Women's Tennis Heads To Georgia For NCAA Championships
May 16, 2001
2001 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: The No. 1 Stanford women's tennis team will continue its quest for a national championship this Thursday when it opens play in the Sweet 16 of the 2001 NCAA Tournament ... The third round through the finals are May 17-20at the Lincoln Tennis Center in Stone Mountain, Ga. ... The Cardinal, which is the top seed in the tournament, will take on Wake Forest University on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. (EST), and the wnner will play Friday against either Arizona State or Cal at 2:00 p.m. (EST) ... After the team championships end the 64-player singles and 32-team doubles championships will take place May 21-26 ... Georgia upset Stanford 5-4 in the 2000 NCAA women's final at Pepperdine University ... The win snapped Stanford's 46-match win streak, and was the Cardinal's only loss of the year.
A BRIEF LOOK AT THE SEASON: The Cardinal completed its second consecutive undefeated regular season and is the only undefeated women's tennis team in Division I ... After going 25-0 last season and 24-0 this year, Stanford headed into the postseason with 61 consecutive regular season wins dating back to March 5, 1999 ... The Cardinal had considerable success at the National Team Indoor Tournament in Madison, Wisconsin ... As a team, Stanford defeated Baylor, USC and Vanderbilt before facing Georgia in the finals, where the Cardinal came away with a hard-fought 4-3 win ...The last time Stanford and Georgia met was in the 2000 national title match ... Throughout the course of the season, the Cardinal beat every Pac-10 opponent twice and had non-conference wins over Hawaii, Illinois State, Fresno State, Pacific, Pepperdine, UNLV and BYU.
PAC-10 DOMINANCE: The Cardinal captured its 13th consecutive Pacific-10 Conference title this season, and also earned both Pac-10 Player of the Year and Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year honors ... Sophomore Laura Granville (Chicago, IL) brought home Pac-10 Player of the Year honors after recording a 22-1 dual record ... Granville is the defending NCAA Singles Champion and the top-ranked player in the nation ... Junior Lauren Kalvaria (Indialantic, FL) teamed with freshman Lauren Barnikow (Woodbridge, NJ) to bring Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year honors to The Farm ... The duo is the top-ranked doubles team in the country, and has won 23 of its 26 dual matches ... Granville and Kalvaria also earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors, while junior Gabriela Lastra (Reno, NV) was named to the Second Team.
TOURNAMENT TIDBITS: Stanford leads the NCAA in national championships heading into this week ... The Cardinal has won a record 10 NCAAs ... Florida is the next closest team with three ... The Cardinal, at 26-0, carries the longest winning streak in the nation, and has won 72 of their last 73 matches over the past three seasons ... The Pac-10 has the most teams in the Sweet 16 out of all conferences - Stanford, Arizona State, California, Southern California, UCLA and Washington.
NCAA Championship Schedule May 17-20
Round of 16 matches: Round of 8 matches:Thursday, May 17, 2001 Friday, May 18, 2001(1) Stanford vs. Wake Forest Texas/Duke v. UCLA/Vanderbilt(8) Arizona State vs. (9) California Baylor/GA v. USC/Northwestern(4) Florida vs. (13) Notre Dame Stanford/Wake Forest v. ASU/Cal(5) Tennessee vs. (12) Washington Florida/ND v. Tenn/Washington(6) Vanderbilt vs. UCLA(3) Duke vs. (14) Texas Semifinals on Saturday(7) Northwestern vs. (10) USC 1:00 p.m. (EST) and 4:00 p.m.(2) Georgia vs. (15) Baylor Team Finals on Sunday 1:00 p.m.
GRANVILLE SET TO DEFEND NCAA TITLE: The Cardinal is led by the nation's top-ranked singles player in Laura Granville ... As the 2001 Rolex Intercollegiate Indoor Champion and defending NCAA champ, Granville is 39-1 this season and 86-3 in her two-year career ... Earlier this season at the National Team Indoors, she won her 58th straight match to break the NCAA Division I record held by Stanford's Patty Fendick-McCain in the past 14 years ... She ended her freshman season with a 35-match winning streak and won the first 23 matches of her sophomore campaign ... She became the second Stanford player in a row to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors, following Marissa Irvin in 2000 ... Granville brings a 16-match winning streak into this weekend's competition.
JUNIOR JARGON: The Cardinal has a strong contingent of juniors in Lauren Kalvaria (Indialantic, FL), Gabriela Lastra (Reno, NV) and Keiko Tokuda (Clifton, NJ) ... Kalvaria enters the weekend as the ninth-ranked singles player ... She has been perfect (22-0) in duals and has a 30-3 overall mark ... From the No. 2 position in the Cardinal's lineup, Kalvaria has quitely strung together 20 consecutive wins, including five over nationally-ranked opponents ... Lastra is currently ranked 17th and has gone 33-5 overall this year ... She is also 23-1 in duals, and has won her last 19 matches ... Lastra and Kalvaria, although they've played just four matches all year, are the 24th-ranked doubles team after going 4-0 and winning the ITA All-American title ... Tokuda, ranked No. 50, is 26-9 on the year, and 20-4 in duals action ... She has also paired up with Sarah Pestieau to make up the Cardinal's No. 3 doubles team, which is 15-4 this year.
BARNIKOW BANTER: Freshman Lauren Barnikow (Woodbridge, NJ) has put together a solid rookie campaign, going 33-6 overall and 23-1 in dual matches ... She posted a 22-0 mark in duals action before dropping a tough 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 match to UCLA's Lauren Fisher in the final regular season dual meet ... In the Pac-10 Indoor Championships earlier this year at Washington, Barnikow fell in the opening match, but came back to win three straight to claim the consolation singles title ... Barnikow has also enjoyed success in doubles play, teaming with Lauren Kalvaria as the top-ranked duo in the country ... Barnikow and Kalvaria are 35-4 overall this year and 25-3 in dual matches.