Barnes and Burdette Win NCAA Doubles Championship
May 28, 2005
Athens, Ga. - With a Stanford winner guaranteed at the NCAA Championships this afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia, two sets of teammates squared off for the 2005 NCAA Doubles crown in the final collegiate event of the season. Junior Alice Barnes and senior Erin Burdette, the squad's co-captains, closed out the 2005 season with their first individual NCAA crown, as they scored a 6-3, 6-4 win over fellow Cardinal netters Amber Liu and Anne Yelsey.
It was only the third time in NCAA Women's Tennis Championship history that the same school supplied both finalists in doubles. In 1990, Stanford's Meredith McGrath and Teri Whitlinger defeated Sandra Birch and Debbie Graham, and in 1982, UCLA's Heather Ludloff and Lynn Lewis topped teammates Kathy O'Brian and Helena Manset.
Barnes and Burdette finished the year with a 33-6 record together, including an 18-2 mark in tournament play. The duo started the season by reaching the finals at the ITA/Riviera All-American Qualifier and added the ITA Northwest Regional title later in the fall. The duo fell in the championship match at the ITA National Championships, but rebounded with the Pac-10 Indoors title. The pair collected 15 wins in dual play, including four victories in the NCAA Championship run as Stanford captured its 14th NCAA team title last week.
Barnes, a three-time All-American, and Burdette, a four-time All-American, became the fifth unseeded-duo to claim the title, joining UCLA's Daniela Bercek and Lauren Fisher in 2004, Cal's Amanda Augustus and Amy Jensen in 1998, Arizona's Alix Creek and Michelle Oldham in 1993 and Stanford's Elise Burgin and Linda Gates in 1984.
The title is also the fifth for a Stanford tandem, as Cardinal pairs previously won the crown in 1984, 1985, 1990 and 2002.