No. 4 Stanford Posts Third Straight Shutout; Tops UC Davis 7-0
April 15, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- No. 4 Stanford cruised to its third straight shutout and sixth straight victory overall, blanking UC Davis 7-0 on Tuesday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
With the win, the Cardinal improved to 18-4 while the Aggies fell to 11-10 overall.
Stanford's current string of three consecutive 7-0 shutouts is the first such stretch since the Cardinal blanked UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State by identical 7-0 margins back in April 2004.
Tuesday's win now sets the stage for Saturday's regular season finale against No. 6 California (15-4, 6-1 Pac-10). Both teams are tied with UCLA for first place in the conference at 6-1, followed by USC at 5-2. 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.
Stanford made quick work of UC Davis, capturing the doubles point for the 18th time in 22 matches this year. The Cardinal won all three matches, led by the No. 2 squad of Whitney Deason and Jessica Nguyen tallying an 8-1 victory to improve to 18-5 overall.
The Cardinal was just as dominant in singles play, allowing no more than four games in six straight-set victories against the Aggies. Deason gave Stanford a 2-0 lead thanks to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Emma Shapiro at the No. 3 spot. Hilary Barte then improved to 24-5 overall and 19-3 in dual match action after a 6-0, 6-2 rout of Robin Guier at the No. 1 position.
Leading 3-0, Jennifer Yen locked up a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Jessica Harris at the No. 5 spot. Yen moved to 16-8 overall and 9-3 in dual match play.
Lejla Hodzic concluded the match with her first dual match win of the year, a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Sidney Brady on court six.
Stanford extended its regular season dual match home winning streak to 105. Throw in a 26-0 record in NCAA Tournament matches and the Cardinal has not been defeated in the last 131 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.
Saturday's match against California will also serve as Senior Day for Deason, Celia Durkin and 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.
No. 4 Stanford 7, UC Davis 0
1) No. 12 Barte/Burdette (STAN) d. Athavale/Legaspi (UCD) 8-3
2) No. 45 Deason/Nguyen (STAN) d. Guier/Shapiro (UCD) 8-1
3) Durkin/McVeigh (STAN) d. Harris/Phillips (UCD) 8-2
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
1) No. 7 Hilary Barte (STAN) d. Robin Guier (UCD) 6-0, 6-2
2) No. 100 Lindsay Burdette (STAN) d. Herzyl Legaspi (UCD) 6-2, 6-3
3) No. 58 Whitney Deason (STAN) d. Emma Shapiro (UCD) 6-2, 6-0
4) No. 78 Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) d. Kaitlin Callan (UCD) 6-1, 6-2
5) Jennifer Yen (STAN) d. Jessica Harris (UCD) 6-2, 6-3
6) Lejla Hodzic (STAN) d. Sidney Brady (UCD) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 5, 2, 4, 6