Seventh-Ranked Women's Tennis to Battle No. 41 Iowa
March 12, 2001
ON TAP: Seventh-ranked Arizona State (9-3, 3-3) will take on No. 41-ranked Iowa (6-2) tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. at the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe.
THE MATCH-UPS: ASU remains undefeated at home (7-0), and has won every match by a 7-0 sweep at home. ASU had its eight-match winning streak snapped in California this weekend with losses to No. 10 California and No. 1 Stanford, but will look to extend its home winning streak against the Hawkeyes, who are on a three-match winning streak.
WORTH WATCHING: This year, freshman Cindy Sureephong accompanies experienced transfer Adria Engel, who is currently ranked No. 12. Sureephong finished fourth in doubles competition at the 2000 Clay Court Nationals. As a Devil, Sureephong has compiled a 14-3 record while going 10-1 in dual action. Engel, the 2000 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, is currently 9-3 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. Also, sophomore Mhairi Brown leads the Devils with an 18-5 record, while going 11-1 on the No. 5 court..
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: Three ASU players are currently listed in the nation's top rankings by the ITA. In singles action, No. 12-ranked Adria Engel is accompanied by No. 47-ranked teammate Megan Yeats. Engel has earned a 9-3 record on the No. 1 court, and Yeats (17-6) has posted a 9-3 record on the No. 3 court thus far. As a doubles team, the Adria Engel/Karin Palme tandem posts a No. 28 ranking.
FRIDAY, MARCH 9 @ CALIFORNIACALIFORNIA 4, ASU 3
DOUBLES:1. Kops-Jones/Kurimay (CAL) def. McCoury/Brown (ASU), 8-42. (28) Engel/Palme (ASU) def. Jacobs/Havlicek (CAL), 8-42. Fusano/Grant (CAL) def. Yeats/Sureephong (ASU) , 8-1
SINGLES:1. (12) Adria Engel (ASU) def. Christina Fusano (CAL), 7-5, 6-22. Anita Kurimay (CAL) def. Karin Palme (ASU), 6-3, 6-43. Raquel Kops-Jones (CAL) def. (47) Megan Yeats (ASU), 6-4, 6-44. Jieun Jacobs (CAL) def. Faye DeVera (ASU), 6-4, 7-6(3)5. Mhairi Brown (ASU) def. Catherine Lynch (CAL), 6-4, 4-6, 11-9 (tie breaker set)6. Cindy Sureephong (ASU) def. Sekita Grant (CAL), 6-4, 6-3
SATURDAY, MARCH 10 @ STANFORDSTANFORD 6, ASU 1
DOUBLES:No. 1 - #1 Lauren Barnikow/Lauren Kalvaria (S) d. Celena McCoury/Mahairi Brown,8-6No. 2 - #8 Laura Granville/Gabriela Lastra (S) d. Adria Engel/Karin Palme, 8-3No. 3 - Cindy Sureephong/Megan Yeats (ASU) d. Emilia Anderson/Keiko Tokuda, 8-4
SINGLES:No. 1 - #1 Laura Granville (S) d. Adria Engel, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3No. 2 - #7 Lauren Kalvaria (S) d. Karin Palme, 6-0, 6-2No. 3 - #16 Gabriela Lastra (S) d. Megan Yeats, 6-1, 6-2No. 4 - #87 Lauren Barnikow (S) d. Fay DeVera, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2No. 5 - Mahairi Brown (ASU) d. #32 Keiko Tokuda, 6-3, 6-2No. 6 -#89 Emilia Anderson (S) d. Cindy Sureephong, 6-2, 6-2