Women's Tennis Back In Action Next Weekend

Singles and Doubles Draw

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Stanford's women's tennis team is back in action beginning this Friday, 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 and Santa Clara, as well as Pac-10 foes California, Oregon, Washington and Washington State. The singles finalists and doubles champions advance to the 2001 Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, held Nov. 8-11 in Dallas, Texas.

The Cardinal recently competed in its first fall tournament of the season earlier this month, the Riviera All-American Championships at Pacific Palisades. Sophomore Lauren Barnikow (Woodbridge, N.J.) and freshman Erin Burdette (Jackson, Ga.), ranked Nos. 73 and 93 respectively, each won four singles matches during their tournament run. Senior Lauren 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. Senior Gabriela Lastra (Reno, Nev.), ranked No. 10 in the preseason poll, was also eliminated after winning her first round mat ch and senior Keiko Tokuda (Clifton, N.J.)- ranked No. 30- posted a 2-1 mark in three qualifying matches. On the doubles side, Barnikow and Burdette- ranked No. 16 nationally- coasted past their first four opponents before eventually falling in the quarterfinals. 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 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 final..The win marked 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 (9-0 in Pac-10 play), making the ninth undefeated season in program history and first since 1990. Stanford competed its second consecutive undefeated regular season and was the only undefeated women's tennnis team in Division 1.

No. 93 Erin Burdette (Fr.) 4-1
No. 73 Lauren Barnikow (So.) 4-2
No. 30 Keiko Tokuda (Sr.) 2-1
No. 10 Gabriela Lastra (Sr.) 1-1
No. 2 Lauren Kalvaria (Sr.) 1-1

No. 16 Lauren Barnikow-Erin Burdette (So.- Fr.) 4-1
No. 7 Lauren Kalvaria-Gabriela Lastra (Sr.- Sr.) 2-1

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