No. 1 Women's Tennis Rolls Into Semis; Tops Miami 4-1

May 20, 2007

ATHENS, Ga.- Whitney Deason's 6-2, 6-4 victory at the No. 5 position secured a 4-1 win for No. 1 Stanford over No. 9 Miami on Sunday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships.

Riding a 21-match winning streak, Stanford (24-1) advances to Monday's semifinal round and will attempt to defeat No. 12 UCLA for a third time this year.

The three-time defending national champion Cardinal continues its postseason dominance, having won 22 in a row dating back to its last loss against Florida in the 2003 national championship. A 15-time NCAA champion, Stanford has qualified for the semifinals in 25 of the 26 NCAA Championships.

Sunday's contest was a rematch of last year's national title match, which resulted in a 4-1 Cardinal win. Miami (22-7) had reached the quarterfinal round with a thrilling 4-3 win over USC on Friday afternoon.

After a very tight doubles competition, the Cardinal surged ahead with quick leads at the bottom three spots of the lineup. It was Deason's 25th win of the year and second in the postseason that iced the match.

Stanford opened the match by capturing the doubles point for the 22nd time in 25 matches. Deason and Theresa Logar checked in first with an 8-6 win at No. 3, followed by Celia Durkin and Jessica Nguyen winning for the first time in the postseason with an 8-6 result at the No. 2 spot.

Leading 1-0, Durkin quickly ambushed Miami's Audrey Banada 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 3 position for a 2-0 lead. Durkin, 13-6 against nationally-ranked opponents, has won 14 of her last 17 matches overall.

Georgia native Lindsay Burdette, playing in front of a group of family and friends, breezed to a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 6. Burdette is now tied with Durkin for the team lead in victories with 28.

Miami was now down 3-0 in the match and had already dropped the first set at Nos. 4 and 5. But the Hurricanes were winning at the top two spots of the lineup and earned their only point when Audra Cohen, ranked No. 1 in the country, downed Logar 6-0, 6-3.

Miami continued to hold the edge at No. 2 while Stanford was close to clinching at Nos. 4 and 5. Deason's 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Romy Farah served as the clincher, finishing just before a match point opportunity for the Hurricanes at No. 2.

Stanford and UCLA will meet at 12 p.m. PST on Monday in the semifinals.

#1 Stanford 4, #9 Miami 1

Singles competition
1. #1 Audra Cohen (MIA) d. #8 Theresa Logar (STAN) 6-0, 6-3
2. #21 Laura Vallverdu (MIA) led #17 Anne Yelsey (STAN) 7-5, 5-2, aban.
3. #14 Celia Durkin (STAN) d. #48 Audrey Banada (MIA) 6-2, 6-3
4. #96 Whitney Deason (STAN) d. Romy Farah (MIA) 6-2, 6-4
5. #20 Jessica Nguyen (STAN) led Caren Seenauth (MIA) 6-1, 5-2, aban.
6. #41 Lindsay Burdette (STAN) d. Gina Sabatino (MIA) 6-1, 6-1
order of finish: 3, 6, 1, 4

Doubles competition
1. #21 Burdette/Yelsey (STAN) vs. #17 Cohen/Vallverdu (MIA) 7-7, aban.
2. #42 Durkin/Nguyen (STAN) d. Farrah/Seenauth (MIA) 8-6
3. Deason/Logar (STAN) d. Banada/Sabatino (MIA) 8-6
order of finish: 3, 2

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