No. 3 Women's Tennis To Open Pac-10 Competition This Weekend

Feb. 18, 2002

Wed., Feb. 20 vs. Hawaii (0-3)...1:30 p.m...Stanford, Calif.
Sat., Feb. 23 at California (4-0)...12 p.m...Berkeley, Calif.

After suffering its first loss since the 2000 season two weeks ago to Georgia, the Stanford women's tennis team found themselves in an unfamiliar situation- having to rebound from a loss.

However, the Cardinal had little trouble dispatching of No. 56 UNLV last weekend and defeated the Lady Rebels 6-1 to improve its overall record to 6-1. The victory was the first since the Cardinal had its 35-match winning streak snapped by Georgia in a 4-3 loss at the National Collegiate Tennis Indoor Championships in Madison, Wisc.

Stanford captured the doubles point by sweeping all three matches, highlighted by an 8-3 victory at the No. 1 spot by the nation's No. 1 ranked duo of seniors Lauren Kalvaria and Gabriela Lastra (9-1 overall, 1-0 dual).

On the singles side, the Cardinal notched victories at the Nos. 1-5, while UNLV's Marianne Bakken claimed a win at No. 6. Kalvria, ranked No. 4 nationally, returned to the singles lineup after a one-month absence due to injury and blanked Paulina Janus 6-0, 6-0 to lead the Cardinal. Stanford's four other nationally-ranked singles athletes (No. 11 Gabriela Lastra, No. 42 Lauren Barnikow, No. 10 Erin Burdette and No. 52 Keiko Tokuda) also picked up victories in the non-conference win.

With the victory over the Lady Rebels, the Cardinal has now defeated its opponents by either a 7-0 or 6-1 score in four of the seven dual matches so far in 2002.

Awaiting the Cardinal this week will be two familiar opponents- Hawaii- who Stanford has already shutout 7-0 in the season opener and rival No. 13 California, a squad which the Cardinal knows very well and will open its Pac-10 season against. Hawaii (0-3) will be in search of its first win of the year when it hooks up with the Cardinal on Wednesday at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium at 1:30 p.m. The Rainbow Wahine are coming of a 4-3 loss to Cal State Northridge, which was postponed for three days due to heavy rain. Senior co-captain Birgitte Brubakken led the way in singles by defeating Stephanie Chu of CSUN in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Hawaii is slated to square off against Saint Mary's one day prior to its match against the Cardinal. No. 13 California (4-0), recently defeated Pepperdine 5-1 in Malibu to remain undefeated on the year. Raquel Kops-Jones, who picked up a 6-2, 6-4 win over Pepperdine's Charlotte Vernaz, led a group of five singles victors in the Golden Bear win. Doubles was not played due to inclement weather. Cal will face off against San Diego at home on Friday afternoon before meeting the Cardinal at 12 p.m. the next day in Berkeley.

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