No. 8 Women's Tennis Hosts Oregon In Pac-10 Opener

Feb. 12, 2003

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ON TAP: The eighth-ranked Arizona State women's tennis team (4-0) will open Pac-10 Conference action, hosting Oregon (7-1) on Saturday, February 15 at 12:00 p.m. Last year the Sun Devils defeated the Ducks, 6-1, in Eugene. ASU has lost only two matches the entire year and are a combined 26-2 in dual competition.

LAST TIME OUT: The Devils blanked San Diego 7-0 for their second straight shutout. The doubles started off strong with the 37th-ranked pair of Cindy Sureephong and Mhairi Brown continuing their success by defeating USD's Jennifer Brown and Lauren Kazarian 8-3. ASU also found success at the No. 1 and 3 slots, following suit and securing the doubles point by sweeping all three matches. In singles play, the Devils found a similar story to doubles, winning each match. Adria Engel, Dora Krstulovic, Lauren Colalillo and Brown all kept their dual records perfect on the season will victories.

HEAD COACH SHEILA McINERNEY: Enters her 19th season at the helm of the Sun Devil program after leading her team to a NCAA Round of 16 appearance and a No. 9 national ranking in 2002. McInerney has also guided ASU to eight quarterfinal appearances in her tenure, and has made the NCAA tournament in 17 of her 18 seasons. McInerney was also selected as the head coach of the 2001-2002 USA Tennis Collegiate team. In 1997, McInerney was honored as the ITA National Coach of the Year after guiding the Sun Devils to a 15-7 record and a No. 7 national ranking. She also garnered 1997 Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year honors and is a three time (1988, '90, '01) West Region ITA Coach of the Year. McInerney, who owns a career record of 294-168 (.636), posted three 20-win seasons (1986, '90, '01) to her credit and has guided the Devils to 15 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. ASU has finished in the top-10 in five of the past six seasons and an astounding 13 times in her 18 seasons. McInerney has tutored 23 All-Americans and 13 different all-conference players.

BIG NUMBERS: Senior and three-time All-American Adria Engel will look to become Arizona State's second four-time All-American selection (Reka Cseresnyes 1995-98). After capturing ASU's first Pac-10 singles title (male/female) as a sophomore, Engel is also seeking to become the school's all-time leader in wins. She is currently 14-6 and holds a career record of 115-39 (.747).

DEVILS IN THE RANKINGS: As a team, Arizona State is No. 8 in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, administered by the ITA. In singles, Adria Engel is No. 21, Dora Krstulovic comes in at No. 39 and Mhairi Brown at No. 109. In doubles, Engel and Krstulovic begin at No. 20, while Brown and Cindy Sureephong check in at No. 37.

SCHEDULE STRENGTH: Once again the Devils will face a strong non-conference slate along with the always powerful Pac-10 Conference. Thirteen ASU opponents earned NCAA bids last year, while nine of ASU's opponents are ranked in the top-25. The Pac-10 comprises five of the nation's top-10 teams and seven of the nine Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top-20.

HOME SWEET HOME: Over the past five seasons, Arizona State holds an impressive 57-14 (.803) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center, while posting a 27-5 (.844) mark the past two seasons. The Devils non-conference record is even more impressive over the past five seasons with a 47-6 (.887) mark over that span.

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