No. 3 Stanford Returns Home To Face Saint Mary's

Feb. 12, 2008

STANFORD, Calif.- After suffering just its third dual match loss since the conclusion of the 2003 campaign, Stanford returns home to face No. 50 Saint Mary's (4-0, 0-0 WCC) in its only contest of the week.

The Cardinal is now 3-1 overall after dropping a 4-3 semifinal match to Georgia Tech at the ITA National Indoor Championships for the second season in a row. Last year, the Yellow Jackets snapped Stanford's 89-match winning streak with a 4-3 upset. Last weekend, Georgia Tech rallied from a 3-0 deficit to once again top the Cardinal during the same round of the same event.

That result shook up this week's rankings, as defending NCAA champion Georgia Tech now holds down the No. 1 spot. Northwestern checks in at No. 2, followed by Stanford at No. 3, Georgia at No. 4 and North Carolina at No. 5.

As usual, the Pac-10 is also well-represented among the nation's best. Joining Stanford in the top-25 are No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 California, No. 11 USC and No. 19 Arizona State.

Stanford turns its attention to another Bay Area upstart program this week, when No. 50 Saint Mary's pays a visit to the Taube Tennis Stadium on Thursday, Feb. 14, for a 1:30 p.m. match. The Gaels are undefeated in four matches, coming off a 7-0 shutout of Gonzaga in their most recent contest.

The Cardinal extended its regular season dual match home winning streak to 96 with a 6-1 victory over No. 41 UNLV back on Feb. 1. 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 122 contests played on its home court. Stanford's last home loss occurred on Feb. 27, 1999, when No. 4 California pulled a 5-4 upset.

Leading the way in singles so far this year are junior Jessica Nguyen (13-6 overall, 2-2 duals) and freshman Carolyn McVeigh (11-4 overall, 2-1 duals). In doubles, the Cardinal's No. 2 team of senior Whitney Deason and Nguyen is 9-0 overall and 5-0 in dual match play.

There are a couple of milestones to keep an eye on. Deason is three singles wins shy of 100 for her career while head coach Lele Forood is now five victories shy of 200 for her career.

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