Top-Ranked Stanford Kicks Off Spring Season in Two Tournaments

Jan. 12, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford women's tennis, ranked No. 1 in the first poll of the season, will open the 2005 campaign with individuals competing at the Pac-10 Indoors at the University of Washington and at the Freeman Invitational at UNLV.

No. 12 Alice Barnes, No. 22 Erin Burdette, Kara Guzman and No. 82 Anne Yelsey will travel to Seattle for the Pac-10 Indoor Championships. Competition is slated to begin on Friday at 9 a.m. The tournament will feature three singles flights and two doubles flights as well as consolation play. Tournament draws will be posted on the Washington website (www.gohuskies.com) on Thursday evening.

All nine Pac-10 teams that sponsor women's tennis (Oregon State does not) are represented in this event and all nine are ranked in the initial spring rankings, with No. 4 UCLA, No. 7 USC, No. 10 Washington and No. 17 California, No. 27 Oregon, No. 38 Arizona State, No. 42 Arizona and No. 66 Washington State.

Defending Freeman Invitational champion and 35th-ranked Theresa Logar will head to Las Vegas for this year's tournament, along with teammates Joanna Kao, No. 41 Whitney Deason and Lejla Hodzic. Logar was given the No. 6 seed, while Deason was awarded the No. 8 seed for the tournament. Hodzic will also compete in the first flight, while Kao will represent Stanford in the second flight. All four entrants will also play doubles, with Deason and Hodzic (ranked No. 41 this spring) teaming up again after an impressive fall season.

Other top-ranked schools sending competitors include No. 2 Florida, No. 4 UCLA, No. 7 Southern California, No. 13 Georgia, No. 17 California, No. 18 Tennessee, No. 36 South Carolina and No. 38 Arizona State. Host UNLV, ranked 46th nationally, will add six singles players and three doubles teams to the field. Action begins at 9:30 a.m. (PT) on Friday.

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