No. 1 Stanford Routs Vandy 4-0 With Strong Singles Play
May 18, 2007
ATHENS, Ga.- Theresa Logar notched her first dual match victory in a month, providing a 6-3, 6-1 clincher at No. 1 singles to lead No. 1 Stanford to a 4-0 shutout of No. 16 Vanderbilt on Friday afternoon in the NCAA Championships round of 16.
Stanford (23-1, 8-0 Pac-10) has now won 20 in a row overall since a 4-3 upset by then-No.6 Georgia Tech back on Feb. 3 snapped an NCAA record 89-match winning streak.
And the three-time defending champion Cardinal has been equally dominant in NCAA Tournament play, having won 21 in a row dating back to its last loss against Florida in the 2003 national championship.
On Friday afternoon against No. 16 Vanderbilt (19-9, 9-2 SEC), No. 1 Stanford looked extremely sharp once again, posting quick singles wins following a slightly tighter doubles competition.
'The doubles point was well-played in all matches today,' said head coach Lele Forood. 'We just really caught fire in singles and that was the difference in the match. We have confidence in everybody in our lineup and today they showed why.'
That includes Logar, Stanford's top-ranked singles player who had not won a dual match since besting USC's Lindsey Nelson 6-0, 7-5 back on Apr. 14. Logar was leading her first two NCAA Tournament matches but did not finish. On Friday, it looked as if that pattern would continue before she stormed through the second set and defeated Vanderbilt's Amanda Fish 6-3, 6-1 for the clincher.
Leading 1-0, Celia Durkin and Jessica Nguyen cruised to a pair of easy wins to push the Cardinal lead to 3-0. Durkin won 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 4 spot while Nguyen continued her strong play with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 5. Nguyen, who returned to the lineup last week following a foot injury, is 3-0 so far in NCAA Tournament matches and has surrendered only three games overall.
Deason was cruising 6-1, 5-3 at No. 4 before Logar quickened the pace in the second set to secure the match.
Stanford will face the winner of No. 8 USC/No. 9 Miami on Sunday in the quarterfinals. The match had not yet been completed at press time.
#1 Stanford 4, #16 Vanderbilt 0
1. #8 Theresa Logar (STAN) def. #19 Amanda Fish (VU) 6-3, 6-1
2. #17 Anne Yelsey (STAN) vs. #36 Amanda Taylor (VU) 6-3, 4-3, unfinished
3. #14 Celia Durkin (STAN) def. #51 Catherine Newman (VU) 6-0, 6-1
4. #96 Whitney Deason (STAN) vs. #105 Taka Bertrand (VU) 6-1, 5-3, unfinished
5. #20 Jessica Nguyen (STAN) def. Courtney Ulery (VU) 6-1, 6-0
6. Caroline Ferrell (VU) vs. #41 Lindsey Burdette (STAN) 6-6, unfinished
1. #21 Burdette/Yelsey (STAN) def. #8 Fish/Taylor (VU) 8-2
2. #42 Durkin/Nguyen (STAN) vs. Bertrand/Newman (VU) 3-6, unfinished
3. Deason/Logar (STAN) def. Ulery/Liberty Sveke (VU) 8-5
Vanderbilt 19-9; National ranking #16
Stanford 23-1; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,5,1)