Pac-10 Championships On Tap For No. 1 Women's Tennis
April 24, 2007
STANFORD, Calif.- No. 1 Stanford travels to Ojai, Calif., this weekend to participate in the Pac-10 Championships, which will serve as the final tune-up heading into postseason play next month.
The Cardinal (20-1, 8-0 Pac-10) enters the conference singles and doubles tournament on a roll, having won 17 in a row following a 4-3 defeat to then-No. 6 Georgia Tech back on Feb. 3 that snapped an NCAA-record 89-match winning streak.
Not to mention the 20th Pac-10 crown in program history, which Stanford claimed last week during a hard-fought 4-3 victory at rival California that included two rain delays prior to finishing the match indoors. The Cardinal's third win of the year over the Golden Bears improved the club's incredible Pac-10 match winning streak (reflects only matches that count towards conference record) to 112, dating back to a 5-4 loss at UCLA on Apr. 1, 1994.
With an 11-1 record against top-25 competition, Stanford has proven it will be ready when NCAA Tournament action gets underway on May 11. The Cardinal is likely to host first and second round matches that weekend, with the round of 16 scheduled to begin Friday, May 18, in Athens, Ga.
The Cardinal once again holds down the top spot in this week's national rankings, followed by Georgia Tech, Georgia, Florida and Northwestern. The top-10 is rounded out by: No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Clemson, No. 8 USC, No. 9 Miami and No. 10 California.
This weekend's focus remains conference play, as the league's singles and doubles champions will be decided at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai. A 32-player singles draw and 16-team doubles draw will feature some of the best competition in the nation. Entering the week, Pac-10 women hold down 22 spots of the ITA's 125-player national rankings while there are eight Pac-10 doubles teams listed among the nations' top-60.
Last season, Stanford's top duo of Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey defeated California's Susie Babos and Zsuzsanna Fodor 8-4 to win the doubles title while Barnes reached the singles semifinals. Jessica Nguyen was the runner-up in the Pac-10 Invitational.
Stanford should fare well in singles again this year, as four players (No. 12 Theresa Logar, No. 14 Celia Durkin, No. 16 Anne Yelsey and No. 20 Jessica Nguyen) are currently ranked in the nation's top-20. Two other players, No. 82 Lindsay Burdette and No. 92 Whitney Deason, are also ranked.
Thanks to her match-clinching victory against California last weekend, Burdette currently leads the Cardinal with an overall record of 24-4. Logar and Deason share the team lead in dual-match wins with 17.
There are two doubles squads ranked this week. Stanford's top team of Burdette and Yelsey check in at No. 21 while Durkin and Nguyen come in at No. 36.
Burdette and Yelsey have recorded 15 overall wins so far, with that total matched by the team of Deason and Logar.