TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona State women's tennis team will face their toughest test thus far this season as they travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on No. 2 Ohio State on Sunday, Feb. 28.
"We've played Ohio State here last year and they've improved since then," said head coach Sheila McInerney. "They've had a really good season so far. We're playing them at their home so we expect a really tough match. They have a good crowd there, it's going to be indoors and should be loud. They have a really fiesty team and compete great.
"With that being said, we have to go in there and match that. Kind of an us against the world environment."
Last season, the Sun Devils -- then ranked No. 27 -- were on the brink of defeating the then-No. 31 Buckeyes. Like McInerney said, OSU is a different team this year and will take a team effort to come away victorious in hostile territory.
"We have to play within ourselves and it helps if you can win the doubles point," she said. "Last year we won the doubles point, and then we have five three-setters and they won four of them. They have to come out individually and concentrate on themselves and play well. Each person has to do their own job."
Their recent matches -- particularly against No. 38 Long Beach State -- have prepared them for the possiblity of a three-set grinder of a match. Four of their six singles matches with LBSU went the distance with the Devils winning two of them to help clinch the match.
"That's why we always try to play a really good schedule is to get battle tested," McInerney said. "We're towards the end of the non-conference season and you're playing a team as good as Ohio State, you know you're going to have to compete. I think it's good we were battle tested this past weekend for sure."
The match will begin at 12 p.m. CT (11 a.m. MT) and can be watched live here.