TEMPE, Ariz. – The quest for a 35th straight NCAA tournament appearance for Sun Devil Women’s Tennis officially begins January 14 when the team opens the 2023 campaign with a doubleheader against Grand Canyon and UC San Diego at the Whiteman Tennis Center.
The women’s tennis program today announced its spring schedule, a 23-game roster that will begin in mid-January with a five-game homestand for the head coach in his 39th year Sheila McInerney.
The Sun Devils will welcome Grand Canyon, UC San Diego, Northern Arizona, New Mexico State and Loyola Marymount before heading to the annual ITA Kickoff Weekend where they will face UCF and either Auburn or UCSB.
They’ll return to the Whiteman Tennis Center on constructive days in early February for a quick two-match homestand against SMU and San Diego, and then a tough test awaits them against a pair of perennial contenders at Oklahoma and Ohio State.
The ITA National Team Indoors, should the Sun Devils qualify, is scheduled for February 10-13 in Seattle.
The Sun Devils will open March with a trio of Tests against Baylor, Oregon and Penn before fully diving into conference play. In mid-March and April they will visit Washington, Washington State, California and Stanford.
The last home games of spring come in early April when USC, UCLA, Colorado and Utah come to town.
The regular season finale will be played in Tucson on April 22 against rival Arizona.
The Sun Devils will travel to the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai April 26-29. At last year’s tournament, the Sun Devils stormed into the finals for the first time in tournament history after defeating USC No. 4 and first-place Cal on consecutive days.
The NCAA Championships, an event the Sun Devils have qualified for for 34 consecutive seasons, is scheduled for May 5-7, with the current venue yet to be determined.
Singles matches for the NCAA tournament, which includes singles and doubles matches, will be held May 22-27 in Lake Nona, Florida. Dominik Turkovic and Patrizi Spaka were one of 32 duos selected for the NCAA doubles tournament a season ago.
Six from last year’s “Super Seven” Sun Devils team have returned this season, plus the addition of one transfer Rachel Hanford (Minnesota) and true freshman Chelsea Fontenel.
In the ITA’s most recent preseason fall rankings, Turkovic and Spaka were listed as the nation’s No. 9 duo, while four were listed as top 100 individual players (No. 69 Julia MorletNo. 74 Dominik TurkovicNo. 84 Marianna Argyrokastriti and No. 95 Sedona Gallagher).