Sheila McInerney To Coach USA Tennis Collegiate Team

July 23, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) today announced that, for the second straight year, Arizona State women's head coach Sheila McInerney will coach the 12 top American women's collegiate tennis players that will make up the 2002 USA Tennis Collegiate Team.

McInerney, who will be heading into her 19th season at the helm of the Sun Devil program, holds 290 career wins to her credit, as well as taking the Arizona State team to six consecutive Sweet 16 appearances and finishing in the top-10 five of the six past seasons.

Past and current Arizona State players that have played on the USA Tennis Collegiate Team included Allison Bradshaw and Adria Engel, respectively

Named to the 2002 USA Tennis Collegiate Team are: Bea Bielik (Valley Stream, N.Y.), Vilmarie Castellvi (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) Lauren Kalvaria (Indialantic, Fla.), Gabriela Lastra (Reno, Nev.), Jessica Lehnhoff (Delray Beach, Fla.) and Jewel Peterson (College Park, Ga.).

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.

Members of this year's teams are scheduled to participate in selected events on the USTA Professional Circuit this summer.

The program is funded by the USTA, and the players were chosen by a USTA and ITA Selection Committee with the following criteria: U.S. citizen, dual match record, final Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Ranking, performance in ITA national events and sportsmanship.

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