National Team Indoors Next Up For No. 1 Stanford
Feb. 6, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- Back at the top spot in the national rankings, No. 1 Stanford (1-0) returns to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis., with a little revenge on its mind.
The Cardinal suffered its first loss at the National Team Indoors since 2003 when it was upset by No. 6 Georgia Tech 4-3 last February in the semifinals.
In the process, one of the most dominating stretches in NCAA history came to an end as Stanford suffered its first dual match loss in three years after compiling a record 89-match winning streak.
The 89-match winning streak produced three NCAA titles, three Pac-10 Championships, seven All-Americans and tons of other memorable moments along the way. 47 of the victories came against top-25 clubs while 27 matches resulted in 7-0 shutouts.
This time around, Stanford remains the gold standard in women's tennis but there are plenty of other programs that have emerged as national title contenders. Almost all of those clubs are participating in this weekend's field, which includes the country's premier teams.
Stanford will face off against No. 11 Baylor (2-0) on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. PST in the opening round. The Cardinal's lone win of the year came in the form of a 6-1 victory over No. 41 UNLV last weekend after its first two matches were cancelled due to inclement weather.
Each team is guaranteed three matches at the four-day event with only the championship match taking place on day four. Fans can follow the action from the 2008 ITA National Team Indoor Championship at http://www.itatennis.com.
Leading the Cardinal so far this year is junior Jessica Nguyen, who is ranked No. 21 nationally and owns a team-best 11-5 mark. Freshman Carolyn McVeigh checks in at No. 58 and has chalked up an impressive 10-3 record.
Sophomore Lindsay Burdette is Stanford's third nationally-ranked player at No. 39 and she is 6-5 overall.