Stanford Tennis Back In The Postseason On Both Sides
April 29, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- The Stanford men's and women's teams have qualified for the 2008 NCAA Championships, as announced this morning by the NCAA Division 1 Women's Tennis Subcommitte.
More information on both programs to follow, but here's a quick primer. The final 16 teams on both sides advance to Tulsa, Okla., the following week for the NCAA Championships.
Currently ranked No. 22 in the country, Stanford (12-8) will battle UC Santa Barbara (15-9) in an opening round match to be played in Malibu, Calif. Host and No. 13 overall seed Pepperdine (18-6) faces Hawai'i (8-10) in the other contest. UC Santa Barbara (Big West), Pepperdine (WCC) and Hawai'i (WAC) are all conference champions while Stanford is back in the postseason as an at-large selection. Dates and times have yet to be determined, with first round competition slated for Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday, May 9-10 or 10-11. Stanford, which took third place in the Pac-10 this year at 5-2, last won a NCAA Championship in 2000- the 17th in the history of the program. The Cardinal is currently on a four-match win streak and touts three nationally-ranked singles players in No. 7 Alex Clayton, No. 80 Matt Bruch, and No. 124 Richard Wire.
Stanford, ranked No. 4 nationally and tabbed as the No. 4 overall seed in this year's draw, enters the postseason with a 19-4 overall record. Taube Family Tennis Stadium has been tabbed as one of 16 host sites for first and second round competition, scheduled for May 9-10. Stanford tangles with America East champion Boston University (11-7) in the opening round and will play the winner of Texas A&M (16-8) and Washington (12-9). The Cardinal finished 7-1 in Pac-10 play, earning a share of the regular season championship with UCLA and extending the program's streak of 21 consecutive league titles. Stanford, which has claimed five of the last seven NCAA team titles, has also won 13 of its last 14 matches. All six players in the Cardinal's singles lineup are nationally-ranked: No. 3 Hilary Barte, No. 13 Jessica Nguyen, No. 65 Celia Durkin, No. 66 Lindsay Burdette, No. 68 Whitney Deason and No. 95 Carolyn McVeigh.