Women's Tennis Hosts Omni Hotels Western Region Championships

Oct. 18, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - The Cardinal women's tennis squad will be back in action Friday, Oct. 26, when it competes in the Omni Hotels Western Regional Championships hosted by Stanford University.

The four-day tournament, which will take place at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium, features the top women's players from the ITA's western region at the NCAA Division 1 level. Participating schools for this year's event include: Fresno State, Gonzaga, Idaho, Nevada, Pacific, Portland, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, Santa Clara, as well as Pac-10 foes California, Oregon, Washington and Washington State.

Stanford netters scheduled to compete in the main draw include the following: seniors Gabriela Lastra and Keiko Tokuda, sophomores Lauren Barnikow, Emilia Anderson and Lizzy Bennett and freshmen Erin Burdette, Kara Guzman and Story Tweedie-Yates. Senior Lauren Kalvaria is not slated to participate.

The Cardinal recently competed in the Riviera All-American Championships at Pacific Palisades, Calif. Sophomore Barnikow (Woodbridge, N.J.) and freshman Burdette (Jackson, Ga.), ranked Nos. 73 and 93 respectively, each won four singles matches during their tournament run. Senior Kalvaria (Indialantic, Fla.), the Cardinal's top singles threat and ranked No. 2 nationally, was upset by Duke's Kelly McCain in the second round and finished 1-1 over the weekend. No. 10 Lastra (Reno, Nev.) was also eliminated after winning her first round match and senior Tokuda (Clifton, N.J.)- ranked No. 30 in the preseason poll- posted a 2-1 mark in three qualifying matches.

Also at the Riviera ITA All-American Championships on the doubles side, Stanford's tandem of Barnikow and Burdette, ranked No. 16 nationally, coasted past their first four opponents before eventually falling to Fresno State's Kim Niggemeyer and Simone Jardim- the No. 1 team in the country. Barnikow and Burdette, who also reached the finals of the 2000 Australian Junior Open, went 4-1 in the tournament. The Cardinal's top team of Kalvaria and Lastra, ranked No. 7 in the preseason, advanced to the semifinals and finished 2-1 in tournament action.

The singles finalists and doubles champions from the Omni Hotels Western Regional Championships advance to the 2001 Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, held November 8-11 at the Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, Texas.

Results, match times and other tournament information will be available sometime next week. Tournament results will be updated approximately every 4-5 hours each day.

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