#24 Women's Tennis Rallys to Upset #23 Fresno State 4-3

Feb. 1, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. -The #24 Arizona State Women's Tennis team retained their perfect record and unblemished series history Thursday, as they rallied back to upset No. 23 Fresno State 4-3. The Sun Devils are now 4-0 for the season and a perfect 3-0 against the Bulldogs all-time.

The Sun Devils started off slow with doubles as the eighth-ranked duo of Kady Pooler and Roxanne Clarke found their match in Fresno State's Vanessa Heroux and Anastasia Petukhova as the Bulldogs beat them 8-3. In the No. 3 spot, Nadia Abdala and Rebecca Rankin made quick work of Danon Beatty and Tinesta Rowe, blanking them 8-0. The last Devil duo of Sabrina Capannolo and Jessica Leitch hung tough, but were unable to top FS's Melanie Gloria and Renata Kucerkova, falling 8-5 and giving the Bulldogs the doubles point.

Singles was a different story for ASU as they came out on fire, rallying off three singles wins in straight sets. Roxanne Clarke led the way with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Bruna Paes, and was followed up with a 6-4 6-4 win from Laila Abadala over Vanessa Heroux. Fellow Devil Nadia Abdala came through for the third point winning 6-4, 7-5 over  Anastasia Petukhova.

Tied at 3-3, the match came down to ASU's Rebecca Rankin and Fresno State's Tinesta Rowe. Rankin came out strong, taking the first set 6-4. Rowe, ranked 92nd nationally rallied back to match with a 6-4 win in the second set. The third set was all Rankin as she went up 5-2, though Rowe wasn't finished as she came back to tied up the match 5-5. Rankin pulled through to take the next two tough sets to take the match from Rowe and win the match for the Devils.

The Sun Devils are now a perfect 4-0 on the season as they get set to take on No. 21 Texas next Saturday, February 10 in Austin, Texas at noon.

Results from #24 ASU vs. #23 Fresno State


1.) Heroux/Petukhova (FS) def. #8 Pooler/Clarke (ASU) - 8-3

2.) Gloria/Kucerkova (FS) def. Capannolo/Leitch (ASU) - 8-5

3.) N. Abdala/Rankin (ASU) def. Beatty/Rowe (FS)  -8-0



1.) #4 Melanie Gloria (FS) def. #90 Sabrina Capannolo (ASU) - 6-1, 6-4

2.) Nadia Abdala (ASU) def. Anastasia Petukhova (FS) - 6-4, 7-5

3.) #49 Renata Kucerkova (FS) def. #99 Kady Pooler (ASU) - 6-0, 6-2

4.) Rebecca Rankin def. #92 Tinesta Rowe (FS) - 6-4, 4-6, 7-5

5.) #76 Roxanne Clarke (ASU) def. Bruna Paes (FS) - 6-3, 6-4

6.) Laila Abdala (ASU) def. Vanessa Heroux (FS) - 6-4, 6-4


Final Score: ASU 4, FS 3

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