No. 20 Women's Tennis Head East to #4 North Carolina and #11 Duke
March 2, 2007
This Week The No. 22 Arizona State Sun Devils hit the road again this weekend as they head east to face the fourth-ranked North Carolina Tarheels and the No. 11 Duke Blue Devils in North Carolina. Last weekend saw the Sun Devils hang tough with Pac-10 foes, #1 Stanford and #7 California, where they just barely fell in both matches 4-3. Last week also saw a change in the rankings as freshman, Nadia Abdala made her
The No. 22 Arizona State Sun Devils hit the road again this weekend
as they head east to face the fourth-ranked North Carolina
Tarheels and the No. 11 Duke Blue Devils in North Carolina.
Last weekend saw the Sun Devils hang tough with Pac-10 foes,
#1 Stanford and #7 California, where they just barely fell in both
Last week also saw a change in the rankings as freshman, Nadia
Abdala made herfi rst collegiate debut in singles and doubles,
grabbing a #68 ranking in singles and pairing up with Rebecca
Rankin for a #46 ranking in doubles.
Scouting the Tarheels
The #4 North Carolina Tarheels are currently 11-4 overall and
1-2 in ACC action. The Tarheels are coming off of a March 1 4-3
loss to #21 Wake Forest. A threat on the roster for the Tarheels
is junior Jenna Long, ranked fourth nationally with a 22-7 singles
record and an 18-5 doubles record with teammate Sara Anundsen
giving them a #9 ranking. UNC's Sanaz Marand is also tied
for #68 with ASU's Nadia Abdala. Marand and Caitlin Collins also
pair up to make the No. 17 doubles pair in the nation as well.
Devils vs. Devils
The #11 Duke Blue Devils are currently 3-2 overall and 1-0 in ACC
action. They are coming off a 6-1 loss to #3 Florida last weekend.
Elizabeth Plotkin is the only Blue Devil to grace the singles ranking
at No. 82 with a 7-6 singles record. Plotkin also pairs up with
fellow Devil Daniela Bercek to make up the No. 10 doubles pair
in the country with a 8-5 record.
The Sun Devils will return to Pac-10 action next weekend as they head
to LA to face USC and UCLA on Mar. 16 and 17.
Legends of the Fall
The Sun Devils had a very strong showing during their 2006 fall
season. For thefi rst 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
thefi nal round of the tournament, taking second place.
It Takes Two
The Sun Devils' No. 1 doubles team of Kady Pooler and Roxanne
Clarke entered the season ranked No. 8 nationally by the ITA,
and have since risen to the No. 6 doubles duo in the nation. The
duo of juniors performed remarkably well during the fall season,
collecting an 8-3 record, as well as winning thefi rst 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, No. 7 Cal and No. 8 USC.
Where they Stack up
In the ITA's sixth poll of 2006, the Sun Devils were ranked
No. 22 as a team. Last year, the Sun Devilsfi nished 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 hasfi nished in the top-10 of the nation an
astounding 13 times under McInerney's tutelage.