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Women's tennis gears up to host 15th Annual Thunderbird Invitational

November 05, 2009

The Arizona State women's tennis team will play host in the 15th Annual Thunderbird Invitational this weekend at the Whiteman Tennis Center in sunny Tempe, Ariz. With fantastic weather predictions for the weekend, the entire ASU team will compete in the tournament along with players from Boise State, California, Michigan, Ohio State and the University of San Diego.

Doubles play will begin at 8:30 each morning with the singles matches following. The tournament begins Friday morning and will conclude on Sunday. The singles will compete in a 32-player bracket while doubles matches will be assigned daily. Results will be posted on at the conlusion of every round.

Thunderbird Individual Champions (since 2001)
Year Player School
2008 Jana Juricova California
2007 Marina Cossou California
2006 Marion Ravelojaona California
2005 Jessica Shu Michigan
2004 Not Decided Due to Rainout
2003 Jenny Zika Duke
2002 Saras Arasu Duke
2001 Kate Ruckert Texas

Scouting the Thunderbird:
The singles bracket features four players ranked in the Preseason top 100. Sun Devils Kelcy McKenna (7), Nadia Abdala (35) and Micaela Hein
(68) are all ranked along with Wolverine Rika To (74). ASU has already faced competitors from Cal and San Diego in the fall season.

All-American Duo
Two Sun Devils returned to school as All-Americans. Both McKenna and Hein were awarded All-American accolades last season after last season's NCAA Championships. McKenna earned honors in both singles and doubles while Hein garnered doubles awards last season.

Senior Star
Senior Nadia Abdala looks to cap her Sun Devil career in superior fashion. The three-time All-Pac-10 honoree made it to the second-round of the NCAA Championship last season and is looking to improve on that finish this season. This will be Abdala's first event this season.

Coach Mac Honored
ASU women's tennis head coach, Sheila McInerney, has been honored by the Maricopa County YWCA as the Sports Leader of the Year. The 26th year head coach will be recognized along with the 10 other honorees at the 2010 YWCA Tribute to Women luncheon in February.