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Match Preview: Women's Tennis vs. Arizona State, NCAA First Round

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 05/05/2014
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Alanna Wolff and the Tigers will head to Alabama to face Arizona State.
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#47 2014 NCAA Tournament
First Round
#25
(18-5, 7-0 Ivy)

May 9 • 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Live Stats | Tournament Central

(18-7, 5-5 Pac-12)
Princeton Tigers
Probable Lineups
based on last matches
Arizona State Sun Devils
(67) Lindsay Graff (Jr.)/Alanna Wolff (Fr.) 1st Doubles Desirae Krawczyk (So.)/Leighann Sahagun (Jr.)
Emily Hahn (So.)/Caroline Joyce (Fr.) 2nd Kassidy Jump (Fr.)/Joanna Smith (Jr.)
Joan Cannon (Jr.)/Dorothy Tang (Fr.) 3rd Alexandra Osborne (Fr.)/Ebony Panoho (So.)
Lindsay Graff (Jr.) 1st Singles (69) Stephanie Vlad (So.)
(94) Alanna Wolff (Fr.) 2nd (37) Desirae Krawczyk (So.)
Emily Hahn (So.) 3rd Kassidy Jump (Fr.)
Sivan Krems (Fr.) 4th Leighann Sahagun (Jr.)
Dorothy Tang (Fr.) 5th Ebony Panoho (So.)
Katie Goepel (Jr.) 6th Gussie O'Sullivan (Fr.)

Head coaches: Princeton head coach Laura Granville is in her second season in her first head-coaching position while Arizona State coach Sheila McInerney is in her 30th season at ASU, which has been her only head-coaching role. The two have met on the tennis court before, when Granville played at Stanford from 1999-2001. Stanford went 5-0 against ASU over those two seasons, including a win in the 2000 NCAA quarterfinal when Stanford went on to win the NCAA title.

Against Arizona State: Princeton and ASU have never met. The Tigers last won a match against a Pac-12 foe a season ago at Colorado, defeating the Buffaloes 4-3. Princeton is 5-10 all-time against Pac-10/12 teams at the time of the match.

Player notes: Princeton had two 2014 All-Ivy League singles honorees in first-teamer and Ivy Player of the Year Lindsay Graff and second-teamer Alanna Wolff, with Wolff also earning a bid to the NCAA singles tournament. Graff and Wolff were a first-team doubles pair. Graff has been named All-Ivy in singles and doubles in each of her three seasons. Katherine Flanigan (singles) and Joan Cannon (doubles) were All-Ivy Leaguers last season. Wolff is ranked No. 94 on the ITA singles list and Graff and Wolff are ranked No. 67 in doubles.

For ASU, Desirae Krawczyk is ranked No. 37 by the ITA and Stephanie Vlad is at No. 69. Krawczyk and Kassidy Jump are ranked No. 80 in doubles, though the pair have not played together since Mar. 22 vs. Washington State. Krawczyk earned a bid to the NCAA singles tournament. Though no current Sun Devils have career All-Pac-12 honors, this year's list won't be out until after the first NCAA tournament weekend.

NCAA Tournament History: The Sun Devils have made all 29 of their NCAA tournament appearances under McInerney, who has guided ASU into the bracket annually since 1988 after first making the draw in 1985. Princeton was in the second NCAA tournament in 1983 and returned in 2000, 2009 and 2010, but this will be the first postseason for any of the current Tigers. ASU's furthest advance in the postseason has been eight trips to the NCAA quarterfinal, most recently in 2001 when Granville and the Cardinal ended the Sun Devils' season. Princeton is looking for its first NCAA win after coming up one point short in 4-3 losses to Florida International and Virginia in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Season Recap: Princeton enters the postseason on a 10-match winning streak, its longest since 2010, after standing at 8-5 in mid-March. The Tigers lost their first four matches to ITA-ranked opponents but have won the last three, all in Ivy League play against No. 52 Yale, No. 46 Harvard and No. 37 Columbia, the last of which clinched Princeton's NCAA tournament bid. Arizona State has played 14 matches against ITA-ranked opponents and is 7-7 in those matches. ASU was 16-2 before finishing the Pac-12 schedule with two wins in its final seven matches with the five defeats coming against the Pac-12's California schools and rival Arizona to close out the regular season. Neither team has played a match since the weekend of April 19-21, though some ASU players competed individually in the Pac-12 Championships that wrapped April 27.

Common Opponents: Princeton and Arizona State have two common opponents this season and both had the same results. Stanford defeated both teams, Princeton 7-0 on Jan. 28 and ASU 6-1 on March 30, and both teams defeated Yale, Princeton 4-3 on April 4 and ASU 4-3 on March 13.

Against The Field: Among NCAA tournament teams, Princeton has faced Columbia, Stanford, Denver, FDU, Stony Brook, Ohio State and Miami (Fla.), going 3-4 against those opponents. ASU has faced Stanford, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, Cal, UCLA, Purdue, USC and Arizona, going 2-7 against the group.

Up Next: The winner will face either Alabama or Jackson State, who will play following Princeton and ASU. Alabama is the No. 2 overall seed in the draw and advanced to the SEC final before losing to Georgia. Jackson State won the SWAC's automatic bid.
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