Yelsey Nets Pac-10 Honor; No. 1 Cardinal Preps For Senior Day
April 3, 2007
STANFORD, Calf.- No. 1 Stanford prepares for its final two home matches of the regular season this weekend, welcoming No. 41 Washington State and Washington to the Taube Tennis Center.
The Senior Weekend homestand, presented by the Cardinal Court Club, also represents the last regular season home contests for seniors Theresa Logar and Anne Yelsey. During their impressive four-year careers, the duo has posted a 101-1 overall dual record while capturing three NCAA team titles.
The Cardinal (15-1, 3-0 Pac-10) has won 12 straight matches and closes out the regular season with matches at conference co-leaders UCLA, USC and California. Stanford is coming off an impressive 3-0 week that included wins over UNLV, Arizona and Arizona State.
This week's action gets underway on Friday, Apr. 6, against No. 41 Washington State at 1:30 p.m. The Cougars (12-8, 1-4 Pac-10) face off against Santa Clara on Thursday morning prior to taking on the Cardinal. After an 8-1 start to the season, Washington State has compiled a 4-7 ledger since then.
Senior Day is slated for a 12 p.m. start on Saturday, Apr. 7, against Washington (3-14, 0-4 Pac-10). Two of the Huskies' three wins have come in their last three matches, including a 6-1 triumph over Portland last week.
In other news, Yelsey has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Mar. 26-Apr. 1 after helping lead Stanford to a 3-0 record last week. The senior netter earned her second career conference honor and third for a Stanford player this year after winning all three of her matches last weekend. Yelsey lost only 11 games overall in three matches combined and defeated No. 29 Nadia Abdala of Arizona State 6-2, 6-1 for her fifth win over a nationally-ranked opponent.
Yelsey has been one of the Cardinal's strongest players as of late, having won seven consecutive matches and improving to 11-5 overall and 10-4 in duals.
Her senior counterpart, Logar, has been just as impressive. Playing all of her matches at the No. 1 spot in the linuep, Logar owns a 19-7 overall record and is 13-1 in duals. She has won nine of her last 10 matches.
Stanford maintains the top spot in the latest edition of the ITA rankings. Rounding out the top-10 are: No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Georiga, No. 4 Florida, No. 5 California, No. 6 Georgia Tech, No. 7 USC, No. 8 Clemson, No. 9 Miami and No. 10 UCLA.
In the singles rankings, four Cardinal players own spots in the top-25 and six are included overall. Celia Durkin moves one spot up to No. 9, as she joins Lindsay Burdette as the only players with at least 20 overall wins. Jessica Nguyen, who has not seen court action since Mar. 2 due to injury, is No. 15 while Logar checks in at No. 16. Yelsey bumps up to No. 21 while Burdette and Whitney Deason are Nos. 73 and 76, respectively.
Two doubles squads are ranked this week. Stanford's top tandem of Burdette and Yelsey sport a 10-5 overall mark and hold down the No. 24 spot while Durkin and Nguyen are right behind at No. 25.