No. 5 Stanford Starts Homestand With 5-2 Win Over No. 8 USC

April 4, 2008

STANFORD, Calif.- No. 5 Stanford kicked off its biggest homestand of the year with a 5-2 victory over No. 8 USC on Friday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium, completing a sweep of the season series against the Women of Troy.

Stanford improves to 14-4 overall and 4-1 in Pac-10 competition while USC falls to 15-5 overall and 3-1 in league action. The Cardinal also defeated the Women of Troy 4-3 in Los Angeles back on Mar. 1 in a non-counting Pac-10 match.

With Friday's victory, the Cardinal stretched its regular season home dual match win streak to 102. Throw in a 26-0 record in NCAA Tournament matches played at Taube Family Tennis Stadium and the Cardinal has not been defeated in the last 128 contests played on its home court.

Unlike the team's first meeting, Stanford cruised to an early advantage and wrapped up the match quickly. The Cardinal captured the doubles point for the 15th time in 18 matches, sweeping all three spots. After wins at Nos. 2 and 3, the No. 1 squad of Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette turned a 4-2 deficit into an 8-4 victory as Stanford took a 1-0 lead.

In perhaps her most impressive match of the year, Celia Durkin routed Gabriela Niculescu 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 3 position for a 2-0 Stanford lead. Barte won her 20th match overall and improved to 12-0 at the No. 1 spot when she breezed past Lindsey Nelson 6-3, 6-3. It was Barte's second win over Nelson this year.

Burdette followed with the clincher at No. 4, topping Sarah Fansler 6-3, 6-4 for the Cardinal's fourth point.

USC sandwiched wins at Nos. 2 and 6 around Jessica Nguyen's 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4) triumph at No. 2 over Amanda Fink.

Stanford hosts No. 9 UCLA tomorrow at noon, hoping to avenge a 4-3 loss to the Bruins back on Feb. 29 in Los Angeles.

No. 5 Stanford 5, No. 8 USC 2

DOUBLES
1) No. 17 Barte/Burdette (STAN) d. No. 6 Fink/Niculsecu (USC) 8-4
2) Deason/Nguyen (STAN) d. Kinstler/Nelson (USC) 8-2
3) Durkin/McVeigh (STAN) d. Sanchez/Andrews (USC) 8-4
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

SINGLES
1) No. 7 Hilary Barte (STAN) d. No. 50 Lindsey Nelson (USC) 6-3, 6-3
2) No. 19 Jessica Nguyen (STAN) d. No. 10 Amanda Fink (USC) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4)
3) Celia Durkin (STAN) d. No. 71 Gabriela Niculescu (USC) 6-1, 6-1
4) No. 93 Lindsay Burdette (STAN) d. No. 118 Sarah Fansler (USC) 6-3, 6-4
5) No. 115 Maria Sanchez (USC) d. No. 54 Whitney Deason (STAN) 6-7, 4-3, ret.
6) No. 108 Leyla Entekhabi (USC) d. No. 68 Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7)
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 4, 5, 2, 6

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