Burdette's NCAA Run Continues In Singles, Doubles
May 25, 2007
STANFORD, Calif.- Freshman Lindsay Burdette continued her late postseason surge at the NCAA Championships on Friday in Athens, Ga., advancing to the quarterfinal round in both singles and doubles.
Burdette teamed with senior Anne Yelsey to post a 6-2, 6-1 victory over UNLV's Elena Gantcheva and Kristina Nedeltcheva in Friday's round of 16. With the victory, Burdette and Yelsey improve to 23-7 overall on the year and avenge an 8-1 defeat to UNLV's top tandem back on Mar. 28 in a 5-2 Stanford triumph.
The duo will face Clemson's Ani Mijacika and Federica van Adrichem on Saturday at 11 a.m. PDT.
On the singles side, Burdette outlasted Northwestern's Georgia Rose 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. The victory was Burdette's team-leading 31st of the year, as she was now won five in a row overall and improves to 9-4 against nationally-ranked opponents.
On Saturday, Burdette will oppose Miami's Audra Cohen, the nation's top-ranked player who knocked out junior Celia Durkin on Friday by a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 count. Burdette and Cohen will hook up at 7 a.m. PDT.
Durkin wraps up her season with an overall mark of 30-13. One of the tournament's No. 9-16 seeds, Durkin is ranked No. 14 in the country and chalked up a 15-8 mark against nationally-ranked opponents in 2007.
Stanford's other singles participant, senior Theresa Logar, suffered a hard-fought 6-0, 5-7, 7-6 (6) defeat to Georgia's Natalie Frazier. After winning the first set 6-0, Frazier took a 4-0 lead in the second before Logar knotted the set at 4-4 and won the following two games after a 5-5 tie.
Trailing 3-1 in the third set, Frazier bounced back to tie the match at 3-3. Logar then took a 5-3 lead before Frazier rallied back again to tie the match, force a tiebreaker and claim a close 8-6 victory.
After Frazier took the seventh point in the tiebreaker, Logar hit what looked like would be an overhead winner to even things back up. But Frazier found a way to get a piece of her racquet on the ball, and it slowly sailed over Logar's head and landed just inside the back line for match point.
Logar concludes her season with a 30-11 overall mark and her impressive career at 140-28. The Cardinal's highest-ranked player at No. 8 nationally, Logar played at the No. 1 position for the entire season and racked up an 18-7 mark against nationally-ranked opponents.