No. 3 Stanford Rolls To 5-1 Victory At No. 44 Washington State

Feb. 23, 2008

STANFORD, Calif.- No. 3 Stanford closed out a three-match, four-day stretch with a 5-1 victory over No. 44 Washington State on Saturday afternoon in Pullman, Wash.

The Cardinal improves to 6-2 overall while the Cougars fall to 8-3.

For the second straight day, Stanford picked up the doubles point to take a 1-0 advantage. The Cardinal locked up 8-3 wins at the top two spots of the lineup. The No. 2 team of senior Whitney Deason and junior Jessica Nguyen, ranked No. 27 nationally, improved to a team-best 11-1 overall with a victory over Washington State's Aleksandra Cekic and Jessica Gomez.

Freshmen Jennifer Yen and Carolyn McVeigh made quick work of their opponents at the Nos. 6 and 5 spots, respectively, helping Stanford extend its lead to 3-0. Yen cruised past Gomez 6-2, 6-2 before McVeigh upped her overall record to 14-5 on the year with a 6-0, 6-1 triumph over Cekic.

Nguyen's 6-2, 6-4 win over Ekaterina Kamendova at the No. 3 position secured the match for Stanford. During this week's three-match stretch, Nguyen posted a 3-0 mark to bump her team-best singles total to 16-6.

At the No. 1 spot, freshman Hilary Barte registered a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Ekaterina Burduli, Washington State's lone nationally-ranked player.

Leading 5-0, the Cougars picked up their only point of the match when Aleksandra Stefanova outlasted sophomore Lindsay Burdette 1-6, 6-4, 10-8.

The match at No. 4 singles went unfinished.

Stanford is back on the road again next week, with matches at No. 7 UCLA (Friday, Feb. 29 at 1:30 p.m.) and No. 12 USC (Saturday, Mar. 1 at 12 p.m.).

No. 3 Stanford 5, No. 44 Washington State 1

DOUBLES
1) Barte/Burdette (STAN) d. Burduli/Kamendova (WSU) 8-3
2) No. 27 Deason/Nguyen (STAN) d. Cekic/Gomez (WSU) 8-3
3) Stefanova/Selaru (WSU) d. Hodzic/McVeigh (STAN) 6-4, DNF
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3

SINGLES
1) No. 49 Hilary Barte (STAN) d. No. 91 Ekaterina Burduli (WSU) 7-5, 6-4
2) Aleksandra Stefanova (WSU) d. Lindsay Burdette (STAN) 1-6, 6-4, 10-8
3) No. 9 Jessica Nguyen (STAN) d. Ekaterina Kamendova (WSU) 6-2, 6-4
4) No. 45 Whitney Deason (STAN) vs. Bianca Selaru (WSU) 6-4, 2-5, DNF
5) No. 31 Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) d. Aleksandra Cekic (WSU) 6-0, 6-1
6) Jennifer Yen (STAN) d. Jessica Gomez (WSU) 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 5, 3, 1, 2, 4

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