Women's Tennis To Compete At Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships

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Nov. 5, 2001


The Cardinal women return to the courts Thursday, competing at the Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Cahmpionships at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, Texas. The four-day tournament is the second leg of three national championship events for college tennis. Four Cardinal netters are included in the draw, which features a 32-player singles field and 16-team doubles field. Senior Gabriela Lastra (Reno, Nev.) and freshman Erin Burdette (Jackson, Ga.) secured automatic berths in the singles field as a result of reaching the singles final of the Northwest Regional in October. Senior Lauren Kalvaria (Indialantic, Fla.) has been granted an at-large spot among the singles entrants. Two Stanford doubles teams, Kalvaria-Lastra and Lauren Barnikow (Woodbridge, N.J.)-Burdette, have earned at-large entries.

Erin Burdette continues to impress in her first season on The Farm. Ranked No. 93 in the preseason national rankings and now 10-1 during the fall, Burdette captured the singles title at the Omni Hotels Northwest Region Championships by defeating teammate Gabriela Lastra 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 on Oct. 29. Burdette dispatched of three top-30 opponents during her title run, including teammate Keiko Tokuda. Lastra advanced to the singles final, while Tokuda reached the quarterfinal round. Burdette and Lauren Barnikow continued their recent success, advancing to the doubles championship before falling to Fresno State's top-ranked duo of Kim Niggemeyer and Simone Jardim. Burdette and Barnikow are 8-2 on the year.

Sophomore Lauren Barnikow and freshman Erin Burdette each won four singles matches during their tournament run at the Riviera All-American Championships at Pacific Palisades last month. Senior Lauren Kalvaria, 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, ranked No. 10 in the preseason poll, was also eliminated after winning her first round mat ch and senior Keiko Tokuda posted a 2-1 mark in three qualifying matches. On the doubles side, Barnikow and Burdette 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.

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), marking 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.) 10-1
No. 10 Gabriela Lastra (So.) 6-2
No. 73 Lauren Barnikow (So.) 6-3
No. 30 Keiko Tokuda (Sr.) 5-2
Lizzy Bennett (So.) 3-2
Emilia Anderson (So.) 4-2
Kara Guzman (Fr.) 3-2
No. 2 Lauren Kalvaria (Sr.) 1-1
Story Tweedie-Yates (Fr.) 1-1

No. 16 Barnikow-Burdette 8-2
Anderson-Tokuda 2-1
No. 7 Kalvaria-Lastra 2-1
Bennett-Guzman 1-1

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