ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Arizona State women’s tennis team will open the fall tournament season, Sept. 20-22, at the Wolverine Invitational hosted by University of Michigan.
This season at the Wolverine Invitational, the tournament will assign a point system for wins at each position in the line-up. The winner of the No. 1 spot in the line-up will receive eight points with each spot receiving a decreasing value of points.
Entering her 30th season as the head coach of the Arizona State women’s tennis team, Sheila McInerney becomes one of three head coaches in school history to break the 30-year mark. Only current gymnastics head coach John Spini (1981-present, 34 years) and McInerney’s predecessor Anne Pittman (1954-1984, 30 years) have coach at Arizona State for 30 or more seasons. With McInerney and Pittman, the Sun Devil tennis program has been led by only two coaches over the course of 60 years.
The Sun Devils return four players from their line-up last season including 2012 Thunderbird Invitational runner-up sophomore Desirae Krawczyk, who recorded a 19-12 record at the No. 2 spot in singles. Sophomore Stephanie Vlad also recorded a solid 22-11 singles record in the No. 4 line-up spot.
Arizona State will take on Tulane in singles play this Friday at 11 a.m. ET. Doubles action begins Sat., Sept. 21 at 9:30 a.m. ET against Purdue.
WOLVERINE INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE (Subject to Change)
Friday, Sept. 20
9:30 a.m. -- Michigan vs. DePaul; Notre Dame vs. Purdue
Not before 11 a.m. -- Arizona State vs. Tulane
Not before 1 p.m. -- Michigan vs. Purdue
Not before 2 p.m. -- Arizona State vs. DePaul
Not before 2:30 p.m. -- Tulane vs. Notre Dame
Saturday, Sept. 21
9:30 a.m. -- Michigan vs. DePaul; Arizona State vs. Purdue; Notre Dame vs. Tulane
11 a.m. -- Michigan vs. Arizona State; Purdue vs. Notre Dame; Tulane vs. DePaul
Not before 1:30 -- Michigan vs. Tulane; Arizona State vs. Notre Dame
Not before 3 p.m. -- DePaul vs. Purdue
Sunday, Sept. 22
9:30 a.m. -- Michigan vs. Notre Dame; Arizona State vs. DePaul; Tulane vs. Purdue
11 a.m. -- Tulane vs. Purdue; Notre Dame vs. DePaul
Not before 1 p.m. -- Michigan vs. Arizona State
FORMAT OF PLAY
Each team will play three rounds of singles and three rounds of doubles. There will be up to eight flights in singles and four flights in doubles per match-up. Points will allotted for each win based on the following decreasing point value to determine the champion (singles and doubles) at the end of the weekend.
Win at No. 1 position – 8 points
Win at No. 2 position – 7 points
Win at No. 3 position – 6 points
Win at No. 4 position – 5 points
Win at No. 5 position – 4 points
Win at No. 6 position – 3 points
Win at No. 7 position – 2 points
Win at No. 8 position – 1 point