No. 1 Stanford, No. 12 UCLA Clash In NCAA Semifinals
May 21, 2007
No. 1 Stanford (24-1) and No. 12 UCLA (20-7) square off for the third time this year when the two squads meet in Monday's NCAA Tournament semifinals at 12 p.m. PST. The Cardinal reached the semifinals with convincing wins over No. 58 Sacramento State (4-1 in first round), No. 28 BYU (4-0 in second round), No. 16 Vanderbilt (4-0 in round of 16) and No. 9 Miami (4-0 in quarterfinals). Stanford has now won 21 in a row overall since a 4-3 loss to then-No. 6 Georgia Tech back on Feb. 3 snapped an NCAA record 89-match winning streak. The Cardinal has already defeated UCLA twice this year, both by 4-3 scores (Feb. 17 at home and Apr. 13 on the road).
Stanford All-Time In NCAA Tournament
Stanford owns a 104-11 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 a 22-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. Stanford has qualified for the semifinals in 25 of the 26 NCAA Championships.
Feb. 17, 2007: No. 1 Stanford 4, No. 15 UCLA 3
Anne Yelsey and Lindsay Burdette recorded wins at No 2 and No. 6 singles to give No. 1 Cardinal a 4-3 come-from-behind win over No. 15 UCLA at the Taube Tennis Center. Stanford, now 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-10, trailed 3-2 with two singles matches remaining, leaving the match in the hands of Yelsey and Burdette. Yelsey defeated the Bruin's Tracy Lin, the No. 61 ranked player in the country, 6-2, 6-7, 7-6 while Burdette, who is ranked No. 39, won at No. 6 singles by defeating UCLA's Elizabeth Lumpkin, 2-6, 7-6, 6-1. Stanford took a 1-0 lead after doubles play, but the Bruins recorded wins at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 singles to take the lead. At No. 1 singles, Stanford's Theresa Logar was beaten by UCLA's Riza Zalameda, 1-6, 6-1, 6-0. Zalameda is ranked No. 35 while Logar in No. 89. Stanford's other victory in singles came at No. 4 when Jessica Nguyen handed UCLA's Ashley Joelson a 6-3, 6-4 defeat.
Apr. 13, 2007: No. 1 Stanford 4, No. 13 UCLA 3
Anne Yelsey's 7-6 (6), 6-4 victory at No. 2 singles clinched a 4-3 victory for No. 1 Stanford over No. 13 UCLA in Los Angeles. Entering arguably its most challenging week of the year, Stanford won the doubles point before UCLA rallied back to knot the match at 3-3. The contest was decided at No. 2 singles, as Yelsey notched her 10th consecutive win with a hard-fought decision against UCLA's Tracy Lin. The match began with Stanford capturing the doubles point for a 1-0 lead, thanks to victories at the Nos. 1 and 3 spots after UCLA claimed the first win at No. 2. Trailing 8-7, Stanford's No. 3 team of Whitney Deason and Theresa Logar battled back for a 9-8 (3) victory to secure the doubles point. UCLA's Stephanie Wetmore quickly made it 1-1 with a 6-0, 6-3 victory at No. 6 spot. The Bruins also picked up wins at the Nos. 3 and 4 spots, becoming the first opponent to record three points against Stanford since the Cardinal defeated Arizona State 4-3 on Feb. 23. Straight-set wins by Lindsay Burdette (6-2, 6-2) at No. 5 and Theresa Logar (6-4, 6-4) at No. 1 evened the match at 3-3 before Yelsey decided the outcome at No. 2.