Eighth-Ranked ASU Women's Tennis Heads Westward to Battle No. 10 California & No. 1 Stanford
March 6, 2001
ON TAP: Eighth-ranked Arizona State (9-1, 3-1) will take on No. 10-ranked California (4-2, 1-2) and No. 1-ranked Stanford (11-0, 4-0) this weekend on the west coast. The Devils will face the Golden Bears at 1:30 p.m. (PST) on Friday and then take on the Cardinal on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. (PST).
THE MATCH-UPS: The Devils are coming off 7-0 sweeps over six of the seven opponents they have last faced. ASU remains undefeated at home (7-0), and has won every match by a 7-0 sweep at home. ASU will look to extend its eight-match winning streak as they take on nationally ranked California and Stanford. Last year against California, the Devils defeated the No. 2-ranked Golden Bears, 5-4, at home, but fell on the road to the then-No. 4-ranked Bears, 7-2. ASU fell to No. 1-ranked Stanford both outings by a 6-1 and 7-1 score.
WORTH WATCHING: Guiding the Devils' attack this season is No. 45 sophomore Megan Yeats, who has earned a 17-4 record with her solid play. Also this year, freshman Cindy Sureephong accompanies experienced transfer Adria Engel, who is currently ranked No. 35. Sureephong finished fourth in doubles competition at the 2000 Clay Court Nationals. As a Devil, Sureephong has compiled a 13-2 record while going undefeated (9-0) in dual action. Engel, the 2000 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, is currently 11-5 for the Devils on the No. 1 court. She was also named ITA's National Rookie of the Year before transferring to Arizona State from Wake Forest.
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 264 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: Five ASU players are currently listed in the nation's top rankings by the ITA. In singles action, No. 35-ranked Adria Engel is accompanied by No. 45-ranked teammate Megan Yeats. Engel has earned an 8-2 record on the No. 1 court, and Yeats (17-4) has posted a 9-1 record on the No. 3 court thus far. As a doubles team, the Mhairi Brown/Celena McCoury tandem posts a No. 50 ranking, and Engel pairs up with teammate Karin Palme for a No. 33 doubles ranking.