Ninth-Ranked ASU Women's Tennis To Host Oregon, New Mexico
Feb. 6, 2001
ON TAP: Ninth-ranked Arizona State (2-1) will be hosting the University of Oregon (3-2) on Saturday and the University of New Mexico (3-2) on Sunday. The Devils will battle the Ducks and the Lobos at 12 p.m. (PST) at the Whiteman Tennis Center.
THE MATCH-UPS: The Devils are coming off some nice rest after traveling to Los Angeles a week ago to take on nationally-ranked UCLA and USC. The Devils split the weekend with a tough loss against the Bruins and a good win against the Trojans. Now, the Devils will focus on the University of Oregon, whom ASU beat last year on the road, 5-1. The Maroon and Gold also opened up last season with a 9-0 win over the No. 27-ranked Lobos in Tempe.
WORTH WATCHING: Leading the Devils this season thus far is sophomore Megan Yeats, who has earned an 11-3 record with her solid play. Also this year, freshmen Jennifer Baker and Cindy Sureephong are 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. As a Devil, Sureephong has compiled a 7-2 record while going undefeated in dual action. 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. 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 WRAP-UP FROM LOS ANGELES: The Devils lost a heart-breaker to No. 9 UCLA on Saturday, January 27, but then came back a day later to beat No. 12 USC. After winning the doubles point against the Bruins, ASU took a 3-1 lead, but were outplayed in singles action, dropping four of the six match-ups, and falling 4-3 in a thriller that went down to the wire. Against the Trojans, ASU combos of Adria Engel /Karin Palme and Megan Yeats/Cindy Sureepong earned the team double point, and in singles action, ASU played tough and was able to take five of the six match-ups for a 6-1 win.
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 257 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 has improved her record to 11-3 Teammate Faye DeVera, who holds an 7-4 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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