No. 1 Stanford Defeats No. 4 USC, 5-2

April 19, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. - The top-ranked Stanford women's tennis team completed its 2002-03 regular season home schedule with a 5-2 victory over fourth-ranked USC on Saturday afternoon at the Taube Tennis Center.

The Cardinal, which finishes the campaign with a perfect 11-0 home record, improved to 19-1 overall and 7-0 in the Pac-10. Stanford can clinch its 16th straight Pacific-10 Conference title with a win at fifth-ranked California on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. The Women of Troy dropped to 19-5 overall and 5-3 in conference.

The Cardinal was impressive in doubles play on Saturday, dropping a combined total of just 10 games in the three matches. At No. 1, Stanford's top-ranked duo of Lauren Barnikow (Woodbridge, NJ) and Erin Burdette (Jackson, GA) defeated 19th-ranked Tiffany Brymer and Jewel Peterson 8-3.

Stanford also won four of the six singles matches, including an impressive victory at No. 1 by freshman Amber Liu (La Mesa, CA). The fourth-ranked Liu outlasted fifth-ranked Peterson 6-1, 5-7, 6-4. The Cardinal also received single victories from junior Emilia Anderson (Cincinnati, OH), sophomore Story Tweedie-Yates (Redmond, WA) and freshman Alice Barnes (Cambridge, UK).

USC received straight set singles victories from both Maureen Diaz and Luana Magnani.

#1 Stanford 5, #4 USC 2

Singles

No. 1 - #4 Amber Liu (S) d. #5 Jewel Peterson, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4

No. 2 - #30 Luana Magnani (USC) d. #14 Lauren Barnikow, 6-4, 6-2

No. 3 - #64 Maureen Diaz (USC) d. #35 Erin Burdette, 7-6, 6-1

No. 4 - #9 Alice Barnes (S) d. Anita Loyola, 6-0, 6-3

No. 5 - #119 Emilia Anderson (S) d. Tiffany Brymer, 6-3, 6-0

No. 6 - #122 (tie) Story Tweedie-Yates (S) d. #120 Melissa Esmero, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Doubles (Stanford wins point)

No. 1 - #1 Lauren Barnikow/Erin Burdette (S) d. #19 Tiffany Brymer/Jewel Peterson, 8-3

No. 2 - Alice Barnes/Amber Liu (S) d. Anita Loyola/Luana Magnani, 8-4

No. 3 - Emilia Anderson/Story Tweedie-Yates (S) d. Bernadette Bayano/Melissa Esmero, 8-3

Records - #4 USC 19-5 overall (5-3 Pacific-10 Conference), #1 Stanford 19-1 (7-0).

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