#23 Women's Tennis To Face NAU and Cal Poly
Jan. 25, 2007
The Arizona State Sun Devils continue their 2007 campaign this weekend as they host the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (0-2, Big Sky 0-0) and the Cal Poly Mustangs (0-2, Big West 0-0). The Lumberjacks are coming off opening weekend losses to
Last weekend saw the Sun Devils open their season against UC
Versus the Lumberjacks, the Sun Devils currently hold a 8-0 record over NAU. ASU has never allowed NAU a point in duel play, outscoring the Lumberjacks 60-0. Their last meeting was February 22, 2005 at ASU's
ASU and the Cal Poly Mustangs have met only once before when they faced off February 12 of last year in
The Sun Devils remain home next weekend as they take on their first
ranked opponent of the season with the #21 Fresno State Bulldogs come to
Legends of the Fall
The Sun Devils had a very strong showing during their 2006 fall season. For the first time in the program's history, Kady Pooler and Roxanne Clarke teamed up to win an All-American Doubles title at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. They also currently hold a #8 national ranking going into duel action. At the ASU/Thunderbird Classic Tournament in late October, senior Sabrina Capannolo, now ranked No. 90 by the ITA, advanced to the final round of the tournament, taking second place.
It Takes Two
The Sun Devils' No. 1 doubles team of Kady Pooler and Roxanne
Clarke enter the season ranked No. 8 nationally by the ITA. The duo of juniors performed remarkably well during the fall season, collecting an 8-3 record, as well as winning the first All-American Doubles Championship in ASU program history on October 8, 2006 at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships over Catrina and Christian Thompson of
To Be the Best...
As always, the Sun Devils will play one of the toughest schedules in the country, possibly the toughest in program history this year, combining a strong non-conference slate with the always
powerful Pac-10 Conference schedule. This year, the Sun Devil's will face 8 teams currently ranked in the Top-25, including two matches against No. 1 Stanford and No. 3 USC.
Where They Stack Up
In the ITA's first poll of 2006, the Sun Devils were ranked No. 23 as a team. Last year, the Sun Devils finished ranked No. 24 in the country after posting an 13-9 overall record and advancing to the NCAA tournament. It marks the eighth straight poll that the Devils have been in the top 30.
At The Helm
Coach Sheila McInerney enters her 23rd season at the helm of the Sun Devil program, the sixth longest tenure of any head coach at ASU, after leading last year's team to its 19th consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. In her 22 seasons, McInerney has led her team to 21 berths in the tournament. Prior to the last two year's tournament rounds, McInerney had led eight straight teams to the Sweet 16. She holds a career record of 333-211 and has posted three 20-win seasons in her career. ASU has fi nished in the top-10 of the nation an astounding 13 times under McInerney's tutelage.