No. 1 Women's Tennis Tops No. 9 Cal 4-3; Claims Pac-10 Title
April 21, 2007
STANFORD, Calif.- Despite battling multiple rain delays and experiencing a shift in venue, No. 1 Stanford hung on for a 4-3 victory over No. 9 California on Saturday afternoon to close out the regular season as Pac-10 champions.
The Cardinal (20-1, 8-0 Pac-10) officially secured its 20th conference crown earlier in the day when No. 12 UCLA nipped No. 8 USC 4-3 as both clubs finished 6-2 in league play.
Meanwhile in Berkeley, Stanford and California were just attempting to stay dry. After playing through a pair of rain delays with the Cardinal leading 3-2, the match was moved indoors to the San Francisco Tennis Club.
Once inside, Lindsay Burdette's 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Cristina Visico at No. 5 singles clinched the match for Stanford at 4-2. California's Zsuzsanna Fodor upended Anne Yelsey 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 at the No. 2 spot to wrap up the match.
Since a 4-3 defeat to then-No. 6 Georgia Tech back on Feb. 3 snapped an NCAA record 89-match winning streak, Stanford has won 17 in a row. Three of Stanford's 20 victories have come against California (19-6, 5-3 Pac-10), with the Cardinal also winning 6-1 at home in a dual on Mar. 3 just one month after a 6-1 quarterfinal triumph at the National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis.
For the seventh consecutive contest, Stanford took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. California snagged a quick edge with an 8-5 victory at the No. 3 spot before Stanford's No. 2 team of Celia Durkin and Jessica Nguyen answered with a 9-7 triumph.
Burdette and Yelsey clinched the doubles point with a 9-7 win, rallying from deficits of 5-2 and 6-3 to post the duo's seventh straight win overall.
In singles play, Durkin and Whitney Deason provided Stanford with straight-set victories at the Nos. 3 and 4 positions. Durkin handled Nina Henkel 6-2, 6-1 while Deason topped Stephanie Kusano 6-3, 7-5.
At No. 1, California's Susie Babos bested Theresa Logar 6-0, 7-5 to snap the Cardinal senior's six-match winning streak. Babos and Logar have hooked up three times so far this year, with Logar winning twice.
The Golden Bears picked up their third singles win at No. 6, with Claire Ilcinkas defeating Lejla Hodzic 6-1, 6-4.
Next up for Stanford is the Pac-10 Championships, which get underway Thursday, Apr. 26, in Ojai, Calif.
No. 1 Stanford 4, No. 9 California 3
1) No. 25 Burdette/Yelsey (STAN) d. No. 2 Babos/Fodor (CAL) 9-7
2) No. 37 Durkin/Nguyen (STAN) d. Henkel/Kusano (CAL) 9-7
3) Bobusic/Ilcinkas (CAL) d. Deason/Logar (STAN) 8-5
1) No. 5 Susie Babos (CAL) d. No. 9 Theresa Logar (STAN) 6-0, 7-5
2) No. 13 Zsuzsanna Fodor (CAL) d. No. 17 Anne Yelsey (STAN) 7-5, 5-7, 6-2
3) No. 14 Celia Durkin (STAN) d. No. 23 Nina Henkel (CAL) 6-2, 6-1
4) No. 105 Whitney Deason (STAN) d. No. 86 Stephanie Kusano (CAL) 6-3, 7-5
5) No. 78 Lindsay Burdette (STAN) d. Cristina Visico (CAL) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
6) Claire Ilcinkas (CAL) d. Lejla Hodzic (STAN) 6-1, 6-4