How Sweep It Is: Sun Devils Take Both Matches in Saturday Doubleheader
TEMPE, Ariz. – On a gray, chilly day, the Sun Devils were on fire.
Sheila McInerney's squad swept both Colorado State and New Mexico State, 4-0, on Saturday at the Whiteman Tennis Center to begin the season 3-0 for the third time in the last four seasons.
The Sun Devils have made quick work of their first three opponents this spring, as neither Northern Arizona, Colorado State or New Mexico State have registered a single point yet. Both contests on Saturday had abandoned singles matches, simply because the Sun Devils were quick to clinch wins both times.
Newcomers Sedona Gallagher and Patricija Spaka have made terrific first impressions, as they've yet to drop a singles or doubles match.
SUN DEVILS 4, AGGIES 0
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Sun Devils tweaked their doubles lineup a bit in the afternoon versus the Aggies, but the results remained the same: two quick doubles wins, via Marianna Argyrokastriti and Giulia Morlet on court two and Sedona Gallagher and Cali Jankowski on court three. It was the first time either duo have played together this spring.
Cali Jankowski clinched the match for the Sun Devils in singles play, thanks to a 6-4, 6-1 win on court five. Giulia Morlet (6-0, 6-0) and Patricija Spaka (6-1, 6-0) provided the two other singles points to put a stamp on the 4-0 win.
SUN DEVILS 4, RAMS 0
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Sun Devils cruised to a 4-0 win against Colorado State in the doubleheader's opening match, backed by solid doubles play and a trio of key singles wins. Domenika Turkovic and Patricija Spaka clinched the doubles point for the Sun Devils with a 6-2 win on court one.
All eyes were on court one, as the Sun Devils and Rams split the first two matches and each team needed one more win to seal the lone doubles point. Sedona Gallagher and Giulia Morlet won 6-0 on court two, to set up Turkovic and Spaka to close the deal.
After an early 1-0 advantage, the Sun Devils only needed singles wins from Cali Jankowski (6-2, 6-4), Turkovic (6-0, 6-3) and Spaka (6-2, 6-2) to clinch the match. The remaining three singles matches, which were still in progress at the time, were abandoned.
The matchup with the Rams was the first between the schools since March 24, 1977 – a contest in which the Sun Devils won, 9-0.
The Sun Devils will hit the road for the first time of 2022 this week for the ITA Weekend Kickoff Tournament in Orlando, Florida. They'll play the Auburn Tigers on Friday, January 28 at 1 p.m. MST and either UCSB/UCF the following afternoon, with a start time to be determined.