Sheila McInerney Named Coach Of The USA Women's Collegiate Tennis Team; Adria Engel Selected One Of Six Players

May 31, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) today announced the six top American women's collegiate tennis players who will make up the 2001 USA Tennis Collegiate Team, coached by Arizona State's Sheila McInerney.

Named to the 2001 USA Women's Tennis Collegiate Team are: Ansley Cargill (Fr./Atlanta, Ga.) of Duke, Michelle Dasso (Sr./Long Grove, Ill.) of Notre Dame, Adria Engel (So./Glenn Ellyn, Ill.) of Arizona State, Laura Granville (So./Chicago, Ill.) of Stanford, Lauren Kalvaria (Jr./Indialantic, Fla.) of Stanford and Whitney Laiho (Sr./Newport, R.I).

The USA Tennis Collegiate Team, an elite training program for the top American collegiate tennis players, is administered by the USTA and ITA and is designed to provide players with valuable exposure to the professional circuit in a team-oriented environment.

Engel, a two-time All-American, reached the NCAA quarterfinals last week in singles and set the Arizona State single season record for wins with a 32-8 mark. She closed out the season winning 28 of her last 31 matches, as well as capturing the Pacific-10 singles title back in April (the first men's/women's in school history). Additionally, Engel was also named the ITA Player to Watch and earned ITA National Player of the Month honors for April.

McInerney, the ITA West Region Coach of the Year will coach the women's team. This past season she led ASU to its 14th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, including their second straight quarterfinal appearance. McInerney ranks second in ASU history with 275 wins in her 17-year reign as Head Coach, and has guided the Devils to the NCAA quarterfinals in six of the last 10 seasons.

The 2001 women's team begins play in Easton, Maryland on June 18, while the men's team begins play on July 16 in Joplin, Missouri.

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