No. 19 Women's Tennis to Lock Horns With No. 24 Texas This Weekend in Tempe
Jan. 24, 2008
The Arizona State Sun Devils will continue their spring 2008 homeduel campaign this weekend as they host the 24th-ranked Longhornsof Texas. The Devils face-off against the Texas on Saturday,January 26 at noon in Tempe at ASU's Whiteman Tennis Center.
Last weekend saw the Sun Devils for the 25th consecutive season,clinch their opening match with a 7-0 win over UC Davis. Not oncein Head Coach Sheila McInerney's tenure have the Sun Devils lostan opening duel match. The Devils also stepped up to defeat theNAU Lumberjacks as well with a 6-1 win, giving ASU a 10-0 all-timerecord over the the `Jacks.
Scouting the Longhorns
Texas rolls into town this weekend with a few weapons in theirpockets as they come to Tempe as a team ranked 24th by the ITA.In addition, the 25th-ranked doubles duo of Marija Milic and VanjaCorovic. The Longhorns travel to the valley this weekend with a1-0 record after defeating UTSA 6-1 on their home courts in Austin.
The series history against the Longhorns is an old one, which hasTexas holding the edge over the Sun Devils who have an all-timerecord of 7-15 against them. In their last meeting in 2007, the Devilsfell 4-3 in a rainy day in Austin after topping them 6-1 the yearbefore in Tempe. Of their seven wins, fi ve have been at home andof the 15 losses, eight have been in Austin.
The Sun Devils will have a bye week next weekend before continuingtheir home slate against Florida International and Houston February 8and 10. Both matches will be held in Tempe at the ASU Whiteman TennisCenter with FIU kicking-off at 1:30 p.m. and Houston starting at 11 a.m.
Legends of the Fall
The 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!
The Abdalas have taken their talent to a new level this yearas they have stepped on the court to become a fi erce force indoubles. They advanced to the Wilson/ITA Southern CaliforniaRegional Championships in October on to fall just short to thefi fth-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 Up
In the ITA's fi rst poll of 2008, the Sun Devils were rankedNo. 19 as a team. Last year, the Sun Devils fi nished 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 Helm
Coach Sheila McInerney enters her 24th season at the helm of the SunDevil program, the fourth longest tenure of any head coach at ASU, afterleading last year's team to its 20th consecutive appearance in the NCAAtournament, a school record. In her 23 seasons, McInerney has led herteam to 22 berths in the tournament. Prior to the last three year's tournament rounds, McInerney had led eight straight teams to the Sweet16. She holds a career record of 346-221 and has posted three 20-winseasons in her career. ASU has fi nished in the top-10 of the nation anastounding 13 times under McInerney's tutelage.