Women's Tennis Advances To NCAA Team Championships

May 12, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - The top-ranked Stanford University women's tennis team (26-0) advanced to the NCAA Women's Tennis Team Championships in Stone Mountain, Georgia with a 4-0 win over the 32nd-ranked University of Mississippi (10-13) on a cold and windy Saturday evening at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

The final four rounds of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships will be held in Stone Mountain from May 17-20. On Thursday in the round of 16, Stanford will face the winner of Sunday's second round match between 15th-ranked Oklahoma State University (23-4) and 17th-ranked Wake Forest University (17-8) in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

'I am very happy with the outcome,' Stanford head coach Lele Forood said. 'The conditions got very difficult out there with the wind, and Mississippi came out and played well.'

Stanford quickly captured the doubles point by decisively winning the No. 1 and No. 3 matches. Senior Sarah Pestieau (New York, NY/Lycee Francais de New York) and junior Keiko Tokuda (Clifton, NJ/Clifton HS) wrapped up the point for the Cardinal with an 8-3 victory over freshman Audra Adams (Newport Beach, CA) and junior Camilla Gould (Montgomery, AL) at No. 3.

The Cardinal then assured itself a spot in Stone Mountain with three straight set singles victories. Top-ranked and defending NCAA Singles Champion Laura Granville (Chicago, IL/The Latin School) opened singles play with an impressive 6-1, 6-3 victory over 32nd-ranked Julie DeRoo (Ecully, France) at No. 1. After Tokuda beat Karem Harboe (Villa Almana, Chile) 6-3, 6-2 at No. 5, freshman Lauren Barnikow (Woodbridge, NJ/Woodbridge HS) picked up the Cardinal's fourth and deciding point by defeating Mira Radu (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4.

#1 Stanford 4, #32 Mississippi 0

Singles

#1 - #1 Laura Granville (S) d. #32 Julie DeRoo, 6-1, 6-3

#2 - Hanna-Katri Aalto (M) v. #9 Lauren Kalvaria (S), suspended (6-4, 5-4 Stanford)

#3 - Alesya Ignatieva (M) v. #17 Gabriela Lastra (S), suspended (7-5, 1-4 Mississippi)

#4 - Lauren Barnikow (S) d. Mira Radu, 6-4, 6-2* (clinched victory)

#5 - #50 Keiko Tokuda (S) d. Karem Harboe, 6-3, 6-2

#6 - Camilla Gould (M) v. Emilia Anderson (S), suspended (5-7, 6-3, 3-0 Stanford)

Doubles (Stanford wins point)

#1 - #1 Lauren Barnikow/Lauren Kalvaria (S) d. Julie DeRoo/Mira Radu, 8-2

#2 - Hanna-Katri Alto/Alesya Ignatieva (M) v. #2 Laura Granville/Gabriela Lastra (S), suspended (6-4 Mississippi)

#3 - Sarah Pestieau/Keiko Tokuda (S) d. Audra Adams/Camilla Gould, 8-3* (clinched doubles point)

Records - #1 Stanford 26-0, #32 Mississippi 10-13.

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