The No. 22 Arizona State women’s tennis team defeated rival Arizona 4-3 at the Whiteman Tennis Center on Saturday. The win gives ASU an additional Territorial Cup point in tennis, increasing its overall lead against the Wildcats in Territorial Cup standings to 7.5-5.5.
Arizona State took advantage of Senior Day momentum to open with three wins on the doubles courts, clinching the first match point. Sun Devils Joanna Smith and Hannah James won the first match of the day eight to love. Leighann Sahagun and Desirae Krawczyk then gained a win of their own, defeating Arizona’s Kim Stubbe and Akilah James 8-3. And the pairing of Nicole Smith and Jacqueline Cako completed the final match, earning an 8-4 victory against Wildcats Lacey Smyth and Shayne Austin.
ASU also took three of the singles matches, which combined with the doubles point were enough to win the match overall. Seniors Jacqueline Cako and Hannah James had wins in their final home court performances.
ASU Head Coach Sheila McInerney was pleased with the outcome of Saturday’s play. “I thought we really played well in the doubles — I think that was a good boost of momentum going into the singles play,” McInerney said. “Obviously, that point ended up being important and I was just really impressed with all three courts.”
She added, “Before this we had four tough matches at home against top-10 teams so it’s nice to end your season at home against your rivals on senior day.”
Arizona State will take some to rest and regroup before Pac-12 Championships and NCAA Qualifiers begin in the next few weeks.