Rain Shifts Season Opener Against UC Davis To Tuesday
Jan. 24, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- No. 2 Stanford's season-opening match against UC Davis on Friday afternoon has been postponed due to rain.
The match has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m.
Stanford checks in at No. 2 in the latest ITA national team rankings behind defending NCAA champion Georgia Tech. UCLA, Florida and Georgia round out the top five.
All-Americans sophomore Lindsay Burdette, senior Celia Durkin and junior Jessica Nguyen spearhead a talented roster that includes a good mix of upperclassmen and newcomers. The Cardinal, which has won at least 20 dual matches every year since 1981, appears ready to resume its standing as the best program in women's tennis.
Three Cardinal singles players are nationally-ranked in singles at the moment. Nguyen sits at No. 21 after compiling a team-best 11-4 record in the fall, Burdette is 5-5 overall and is ranked No. 39 while freshman Carolyn McVeigh is ranked No. 58 after posting a notable 9-3 mark.
Stanford wrapped up the 2007 campaign at 24-2 overall and 8-0 in Pac-10 play, securing the 20th league title in school history. The Cardinal was undefeated in the previous three seasons (86-0) and strung together an NCAA record 89-match winning streak until a 4-3 loss to then-No. 6 Georgia Tech back on Feb. 3 at the National Team Indoor Championships. Ranked as low as No. 4 this year (Mar. 6), the Cardinal bounced back and retained the No. 1 spot since late March. Not to mention Stanford went almost three months without its normal lineup in tact as key starters battled through multiple injuries and slow starts.
Stanford closed out the 2007 regular season home schedule with a perfect 12-0 record, extending its winning streak to 95 in such matches. Throw in a 26-0 record in NCAA Tournament matches played at Taube Family Tennis Stadium and Stanford has not been defeated in the last 121 contests played on its home court. Stanford's last loss at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium occurred on Feb. 27, 1999, when No. 4 California pulled a 5-4 upset.