Regular Season Concludes This Week At Home For No. 3 Stanford
April 14, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- Only two matches remain in the regular season for No. 3 Stanford (17-4, 6-1 Pac-10), which closes out the dual match schedule this week with a pair of performances at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
The Cardinal hosts UC Davis in a non-conference match on Tuesday, Apr. 15, at 3 p.m. The teams were slated to meet in the season opener back on Jan. 25. However, heavy rains pushed the contest back another week before the match was postponed once again due to a second sequence of storms in the Bay Area. The Aggies (11-9, 3-5 Big West) own a 4-4 record in their last eight matches.
The focus then shifts back to conference play, as Stanford hosts rival California (15-4, 6-1 Pac-10) on Saturday, Apr. 19, with the winner in excellent position to claim the Pac-10 title outright. UCLA also stands at 6-1 and hosts USC (5-2) on Apr. 18 in another match with league title implications.
Stanford defeated both UCLA and USC two weeks ago in Pac-10 counting matches and while the Golden Bears stunned the Cardinal 6-1 in Berkeley back on Feb. 20, only this weekend's match will count in the standings.
Saturday's match will also serve as Senior Day for Whitney Deason, Celia Durkin and Lejla Hodzic. During their time on The Farm, this trio has captured two NCAA team championships (2005, 2006) while posting a 98-6 overall record in dual match competition. Fans are encouraged to arrive as early as 11:15 a.m. for the senior ceremony that will take place prior to the start of doubles competition.
Stanford has won five straight and 11 of its last 12 matches overall. The Cardinal's dominance at Taube Family Tennis Stadium has been even more impressive, thanks to a regular season dual match home winning streak that now stands at 104. Throw in a 26-0 record in NCAA Tournament matches and the Cardinal has not been defeated in the last 130 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.
Three different Cardinal players have totaled at least 20 singles victories so far this year: Jessica Nguyen (26-9), Carolyn McVeigh (24-8) and Hilary Barte (23-5). Barte's 18 dual match wins are a team-best and she is 15-0 at the No. 1 position since being inserted into that spot back on Feb. 22.
Stanford's No. 2 doubles team of Deason and Jessica Nguyen currently sports a team-best overall mark of 17-5 while the No. 3 squad of Durkin and McVeigh leads the club with a 15-4 dual match ledger.
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