Women's Tennis Downs No. 19 LSU in First Round of the 2004 NCAA Tennis Regional Championship

May 15, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas -- Arizona State won the doubles point and then clinched the matchwith three singles victories at Nos. 3, 5 and 6, en route to a 4-1 upset winover No. 19 LSU Saturday afternoon in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Women'sTennis Regional Championship, being held at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center onThe University of Texas campus.

The Sun Devils snapped a four-match losing streak with the win, and improved to7-14 in dual match play. The Devils, the No. 3 seed in the regional, advanceto Sunday's second round NCAA action in Austin. ASU will face the winner of No.1 regional seed and 12th-ranked Texas versus UT-Arlington, which was playedlater Saturday afternoon.

LSU saw its season end at 18-9. The Lady Tigers were seeded second in theregional and were ranked 19th nationally.LSU was making its 10th consecutive NCAA Championship showing, while ASU, fromthe powerful Pac-10 Conference, is playing in its 19th NCAA tourney. LSU hasnot won a NCAA tourney match since 2000.

ASU was led by freshmen Sabrina Capannolo and Kady Pooler, eachwinning their singles match after being on ASU's two winning doubles teams.

ASU won the doubles point as Pooler and junior Lauren Colalillo, ranked No. 57nationally in doubles, defeated LSU senior Rocio Fantilli and sophomore LaurenSeaman, 9-7, at No. 1 singles, while Capannolo combined with junior JoslynnBurkett at No. 3 doubles to stop the LSU duo of junior Amanda Mang and sophomoreCamila Caliari, 8-2.

At No. 2 doubles, senior Jessica Ferguson and sophomore Marina Chiarelli ofLSU won their match (8-4) against the ASU pair of freshman WendyPilecka and senior Cindy Sureephong.

With ASU leading 1-0, the two teams split the first two singles matches, asPooler defeated Caliari, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6 singles, before LSU got on the boardwith 57th-ranked Ferguson's 6-3, 7-5 decision over Burkett at No. 1 singles.

ASU then clinched the match by winning the next two singles points. At fifthsingles, Capannolo stopped Seaman (7-5, 6-2) and Sureephong won in a second-settie-breaker, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) match against LSU's Chiarelli at third singles.

With the match already decided, the second singles and fourth singles matcheswere not concluded.


'We've really played a very tough schedule this year, and I think thatprepared us well for the NCAAs. I thought our team competed well. It really wasa tight doubles point, and by winning that, it gave us some momentum. I know wedon't have many wins to show this season, but our conference (Pac-10) is reallytough. We'll regroup for tomorrow. If we face Texas, it will be the second timethis season we've met, as they beat us here in Austin, 4-3, in March. Both of ushave young teams - we go with three freshman in our starting lineup, and theyhave mainly sophomores and freshmen. So, it will be interesting to see how thatis handled.'

NCAA Women's Tennis Regional Championships (First Round)at Penick-Allison Tennis Center, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

Saturday, May 15- First Round Match

Arizona State 4, LSU 1

Singles Results(Order of Finish: 6,1,5,3 ... Did not finish: 2,4

No. 1 - Jessica Ferguson (LSU) def. Joselyn Burkett (ASU), 6-3, 7-5No. 2 - Rocio Fantilli (LSU) - Wendy Pilecka (ASU) -- Did Not FinishNo. 3 - Cindy Sureephong (ASU) def. Marina Chiarelli (LSU), 6-3, 7-6 (9-7)No. 4 - Amanda Mang (LSU) - Lauren Colalillo (ASU) -- Did Not FinishNo. 5 - Sabrina Capannolo (ASU) def. Lauren Seaman (LSU), 7-5, 6-2No. 6 - Kady Pooler (ASU) def. Camila Caliari (LSU), 6-1, 6-2

Doubles Results(Order of Finish: 3,2,1)

No. 1 -- Colalillo/Pooler (ASU) def. Fantilli/Seaman (LSU), 9-7

No. 2 -- Ferguson/Chiarelli (LSU) def. Pilecka/Sureephong, 8-4

No. 3 -- Capannolo/Burkett (ASU) def. Mang/Caliari, 8-2

Team Records: Arizona State (7-14); LSU (final record: 18-9)

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