Lastra, Barnikow and Burdette Advance At Pac-10 Championships

April 25, 2002

OJAI, Calif. - Stanford women's tennis was well-represented on the first day of singles competition at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., as three athletes advanced to Friday's quarterfinal round after notching two wins each on Thursday.

Senior Gabriela Lastra (Reno, Nevada), sophomore Lauren Barnikow (Woodbridge, N.J.) and freshman Erin Burdette (Jackson, Ga.) all recorded two singles wins in main draw action.

Lastra, ranked No. 12 nationally, registered consecutive 6-1, 6-2 victories on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals- besting USC's Maureen Diaz and Washington State's Stacy McKenna by identical margins. No. 14 Barnikow improved to 30-7 overall with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Washington State's Orsi Sallai before outlasting Colleen Gray of Washington 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-0 in the round of 16. Burdette, who has now won 18 straight matches and is ranked No. 23 in the nation, downed USC's Anita Loyola 6-0, 6-3 and slipped past California's Christina Fusano 6-2, 4-6, 6-1. The only other Cardinal competing in the main draw, sophomore Emilia Anderson (Cincinnati, Ohio) fell in her first round match to Washington's Ilona Kordonskaya 6-1, 6-1.

Three Stanford athletes competed in the invitational singles draw on Thursday afternoon, however all were eliminated in their first match of the day. After receiving a first round bye, sophomore Lizzy Bennett dropped a 6-1, 6-3 decision to Washington State's Nora Gaal. Freshmen Kara Guzman (Burr Ridge, Ill.) and Story Tweedie-Yates (Redmond, Wash.) also were bounced out on the first day of competition, with Guzman losing 7-5, 6-4 to USC's Caroline Christian and Tweedie-Yates nipped by Kathy Chi of Washington 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Quarterfinal singles action and the start of doubles play highlight Friday's schedule at the 2002 Women's Tennis Pac-10 Championships.

Main Draw Singles
No. 12 Gabriela Lastra (STAN) def. No. 76 Maureen Diaz (USC) 6-1, 6-2
def. No. 99 Stacy McKenna (WSU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 14 Lauren Barnikow (STAN) def. Orsi Sallai (WSU) 6-1, 6-0
def. Colleen Gray (WASH) 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-0
No. 23 Erin Burdette (STAN) def. Anita Loyola (USC) 6-0, 6-3
def. No. 50 Christina Fusano (CAL) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
Ilona Kordonskaya (WASH) def. Emilia Anderson (STAN) 6-1, 6-1

Invitational Draw Singles
Caroline Christian (USC) def. Kara Guzman (STAN) 7-5, 6-4
Kathy Chi (WASH) def. Story Tweedie-Yates (STAN) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
Nora Gaal (WSU) def. Lizzy Bennett (STAN) 6-1, 6-3

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