Tennis rained out once again

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Monday, February 22, 2010
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The rain seems to have an attraction to the ASU women’s tennis team, but the feeling isn’t mutual.

Pinned between two sessions of downpour, the No. 28 Sun Devils (3-1) could only finish three matches against Saint Mary’s.

The match will not be rescheduled.

“It’s a shame because we almost got it in,” ASU coach Sheila McInerney said.

Both sophomore Michelle Brycki and junior Micaela Hein recorded victories that will count in their records.

Brycki quickly knocked off SMC sophomore Sabrina Gunnarsson (6-1, 6-2) and Hein fought back to defeat SMC sophomore Anna Chikhikvishvili (4-6, 6-1, 6-0).

After a three-week delay in competition, the energy and excitement were easy to find.

“I was very excited to be back on the court,” said Brycki, who was also out with an ankle injury. “It felt nice to be out there, even in our warm-up.”

The Gaels recorded one victory when SMC junior Alex Poorta defeated ASU junior Kelcy McKenna in two sets (6-1, 6-4).

The other three matches were in the third set, when the second session of rain hit the courts.

Senior Nadia Abdala was leading her third set 4-3, sophomore Sianna Simmons was leading her third set 3-1 and freshman Hannah James was down 1-4 in the third set before it was called.

Doubles were not played.

“I think Nadia was going to win and I think [Sianna] was going to win,” McInerney said. “If we would have won those two we would have gotten four points.”

The Sun Devils travel to Berkeley, Calif. to play a rescheduled dual against No. 3 California Monday.

It was originally scheduled for Feb. 6 but cancelled due to ominous weather.

The Golden Bears boast two players ranked in the top 20 and defeated Saint Mary’s 7-0 on Feb. 2.

“Cal is a step up,” McInerney said. “It gives us a great opportunity to go up there, knock on wood for good weather, and play.”

Because the teams play again later in the season, the dual will not count in Pac-10 standings.

The weather is supposed to cooperate, with the National Weather Service predicting a mostly sunny day in between two days of showers.

Even though the match wasn’t finished, McInerney is content knowing that her players got some solid competition before the rain.

“Everybody almost got a single’s match in,” McInerney said. “At least we’ve played, which is important.”

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