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.

For Stanford, keep an eye on senior Theresa Logar and sophomore Jessica Nguyen.

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.

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