No. 1 Stanford Advances to NCAA Title Match
May 22, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - Top-ranked and top-seeded Stanford advanced to the NCAA Championship match with a 4-0 victory over fourth-seeded Florida in the semifinals this afternoon at the Taube Tennis Center. The Cardinal will face seventh-seeded Miami in the title match at noon on Tuesday.
Despite a rain-out yesterday, the Cardinal was ready to go this morning, as Stanford swept through doubles with an 8-2 victory by Lejla Hodzic and Jessica Nguyen on court three and an 8-0 blanking by No. 22 Celia Durkin and Amber Liu on court two.
With a 1-0 lead, Stanford carried the momentum into singles, winning all six first sets. Durkin, ranked No. 34 in the nation, finished first, with a 6-4, 6-0 win on court six, while fifth-ranked Alice Barnes tallied the next point with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over ninth-ranked Diana Srebrovic to give Stanford a 3-0 lead. Whitney Deason scored the clinching point, taking a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Nina Suvak on court five for the win.
The Cardinal will be playing in its 20th NCAA Championship in the 25-year history of the event and will seek its 15th team title. Stanford is 99-11 all-time in post-season action and has won 17 straight (and 34 of 35) NCAA tournament matches. Stanford has won 85-straight matches, dating back to the first match of the 2004 campaign and the Cardinal also owns a 106-match win streak on its home court at the Taube Tennis Center, with the Cardinal's last home loss on Feb. 27, 1999.
Stanford and Miami will face off at noon in the title match on the Taube Stadium Courts. The match will be aired on a tape delayed basis on ESPN next week. Live scoring will be available at GoStanford.com.