Tenth-Ranked Women's Tennis to Host No. 37 UCLA & No. 12 USC
March 15, 2001
ON TAP: Tenth-ranked Arizona State (10-3, 3-3) will host No. 37 UCLA (3-9, 2-0) and No. 12 USC (11-3, 1-1) this Friday and Saturday at the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe. The Devils will battle the Bruins at 1:30 p.m. (MST) on Friday and the Trojans at 12:00 p.m. (MST) on Saturday.
THE MATCH-UPS: ASU remains undefeated at home (8-0), and has defeated each opponent at home by a 7-0 sweep. UCLA, which is on a nine-match losing streak, comes into Tempe undefeated in Pac-10 play. The Bruins came away with a nail-biting victory in Los Angeles on January 27th, beating the Devils, 4-3. ASU came back the very next day to split the California trip by beating USC at Marks Stadium, 6-1.
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 15-3 record while going 11-1 in dual action. Engel, the 2000 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, is currently 10-3 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 19-5 record, while going 12-1 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 265 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 10-3 record on the No. 1 court, and Yeats (18-6) has posted a 10-3 record on the No. 3 court thus far. As a doubles team, the Adria Engel/Karin Palme tandem posts a No. 28 ranking.