Aiming For Four: No. 1 Stanford Begins NCAA Title Defense
May 9, 2007
No. 1 Stanford (20-1, 8-0 Pac-10) tries for its fourth consecutive national championship when NCAA Tournament first round play gets underway this week. The three-time defending national champion Cardinal hosts No. 58 Sacramento State (17-6, 7-0 Big Sky) on Friday, May 11, in a 1 p.m. match at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Stanford has won 17 in a row since a 4-3 loss to Georgia Tech back on Feb. 3 snapped an NCAA record 89-match winning streak. The other first round contest pits No. 28 BYU (21-6, 7-1 Mountain West) against No. 41 Oregon (12-11, 0-8 Pac-10) in a 10 a.m. start. Friday's winners meet in Saturday's second round.
Scouting No. 58 Sacramento State
No. 58 Sacramento State is making its sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, capturing the Big Sky Conference title for the sixth year in a row. The Hornets, 2-6 against nationally-ranked teams, have won five straight and nine of their last 11 matches. Keep an eye on Big Sky MVP Katrina Zheltova, who is 18-5 at the No. 1 spot of the lineup.
Stanford All-Time In NCAA Tournament
Stanford owns a 100-11 record in the postseason since the NCAA Tournament went to its present format in 1982. During that time, Stanford has won 15 of 25 possible NCAA team titles, including each of the last three seasons. The Cardinal owns an 18-match winning streak in NCAA Tournament play, dating back to its last loss against Florida in the 2003 national championship. Stanford defeated Miami 4-1 to capture last year's title.
Cardinal Well-Represented In NCAA Singles, Doubles
Stanford will be well-represented in the NCAA Championship singles and doubles draw with five singles participants and one doubles team. Competing in singles will be Lindsay Burdette, Celia Durkin, Theresa Logar, Jessica Nguyen and Anne Yelsey. Logar and Durkin were tabbed as two of eight No. 9-16 seeds in the draw. Also, Stanford's top doubles team of Burdette and Yelsey was selected.
Home Sweet Home
Stanford closed out the regular season home schedule with a perfect 12-0 record, extending its winning streak to 95 in such matches. Throw in a 24-0 record in NCAA Tournament matches played at Taube Family Tennis Stadium and Stanford has not been defeated in the last 119 contests played on its home court. Stanford's last loss at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium occurred on Feb. 27, 1999, when No. 4 California pulled a 5-4 upset.
TENTATIVE DOUBLES LINEUP
Ranked No. 21 ... 9-0 in home matches ... runner-up finish at Pac-10 Championships ... won 10 in a row from Mar. 30-Apr. 28 ... reached semifinals of ITA Northwest Regional Championships
Ranked No. 42 ... 4-0 at home and 5-2 on neutral courts ... team has only played together for six dual matches ... runner-up finish at ITA Northwest Regional Championships
Consistent team has won six of its last eight matches ... 11-4 against Pac-10 opponents ... clinched doubles point in back-to-back 4-3 victories during critical UCLA/USC road trip
TENTATIVE SINGLES LINEUP
Ranked No. 8 ... 14-5 against nationally-ranked foes ... 10-2 in home matches ... 17-5 against Pac-10 opponents ... reached semifinals at Pac-10 Championships ... has won eight of her last 10 overall ... 86 career dual victories place her in a tie for 10th on the all-time list
Ranked No. 17 ... 9-1 at home ... 7-6 against nationally-ranked opponents ... one of the club's top players down the stretch as she is 8-2 in her last 10 matches and pieced together an 11-match winning streak from Feb. 24-Apr. 14 ... seven wins shy of 100 for her career
Ranked No. 14 ... 11-6 against nationally-ranked opponents and 5-2 vs. the top-25 ... team leader in matches played (37) ... 9-2 at home and 14-6 on neutral courts ... reached semifinals of Pac-10 Championships ... 4-3 in three-set matches ... 11-5 when playing at No. 3 singles
Ranked No. 96 ... 8-3 against nationally-ranked opponents ... 10-2 at home ... 4-5 in three-set matches ... won 11 in a row from Feb. 23-Apr. 6 ... posted a 3-3 record in her previous six matches to end the year ... reached quarterfinals of National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Janury
Ranked No. 20 ...missed most of the dual season with a foot injury; has played only three singles matches since Mar. 2 ... runner-up at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships, starting the year 8-3 ... owns a 9-1 record against nationally-ranked foes ... 12-4 on neutral courts
Ranked No. 41 ... dominant start to her rookie campaign, winning 20 of her first 22 matches ... won 13 straight from Jan. 14-Mar. 30 ... 17-3 against Pac-10 opponents ... 11-1 at home and 9-3 on neutral courts ... 7-4 in three-set matches ... 11-2 at No. 5 position and 3-0 at the No. 6 spot