Seventh-Ranked ASU Women's Tennis Travels To Los Angeles to Battle #12 USC And #9 UCLA

Jan. 23, 2001

ON TAP: Seventh-ranked Arizona State will be traveling to Los Angeles this Friday and Saturday to open Pac-10 play against #12 USC (2-0) and #9 UCLA (0-0). The Devils will battle the Trojans on Friday at 1:30 p.m. (PST) and then take on the Bruins on Saturday at 12 p.m. (PST).

THE MATCH-UPS: The Devils are coming off an exciting 7-0 sweep over the University of San Diego on Saturday in Tempe. It was the first dual team action for the squad this season, and ASU hopes to start out the Pac-10 season with the same intensity against USC and UCLA. Last year in Tempe, the Devils beat #10-ranked USC 6-3, but fell to the sixth-ranked Bruins a day later, 6-3 .

WORTH WATCHING: This year, freshmen Jennifer Baker and Cindy Sureephong will be accompanied by experienced transfers Kristen Radford and Adria Engel. Baker compiled a 138-6 overall high school record, and Sureephong 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. After knocking off 21st-ranked Keiko Tokuda of Stanford in quarterfinal action and Washington State's Erica Perkins in the semifinals, Wake Forest transfer Engel fell in the No. 1 singles flight finals to Laura Granville of Stanford, 6-1, 6-4, in the Pac-10 Indoor Tournament two weeks ago. On Saturday, Engel beat two-time All-American Katarina Volkyova from the University of San Diego. Engel, an All-American herself, notched a 45-10 overall mark before being named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Player of the Year in 2000, and as a freshman, she was also named ITA's National Rookie of the Year.

ASU/UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO WRAP-UP (JAN. 20): In doubles action, ASU combos of Adria Engel /Karin Palme, Celena McCoury/Mhairi Brown, and Megan Yeats/Cindy Sureepong earned the team point by sweeping all three of the match-ups. In singles action, ASU played tough and was able to maintain play without dropping a single set in each of the six match-ups. On the No. 1 court, Adria Engel battled Torero two-time All-American Katarina Valkyova to come away with a 6-3, 6-2 win, her first career dual victory as a Sun Devil.

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 256 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, No. 47 -ranked Megan Yeats improved her record to 9-3 with a singles victory on Saturday. Teammate Faye DeVera, who holds an 8-4 overall record, 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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