No. 1 Stanford Heads to Gergia for NCAA Championship

May 16, 2005

Tournament Coverage: NCAA Tournament Central | Stanford Postseason Guide

Tournament Talk ...
No. 1-seeded Stanford will travel to Athens, Ga., May 19-22 for the NCAA Team Championship. The Cardinal will face Harvard in the Round of 16 at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning. Only two seeded teams fell in the first weekend of play, with No. 16 Tennessee dropping a 4-1 decision to Harvard and No. 9 Miami (Fla.) falling to California, 4-3. If Stanford advances past Harvard, the Cardinal will face the winner of the Georgia-California match-up in the quarterfinals on Friday at 11 a.m. Semifinals begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday and the NCAA Championship will be played at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Individual play will begin after the team competition next Monday.

Individual Items ...
Seven Stanford players were offered bids to the 2005 NCAA Singles Championship (Alice Barnes, Erin Burdette, Whitney Deason, Lejla Hodzic, Amber Liu, Theresa Logar and Anne Yelsey), and two pairings will also compete in the 2005 NCAA Doubles Championship (Barnes/Burdette and Liu/Yelsey). The individual tournament kicks off in Athens, Ga., on Monday, May 23, after the team championship concludes on May 22. This is only the second time in the 24-year history of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship that seven players from one school have been selected to compete for the singles title. The only other one school received seven bids was in 1982, the first year of the NCAA Tournament, when seven UCLA players were invited to the championship.

Ranking Report ...
Stanford remains the top team in the nation with an unblemished 23-0 overall record. Stanford has been ranked No. 1 by the ITA for the entire 2005 season and was ranked No. 1 for the final 12 weeks of the 2004 season.

Home Court Habits ...
Stanford has not been very friendly to its foes at the Taube Tennis Center. The Cardinal has won 85-straight matches on its home court, dating back to 1999 and Stanford has won its 13 duals at home this season.

Picture Perfect ...
Stanford's last perfect season was in 2004, when the Cardinal finished 29-0 and won its 13th NCAA Team Title. Last year was the second perfect record in head coach Lele Forood's tenure: she finished her first year with a 30-0 mark in 2001. Stanford has posted eight unblemished seasons in its history.

Pac-10 Pride ...
No. 1 Stanford claimed its 18th-straight Pacific-10 Conference title after tallying a perfect 7-0 league record (the Cardinal's dual with Washington in February was rained out). Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey captured the conference doubles title in Ojai with four-straight wins, and Barnes was the singles runner-up with a three-set loss in the final against USC's ninth-ranked Nicole Leimbach.

Winning Ways...
The Cardinal tallied 10 shutouts this year and another seven wins with only one point given up. Stanford owns a 52-match win streak and has won its last 85 home matches. The Cardinal has won 193-of-199 matches over the past seven seasons.

Streak Stats ...
Stanford has won 85-straight duals at home, but the Cardinal has also built its overall win streak to 52-consecutive duals. Stanford's last loss was in the NCAA Championship match against Florida in 2003. Since then, the Cardinal posted a perfect 29-0 season in 2004 and has amassed a 23-0 record this season.

NCAA Tournament ...
The Cardinal has claimed 13 NCAA titles and 14 collegiate titles. Stanford has won the NCAA Championship in three of the last-four seasons, including the 2004 crown. The Cardinal has played in the title match in each of the last six seasons and boasts an 90-11 (.891) all-time Tournament record. Stanford also won six-straight NCAA titles from 1986-91.

Postseason Potpourri ...
Stanford has competed in postseason action for the past 31 years and has earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament in every year of the tournament's 24-year existence. Stanford has advanced to the final match in 18 of its last 23 NCAA Championship appearances.

Coaching Corner ...
Head coach Lele Forood has led Stanford to three national titles and one runner-up finish during her first four years with the Cardinal. She owns a 134-3 (.978) all-time record in five seasons. Assistant coach Frankie Brennan was named the Northwest Region ITA Assistant Coach of the Year. The ten-year veteran has helped the Cardinal to 274 wins and five NCAA titles over the past decade.

Player Points ...
Stanford players have tallied 12 singles and four doubles NCAA titles. As a sophomore last season, Amber Liu claimed her second-straight NCAA singles title. No women's tennis player has ever won three NCAA Singles Championships.

Conference Honors ...
Head coach Lele Forood was named the Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year, as voted by the league's coaches, for the second-straight season. Juniors Alice Barnes and Amber Liu both earned First-Team All-Pac-10 accolades, while senior Erin Burdette and sophomore Theresa Logar garnered second-team honors.

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