The No. 22 Sun Devils enter the critical contests on a 12-match winning streak.
ASU found success in recent weeks with victories over the University of Oregon and Washington State. Head Coach Sheila McInerney’s team now returns for the first match in nearly a month on its home court in Tempe.
Friday’s match against USC won’t be easy. The fifth-ranked Trojans are the only other undefeated Pac-12 team and boast a 17-2 overall record. They stand at 6-0 in conference play. USC defeated No. 11 California and No. 12 Stanford in Los Angeles last weekend.
Meanwhile, No. 4 UCLA (13-4, 4-2 Pac-12) came up just short in its Pac-12 encounter with California last Saturday afternoon, suffering a closely-contested 4-3 loss.
Arizona State’s matchup with its Southern California foes opens the back half of the Pac-12 schedule, which features four out of five matches against squads ranked in the top-12 in the nation. Two ASU student-athletes are currently ranked nationally. They include senior Jacqueline Cako (No. 23) and freshman Desirae Krawczyk (No. 106.)
So far this season, the Sun Devils have excelled at doubles play. The team has two ranked teams in this category, including No. 40 (Jacqueline Cako and Nicole Smith) and No. 62 (Leighann Sahagun and Desirae Krawczyk).
Friday’s match against USC is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., and Saturday’s match against UCLA starts at noon.