Women's Tennis Ends Perfect Season With NCAA Championship
June 12, 2001
NATIONAL CHAMPS: The 2001 Stanford women's tennis team won the national championship in dominating fashion, capping off a 6-0 run in the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 win over Vanderbilt in the championship match ... It was the 11th NCAA team title for Stanford and third in the last five years ... The Cardinal finished the season with a perfect 30-0 record, marking the ninth undefeated season in program history and first since 1990 ... Stanford also dropped just one point in its six NCAA Tournament matches, which ties the school record set by the 1989 squad in its four victories ... The road to the championship started at Stanford's own Taube Family Tennis Stadium as the Cardinal defeated Boston University (4-0) and Mississippi (4-0) ... Stanford then traveled to Stone Mountain, Georgia where it beat Wake Forest (4-0), Arizona State (4-0) and Florida (4-1) before topping Vanderbilt in the finals.
GRANVILLE WINS SECOND STRAIGHT NCAA SINGLES TITLE: Sophomore Laura Granville defeated teammate Lauren Kalvaria 7-6, 6-3 to claim her second consecutive NCAA singles title ... She became the first back-to-back NCAA Singles Champions since Lisa Raymond of Florida in 1992 and 1993 ... It also marks the 10th time in 20 years that a Stanford player has won the NCAA singles title ... The 2001 Honda Sports Award winner, Granville defeated teammate Marisssa Irvin in the 2000 singles final for her first title ... Granville went 46-1 this season and 93-3 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 Irvin ... Granville won 80 of her last 81 matches and ended the season on a 23-match winning streak ... Following the NCAAs, Granville announced her intentions to turn pro this summer.
A BRIEF LOOK AT THE SEASON: The Cardinal completed its second consecutive undefeated regular season and was 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 ... 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.
FOROOD'S FILE: In her first year at the helm, Lele Forood became the first female head coach to win an NCAA team title ... This year's championship is the first as a head coach for Forood, who was also an assistant coach for six national title runs from 1988-2000 ... She guided the Cardinal to its ninth perfect season and first in over 10 years ... Her squad also dropped just one point in its six NCAA Tournament matches, which ties the school record set by the 1989 squad in its four victories ... The Cardinal has won 72 of its last 73 matches over the past three seasons.
JUNIOR JARGON: The Cardinal's strong contingent of juniors in Lauren Kalvaria (Indialantic, FL), Gabriela Lastra (Reno, NV) and Keiko Tokuda (Clifton, NJ) now has two national titles to its collection ... Kalvaria, Tokuda and Lastra were all starters on Stanford's 1998 title team ... Kalvaria was perfect in duals this year with a 27-0 record, which ranks third on the all-time list for dual wins in a season ... She won 29 of her last 30 matches and finished as the national runner-up to teammate Laura Granville ... Kalvaria, who was ranked No. 4 in the final ITA rankings, was 39-4 on the year ... Lastra ended up with a 16th ranking and went 34-6 overall this year ... She also went 24-1 in duals, and won 20 of her last 21 matches ... Lastra and Kalvaria, although they played just four matches all year, were the 30th-ranked doubles team after going 4-0 and winning the ITA All-American title ... Tokuda, ranked No. 54, had a 29-10 overall record on the year, and was 23-4 in duals action ... She also paired up with Sarah Pestieau to make up the Cardinal's No. 3 doubles team, which went 16-4 this year.
FRESHMEN FACTS: Lauren Barnikow (Woodbridge, NJ) and Emilia Anderson (Cincinnati, OH) both put together solid rookie campaigns for the Cardinal ... Barnikow went 34-7 overall and 24-2 in dual matches ... She posted a 22-0 mark in duals action before dropping a match in the final regular season dual meet ... In the Pac-10 Indoor Championships, Barnikow claimed the consolation singles title ... She also enjoyed success in doubles play, teaming with Lauren Kalvaria as the top-ranked duo in the country for a majority of the season ... Barnikow and Kalvaria were 41-5 overall this year and 28-3 in dual matches, and finished with a No. 2 ranking ... Anderson was the Cardinal's primary No. 6 singles player and finished the season with a 21-7 overall record ... She played consistently throughout the NCAA Team Championships, and clinched the match in the semifinals against Florida and in the first round against Boston ... In doubles play, Anderson teamed with several different players throughout the year, primarily Keiko Tokuda ... Anderson and Tokuda were 5-4.
PAC-10 PUNCH: 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 ... Laura Granville brought home Pac-10 Player of the Year honors after recording a 22-1 dual record ... Granville won her second straight NCAA Singles Championship this year and ends the season as the top-ranked player in the nation ... Lauren Kalvaria teamed with Lauren Barnikow to bring Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year honors to The Farm ... The duo finished the year as the second-ranked doubles team in the country, and won 23 of its 26 dual matches ... Granville and Kalvaria also earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors, while Gabriela Lastra was named to the Second Team.
STARS & STRIPES: Laura Granville and Lauren Kalvaria were selected as two of the top 12 American men's and women's collegiate tennis players who will comprise the 2001 USA Tennis Collegiate Team by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) ... The women's team begins play in Easton, Md. on June 18.