No. 1 Women's Tennis Continues To Prepare For Season Opener
Jan. 13, 2002
THIS WEEK'S ACTION
Stanford will conclude its preseason tournament schedule this weekend with the squad competing in two separate tournaments. The Cardinal will use a split-squad format for this weekend, as half of the club competes in the National Collegiate Tennis Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada, while the remainder participates in the Pac-10 Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash. Both tournaments begin on Friday, Jan. 18, while the Pac-10 Indoor Championships are slated to conclude on Mon, Jan. 21- one day after the National Collegiate Tennis Championships. Both tournaments serve as the final tuneup before Stanford hosts No. 11 Fresno State in the season opener on Saturday, Jan. 26.
CARDINAL TABBED NO. 1 IN ITA PRESEASON POLL
The Cardinal will begin the 2002 season ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings released last Tuesday. Stanford, which won the 2001 NCAA Championship under first year head coach Lele Forood, returns five of six starters from last year's squad. The Cardinal finished with a 30-0 overall record last season, marking the ninth undefeated season in program history and first since 1990. Rounding out the top-10 are No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Vanderbilt, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Tennessee, No. 7 USC, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 9 Northwestern and No. 10 Texas.
STANFORD BLANKS HAWAII 7-0 IN FALL DUAL MATCH ACTION
Stanford defeated Hawaii 7-0 on Nov. 28 in the annual post-Thanksgiving holiday matchup between the schools. The Cardinal swept the three doubles matches and cruised to straight-set victories at all six singles spots in the lineup. Freshman Erin Burdette led the Cardinal charge with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles over Hawaii's Stacy Hakikawa, while senior Keiko Tokuda, sophomores Lauren Barnikow and Emilia Anderson, and freshmen Story Tweedie-Yates and Kara Guzman also pitched in with singles wins. The No. 1 doubles team of Anderson and Barnikow paced the Cardinal with an 8-5 decision against Hawaii's Hakikawa and Lauren Fitzgerald.
BURDETTE RISES IN DECEMBER EDITION OF ITA RANKINGS
The Card dominated the 2001 Fall ITA Individual Rankings released Dec. 11, as five women were ranked in the top-100 for singles and two doubles teams were ranked in the top-10. Freshman Erin Burdette climbed from No. 93 to No. 10 after an 11-3 fall campaign in which she won the Omni Hotels Northwest Regional singles title. Senior Lauren Kalvaria is ranked No. 4 after completing a 5-2 overall fall season, while senior Gabriela Lastra is ranked No. 11 after finishing 7-3 in the fall. Other Cardinal women to achieve a singles ranking are Lauren Barnikow at No. 42 and Keiko Tokuda at No. 52. Kalvaria and Lastra are the No. 1 doubles team in the nation after finishing the fall season with a 6-1 overall record. The other Cardinal doubles team with a national ranking is the duo of Barnikow and Burdette, who occupy the No. 6 spot after originially being ranked No. 16.
BULLDOGS WILL BE A CHALLENGE
Awaiting the Cardinal in the season opener on Jan. 26 at home are the No. 11 Fresno State Bulldogs, who were ranked in the top-10 for much of last year and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Stanford was able to get the best of the Bulldogs in 2001, claiming a 7-0 victory when the teams hooked up on Feb. 8 in Palo Alto. The win was the sixth of the season for the Card and third shutout to date.
Emilia Anderson... 5-2 overall (1-0 dual)
No. 42 Lauren Barnikow... 7-3 overall (1-0 dual)
Lizzy Bennett... 3-2 overall (0-0 dual)
No. 10 Erin Burdette... 11-3 overall (1-0 dual)
Kara Guzman... 4-2 overall (1-0 dual)
No. 4 Lauren Kalvaria... 5-2 overall (0-0 dual)
No. 11 Gabriela Lastra... 7-3 overall (0-0 dual)
No. 52 Keiko Tokuda... 6-2 overall (1-0 dual)
Story Tweedie-Yates... 2-1 overall (1-0 dual)
Anderson-Tokuda... 2-1 overall (0-0 dual)
No. 6 Barnikow-Burdette...10-3 overall (0-0 dual)
Bennett-Guzman...1-1 overall (0-0 dual)
No. 1 Kalvaria-Lastra...6-1 overall (0-0 dual)
Anderson-Barnikow...1-0 overall (1-0 dual)
Burdette-Tokuda...1-0 overall (1-0 dual)
Bennett-Kalvaria...1-0 overall (1-0 dual)