP-UP:Three players from ASU's seventh-ranked squad traveled last weekend (Jan. 12-14) to Seattle, Washington for the ninth-annual Pac-10 Indoor Women's Tennis Tournament. Shining for the Devils were Adria Engel, Celena McCoury, and Jennifer Baker. After knocking off 21st-ranked Keiko Tokuda of Stanford in quarterfinal action and Washington State's Erica Perkins in the semifinals, Engel fell in the No. 1 singles flight finals to Laura Granville of Stanford, 6-1, 6-4. In the No. 2 flight, McCoury defeated Washington State's Zorana Rogonovic in the consolation quarterfinals on Saturday, 6-0, 6-1, but fell to Sophie Regnier of Arizona in the consolation semifinals, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5. Also competing for the Devils this weekend, Baker defeated Cal's Nicole Havlicek, but fell in the No. 3 flight singles quarterfinals to Stanford's Amelia Anderson, 6-1, 6-4.

HEAD COACH SHEILA MCINERNEY:In her 17th season as head coach of the Sun Devils, the former USC All-American currently ranks second in ASU school history with 255 wins. McInerney has coached 14 different All-Americans and has guided the Sun Devils to NCAA tournament play each of the past 13 seasons. With the help of three All-Americans last season, McInerney and her squad reached the quarterfinals in the NCAA tournament after knocking off Duke University in the round of 16.

IN THE RANKINGS:Four ASU players are currently listed in the nation's top rankings by the ITA. In singles action, Megan Yeats is ranked at No. 47, and teammate Faye DeVera is listed in the No. 97 spot. As a doubles team, Yeats and DeVera are nationally ranked at No. 31 overall. Also representing the Devils nationally in doubles rankings, Mhairi Brown and Celena McCoury are tied for No. 19.

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