Women's Tennis Honored With Five All-Americans
June 4, 2007
STANFORD, Calif.- For the third straight season, five members of the Stanford women's tennis team have earned All-America honors as announced on Monday by the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association).
Seniors Theresa Logar and Anne Yelsey were both honored for the third time while junior Celia Durkin is now a two-time All-American. Sophomore Jessica Nguyen and freshman Lindsay Burdette are first-time recipients.
All five players received All-Pac-10 honors, the most honors for Stanford since five were recognized in 2004. Durkin, Nguyen and Yelsey were also tabbed Pac-10 All-Academic selections last week.
Burdette, the only player to earn All-America honors in both singles and doubles, closed out an impresive rookie campaign with a late charge in the NCAA Tournamen that saw her reach the singles and doubles quarterfinals. Burdette closed out the year at 31-5 overall and 18-2 in dual match play. Her 31 victories were the most by any Cardinal player in 2006-07.
Durkin wrapped up her season at 30-13 overall and 15-6 in duals, checking in with a No. 14 final national ranking. One of the Cardinal's most consistent players, Durkin reached the round of 16 in NCAA Singles competition and owned a 15-8 record against nationally-ranked opponents.
Logar closed out her senior year with an appearance in the NCAA round of 16. She concluded her season with a 30-11 overall mark and her standout 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. Her 88 career dual match wins place her in a tied for eighth in school history.
Nguyen's inclusion as an All-American is noteworthy, considering she missed much of the dual match season with a foot injury. However, she was instrumental to the Cardinal's success when on the court and ended the year at 23-7 overall, 11-1 in duals and with a final national ranking of No. 20. Nguyen held a 10-2 mark against nationally-ranked opponents and won five of her final six matches during Stanford's NCAA Tournament run.
Yelsey earned All-America honors in doubles, teaming with Burdette as the Cardinal's top doubles squad. The duo reached the NCAA quarterfinal round and finished with a final national ranking of No. 13. Yelsey fell just short of a third Pac-10 doubles title when she and Burdette were upended in the championship match. Yelsey also finished 23-8 in singles, earning a No. 24 national ranking while playing the entire season as Stanford's No. 2.
A player must meet any of the following criteria to earn ITA All-America honors:
1.) Top 16 seed in NCAA Singles Championships, or;
2.) Reach round of 16 in NCAA Singles Championships, or;
3.) Finish in the Top 20 of the final Fila Rankings.
1.) Top eight seed in NCAA Doubles Championships, or;
2.) Reach quarterfinals of NCAA Doubles Championship, or;
3.) Finish in Top 10 of final Fila Rankings