June 8, 2013
Cako, a four-time All-American for ASU head coach Sheila McInerney, was one of eight women’s tennis players in the nation to earn All-America honors in singles and doubles.
The Barrett Honors College graduate is one of only five tennis players in the history of Arizona State to amass four or more All-American honors in their career. Cako joins Adria Engel (2001-03), Allison Bradshaw(1999-00) and Reka Cseresnyes (1995-98) as four-time All-American honorees. Only Kori Davidson earned more All-American honors from 1993-95 with five. Cako also closed out her career with an impressive upset of top-ranked player Lauren Embree of Florida in the opening round of the NCAA Championships and making it to the round of 16 in singles and the semifinals in doubles with partner Smith.
Smith, who had battled a litany of injuries in her four-year career at Arizona State, closed out the season earning one of the top honors a tennis player can earn with her doubles All-American recognition. With partner Cako, Smith battled to earn the duo a spot as one of the last eight teams left in the NCAA doubles bracket.
With Cako and Smith earning the prestigious honors, the Sun Devils give McInernery her first All-American duo since Adria Engel and Dora Krstulovic both received All-America honors by the ITA in 2002.