No. 20 Women's Tennis Head East to #4 North Carolina and #11 Duke

March 2, 2007

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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

fi 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.

Up Next

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 the

fi 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


fi 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 the

fi 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 Devils

fi 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 has

fi nished in the top-10 of the nation an

astounding 13 times under McInerney's tutelage.

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