#24 Sun Devils to Face First Ranked Opponent of the Year Against #23 Fresno State
Jan. 31, 2007
The Arizona State Sun Devils continue their 2007 campaign this week as they will host the #23 Fresno State Bulldogs, Thursday, February 1 at 1:30 p.m. at ASU's Whiteman Tennis Center.
The Bulldogs are 1-0 coming into Thursday's match, after a 6-1 win over the Nevada Wolf Pack at home at the Walthen Tennis Center.
Last weekend saw the Sun Devils continue their season against Northern Arizona and Cal Poly with two perfect 7-0 wins, notching 12 singles wins. The Sun Devils are now a perfect 3-0 on the season.
Versus the Bulldogs, the Sun Devils hold a 2-0 all-time series lead, with their last meeting coming in 2003 in the NCAA Second Round in Gainesville, Fla. coming out with a 4-2 win. Prior to that the Sun Devils met in March of 1989 in Tempe emerging with a 9-0 win.
The Sun Devils will take to the road next week as they head to face the
No. 21 Texas Longhorns in Austin, Texas. The match will kick off at noon, MT at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
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 Notre Dame.
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 second poll of 2006, the Sun Devils were ranked No. 24 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 finished in the top-10 of the nation an astounding 13 times under McInerney's tutelage.