#19 Women's Tennis to Open Home Duel Slate This Weekend Versus UC Davis and NAU

Jan. 18, 2008

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This WeekThe Arizona State Sun Devils will open their 2008 spring duelcampaign this weekend as they host the UC Davis Aggies and theNorthern Arizona Lumberjacks. The Devils face-off against theAggies on Saturday, January 19 at 11 a.m. and follow up with amatch-up with in-state rivals, NAU on Monday, January 21, also at11 a.m. Both matches will be played in Tempe at ASU's WhitemanTennis Center.

Last weekend saw the Sun Devils head to Las Vegas for one finaltournament before duel season as they competed in the FreemanMemorial Tournament hosted by UNLV. Going head-to-head withtough competition from UCLA, Stanford, Florida, Oregon, UNLVand Georgia Tech, the Sun Devils held their own with Freshman,Kelcy McKenna stepping up big again as she won the singles consolationbracket with a 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Ashley Joelson of UCLAin the finals.

Series HistoryAgainst the Aggies, the Sun Devils have met on the court threetimes, winning all three. The first two with 7-0 wins in 2005 and2006 and a 5-2 win last season on January 20, 2007 in Tempe.Versus the Lumberjacks, the Sun Devils currently hold a 9-0 recordover NAU. ASU has never allowed NAU a point in duel play,outscoring the Lumberjacks 67-0. Their last meeting was February26, 2007 at ASU's Whiteman Tennis Center with a final scoreof 7-0.

Up NextThe Sun Devils remain home next weekend as they take on their firstranked opponent of the season when the #24 Texas Longhorns cometo Tempe to face the Sun Devils on Saturday, Jan. 26 at noon at ASU'sWhiteman Tennis Center.

Legends of the FallThe Sun Devils had a very strong showing during their 2007fall season, especially with such a young team making theircollegiate debuts. They handled well as freshman, Kelcy McKennawas even able to jump into the rankings after going 11-3through the fall to grab a #93 ranking before even playing in aduel match!

Sister ActThe Abdalas have taken their talent to a new level this yearas they have stepped on the court to become a fierce force indoubles. They advanced to the Wilson/ITA Southern CaliforniaRegional Championships in October on to fall just short to thefifth-ranked UCLA duo of Amanda Fink and Gabriela Niculescu.

To Be the Best...As always, the Sun Devils will play one of the toughest schedulesin the country, combining a strong non-conference slatewith the always powerful Pac-10 Conference schedule.

Where they Stack upIn the ITA's first poll of 2008, the Sun Devils were rankedNo. 19 as a team. Last year, the Sun Devils finished rankedNo. 18 in the country after posting an 13-10 overall recordand advancing to the NCAA tournament. It marks the 36thstraight poll that the Devils have been in the top 30.

At The HelmCoach Sheila McInerney enters her 24th season at the helm of the SunDevil program, the fourth longest tenure of any head coach at ASU,after leading last year's team to its 20th consecutive appearance inthe NCAA tournament, a school record. In her 23 seasons, McInerneyhas led her team to 22 berths in the tournament. Prior to the last threeyear's tournament rounds, McInerney had led eight straight teams tothe Sweet 16. She holds a career record of 346-221 and has postedthree 20-win seasons in her career. ASU has finished in the top-10 ofthe nation an astounding 13 times under McInerney's tutelage.

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