Challenging Weekend Awaits No. 1 Women's Tennis
Feb. 13, 2007
STANFORD, Calif.- The Stanford women's tennis program prepares for possibly its toughest weekend of the season in a familiar spot: ranked No. 1 in the nation.
The latest edition of the ITA team rankings has Stanford back at the No. 1 spot following a one-week hiatus after Georgia Tech was recognized as the country's top squad. However, the Yellow Jackets were edged 4-3 by No. 25 William & Mary over the weekend and dropped to No. 3 overall.
Meanwhile, Stanford is simply waiting to get back on the court. The Cardinal has not played a match since Feb. 3, when Georgia Tech pulled a monumental 4-3 upset and snapped Stanford's NCAA record 89-match winning streak.
The Cardinal was scheduled to face Sacramento State last week, only to endure the second postponement of the year due to rain.
With its No. 1 ranking back in place, Stanford will surely be tested this weekend as Pac-10 play begins. Coming to town are two of the conference's best clubs, No. 5 USC and No. 15 UCLA.
Friday's opponent is USC, which enters the week 5-0 with four of those wins coming in the form of 7-0 shutouts. The Trojans, who were awarded one first-place vote in this week's rankings, begin a stretch of six straight road matches. Match time is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Stanford hosts UCLA at noon. The Bruins are 5-2 and slated to travel to California on Friday afternoon before facing the Cardinal. Junior Riza Zalameda, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, leads UCLA in the singles lineup.
Logar, ranked No. 89 in the nation at the moment but a safe bet to climb the rankings next week, is 10-4 overall and has won five in a row while not suffering a loss since the fall.
Nguyen, ranked No. 8 in the country, leads the Cardinal with a 13-4 mark that includes seven wins against nationally-ranked foes.