No. 1 Stanford Advances To ITA Indoor Semifinals

Feb. 8, 2008

STANFORD, Calif.- No. 1 Stanford (3-0) advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 victory over No. 9 Miami (4-1) at the ITA National Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis., on Friday afternoon.

The win sets up a semifinal rematch on Saturday afternoon with Georgia Tech. 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 year 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.

On Friday, Stanford captured the doubles point and picked up wins at the Nos. 2, 4 and 5 positions in singles to claim the victory despite playing the match without senior Celia Durkin (illness).

The Cardinal swept all three doubles matches, winning 8-3 at the top two spots and 8-4 at the third position.

Junior Jessica Nguyen gave Stanford a 2-0 lead when she breezed past Miami's Romy Farah 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2. However, Claudia Wasilewski outlasted Lejla Hodzic 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 at No. 6 to cut Stanford's lead to 2-1.

The squads alternated wins at Nos. 4 and 1 before freshman Carolyn McVeigh provided the clincher with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Caren Seenauth at No. 5.

No. 1 Stanford 4, No. 9 Miami 3

DOUBLES
1) Burdette/Barte (STAN) d. Vallverdu/Farah (MIA) 8-3
2) Deason/Nguyen (STAN) d. Kissell/Sabatino (MIA) 8-3
3) Durkin/McVeigh (STAN) d. Seenauth/Eichkorn (MIA) 8-4

SINGLES
1) No. 29 Laura Vallverdu (MIA) d. No. 39 Lindsay Burdette (STAN) 1-6, 6-2, 7-5
2) No. 21 Jessica Nguyen (STAN) d. Romy Farah (MIA) 6-3, 6-3
3) Michaela Kissell (MIA) d. Hilary Barte (STAN) 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3)
4) Whitney Deason (STAN) d. Bianca Eichkorn (MIA) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
5) No. 58 Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) d. Caren Seenauth (MIA) 6-2, 6-3
6) Claudia Wasilewski (MIA) d. Lejla Hodzic (STAN) 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3
Order of finish: 2, 6, 4, 1, 5, 3

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