No. 33 ASU Shows No Pity for Wildcats in Shutout Victory
TUCSON - Not even an ounce of pity for the kitty!
No. 33 Arizona State (13-7, 6-3 Pac-12) shutout in-state rival Arizona (13-11, 2-8 Pac-12) 4-0 to close out the regular season Saturday afternoon in Tucson. ASU took control early and never let up en route to celebrating Lauryn John-Baptiste, Giulia Morlet, Marianna Argyrokastriti's singles victories on top of the the doubles point. The Sun Devils now turn their eyes to next week's Pac-12 championship in San Diego, Calif.
It was nice to win the rivalry match and get the Territorial Cup point," head coach Sheila McInereny said. "Despite the 4-0 score it was a tough match with the doubles coming down to a tiebreaker and three three-setters going in singles. But I'm happy with the win and you always like to end the season with a win over the 'Cats. It's been a long season with COVID and everything so we're very much looking forward to the Pac-12 championships where we'll probably be the four-seed with a good chance to play USC again so we're excited to finish the regular season strong and start Pac-12s next week."
It was all-gas no-breaks for ASU, with Ilze Hattingh/Lauryn John-Baptiste kicking doubles off with a 6-2 victory on court one followed by a 7-6 victory at No. 3 from Giulia Morlet/Tereza Kolarova.
The middle of the lineup then kept the pressure on for ASU heading into singles play, with the Sun Devils' match-clinching wins coming from straight-set victories at the three, four and five slots.
No. 33 ASU kicks off the Pac-12 Championships next weekend. The field isn't set yet, but play runs Friday-Monday at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif. More information will be shared as soon as it's available.
#33 Arizona State at Arizona
April 17, 2021 | Tucson, Ariz.
ASU 4, Arizona 0
1. Hattingh/John-Baptiste def. Lukic/Iglupas 6-2
2. Heynemans/Wilkins def. Hampton/Argyrokastriti 6-3
3. Kolarova/Morlet def. Amos/Zandberg 7-6(7-5)
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1. No. 112 Jelena Lukic vs. No. 118 Ilze Hattingh 6-2, 6-6 unf.
2. Kayla Wilkins vs. Sammi Hampton 6-3, 4-6 unf.
3. Lauryn John-Baptiste def. Talya Zandberg 6-4, 6-1
4. Guila Morlet def. Abby Amos 6-4, 6-3
5. M. Argyrokastriti ddef. Gitte Heynemans 6-3, 6-4
6. Khim Iglupas vs. Domenika Turkovic 3-6, 6-1, 1-3 unf.
Order of finish: 5, 3, 4