Tennis Tops Cougars to Open Pac-10 Play

March 5, 2010

PULLMAN, Wash. -

The Arizona State women's tennis team opened Pac-10 play with a win over Washington State. The No. 44 Sun Devils topped the Cougars 5-2 to improve their record to 5-3 with a 1-0 record in the Pac-10.

'It was a nice day in Pullman, in the high 50s, so we got to play outside which was nice,' said 26th year head coach Sheila McInerney. 'You can't complain about any Pac-10 road win.'

The Sun Devils swept doubles to earn the doubles point. On court one, the team of Micaela Hein and Nadia Abdala defeated Lea Jansen and Elisabeth Fournier 8-2. Kelcy McKenna and Hannah James paired up to earn an 8-2 win over Liudmila Vasilieva and Andjela Kankaras. Finally, in the No. 3 spot, Michelle Brycki and Nicole Smith picked up an 8-3 victory.

'We won doubles pretty easily,' said McInerney. 'I though they played pretty well.'

Four singles matches went in favor of the Sun Devils. Playing the No. 2 slot for the first time all season, Hein topped Fournier 6-2 in the first set before gutting out a 7-5 second set victory to leave Pullman with a win. McKenna dominated Ksenia Googe in the No. 3 position, topping the Cougar 6-2, 6-3. Brycki continued her flawless dual match play, earning a solid 6-0, 6-3 win over Marina Nicolas. In the No. 6 slot, sophomore Sianna Simmons earned a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Jansen.

'Overall I'm pleased with how they played,' said McInerney. 'The girls finished early, it was a quick match.'

The Sun Devils head to Seattle tonight and will face the No. 18 Washington Huskies tomorrow at noon.


1. No. 79 Liudmila Vasilieva (WSU) def. Nadia Abdala (ASU) 6-1, 6-1

2. Micaela Hein (ASU) def. Elisabeth Fournier (WSU) 6-2, 7-5

3. No. 104 Kelcy McKenna (ASU) def. Ksenia Googe (WSU) 6-2, 6-3

4. Andjela Kankaras (WSU) def. Hannah James (ASU) 4-6, 6-4, 10-1

5. Michelle Brycki (ASU) def. Marina Nicolas (WSU) 6-3, 6-3

6. Sianna Simmons (ASU) def. Lea Jansen (WSU) 6-0, 6-3


1. Hein/Abdala (ASU) def. Jansen/Fournier (WSU) 8-2

2. McKenna/James (ASU) def. Vasilieva/Kankaras (WSU) 8-2

3. Brycki/Smith (ASU) def. Gomez/Googe (WSU) 8-3

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