By Shayne Dwyer, SDA Media Relations
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The No. 24 Arizona State Sun Devils (3-1; Pac-12 0-0) women's tennis team will play host to Montana State in a double header on Saturday, February 1, and San Jose State the following day, Sunday, February 2 at the Whiteman Tennis Center on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.
Arizona State will enter this weekend's play after splitting two matches last weekend in Evanston, Ill. at the ITA Indoor Qualifier -- a win on the first day over higher ranked Notre Dame and a loss the next day to host team Northwestern University.
"We're excited to get back playing outdoors again...I think last weekend's tough matches were really helpful as we came back a better team than we left," Arizona State head coach Sheila McInerney said.
The doubleheader on Saturday will be the second double header of the season thus far for Arizona State. The team opened the home play with a doubleheader featuring Northern Arizona on the opposing side of the net -- a series ASU swept winning 7-0 in the matinee match and 5-0 in the afternoon.
The Bobcats of Montana State, competing in the Big Sky Conference, have been off to a rough start dropping decisions against both Washington State and Idaho State on the road. San Jose State comes into the Sunday match in a little bit better shape -- the team is 2-3 and will face the University of Arizona on Saturday and then travel north to Tempe to finish the weekend with the Sun Devils.
While this weekends' matches fall back onto the normal early-season scale, a scale that gradually slopes into extremely rigorous Pac-12 conference play, last weekend's matches can't be too easily forgotten. Facing such a high ranked opponent that early in the season, like they did at the qualifier, is something that is not typical of early season play. It does have its benefits however.
"The intensity level of those two matches and the urgency of each point can't help but take you to a new level," McInerney said. "Either way, we are looking forward to a great weekend of tennis."
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