No. 1 Stanford Hosts Spring Smash This Week
March 30, 2005
The No. 1 ranked Stanford women's tennis team returns to action this week to host the Stanford Spring Smash, presented by Zoom Marketing. The Cardinal will begin the week with a match against No. 17 California on Wednesday, and welcomes No. 33 Arizona State and No. 49 Arizona to Taube Tennis Center on Friday and Saturday.
Stanford pushed its record to 14-0 with a pair of wins last week. The Cardinal traveled to Las Vegas last Wednesday, and handed UNLV a 6-1 defeat. The squad resumed Pac-10 play at home on Saturday, defeating Oregon at the Taube Tennis Center by a score of 6-1.
Stanford In The Rankings
The Cardinal have seven singles players that are currently listed in the ITA rankings, and were ranked as the top team in the nation for the 10th time in as many weeks according to the ITA team rankings released on March 29th.
Two-time NCAA singles champion Amber Liu is the top-ranked Cardinal competitor, checking in at No. 14 in the ITA rankings. Liu has posted a 10-0 mark in dual matches while playing at the No. 1 singles position so far this season. Senior Erin Burdette is right on Liu's heels at the No. 16 spot, while junior Alice Barnes and freshman Lejla Hodzic check in at No. 26 and No. 29, respectively. Sophomore Theresa Logar is ranked No. 38, and freshman Whitney Deason is currently ranked No. 45. Anne Yelsey rounds out the Cardinal singles competitors in the rankings at No. 86.
Two Stanford doubles tandems are also ranked, as the duo of Burdette and Barnes is ranked No. 12 and the pairing of Liu and Yelsey is currently No. 38.
Coach Lele Forood's squad has gotten outstanding contributions from the team's two freshman performers this season. Whitney Deason and Lejla Hodzic have been solid competitors so far, with the two combining to post a 17-2 record in dual matches. Deason is 23-3 overall in singles play, while Hodzic is 18-4. As a doubles duo, the tandem has recorded a 9-3 mark in dual matches and has posted an overall record of 19-5.
The No. 17 ranked Golden Bears have posted an 11-3 record and a 1-1 mark in Pac-10 play and are coming off of a pair of big victories last week. Cal upset then-No. 2 ranked Northwestern, 4-2, last Wednesday and defeated No. 25 Oregon on Friday. Suzi Babos is Cal's highest ranked player at No. 4, and has posted a 26-3 record this season. The Golden Bears are coached by Jan Brogan, who is in her 27th season at the helm in Berkeley.
Scouting Arizona State
The Sun Devils bring a 5-6 record into the week and are currently ranked No. 33 in the most recent ITA computer rankings. Lauren Colalillo and Kady Pooler are ranked No. 21 in doubles play, while the tandem of Sabrina Capannolo and Jessica Leitch are currently ranked No. 55. Sheila McInerney is in her 21st year as the head coach of the Sun Devils, and led her squad to its eighth straight NCAA Sweet-16 appearance last season.
The No. 49 ranked Wildcats are coming off of a 6-1 loss to USC last Saturday that dropped their record to 6-8 and 0-3 in Pac-10 play. Arizona is coached by fourth year head coach Vicky Maes, who an accomplished player in Tucson from 1994-98. Assistant coach Brian Ramirez is in his first season at Arizona after serving the last two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Stanford.
On The Horizon
Coach Lele Forood's squad wraps up the regular season on the road, traveling to take on USC and UCLA next weekend before closing out the campaign at Cal on April 16th.