Cardinal Well-Represented In NCAA Singles, Doubles Field
May 1, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- No. 4 Stanford will be represented by three different student-athletes in the NCAA Championship singles and doubles draw, as two singles participants and one doubles team have been selected to the main field.
Freshman Hilary Barte, ranked No. 3 in the country, earned a No. 1-8 seed in the draw. Barte is 27-6 on the year and 20-3 in dual match play. She had won 19 in a row prior to last weekend, when she retired due to injury after trailing 5-4 against California's Claire Ilcinkas at the Pac-10 Championships. Barte is 16-2 against Pac-10 opponents and 18-4 versus nationally-ranked foes.
Joining Barte in the main draw is junior Jessica Nguyen, who was tabbed a No. 9-16 seed. Nguyen is 27-9 overall and 16-5 in dual match play, competing primarily at the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Nguyen has won six in a row and is 12-8 against nationally-ranked opponents and 8-3 in three-set matches. Nguyen is currently ranked No. 13 nationally.
Senior Celia Durkin was named one of eight alternates for singles. Durkin is 19-7 overall and 15-3 in dual match play. She has been perhaps the Cardinal's hottest player as of late, winning 10 of her last 11 matches down the stretch. Durkin is ranked No. 65 in the nation.
In doubles, Stanford's top team of Barte and sophomore Lindsay Burdette earned an at-large invite to the field. Ranked No. 9 in the country, Barte and Burdette are 15-10 overall, with all of those matches being played at the No. 1 spot. The duo has won four of its last five matches.
No. 4 Stanford (19-4, 7-1 Pac-10) will be making its 27th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance when first round competition gets underway at campus sites next weekend.
The Cardinal has been tabbed as the No. 4 overall seed in this year's draw, and as a result Taube Family Tennis Stadium will serve as one of 16 host sites for first and second round action, scheduled for May 9-10.All first and second round matches are played at campus sites. The final 16 teams will square off at the NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Okla., beginning Thursday, May 15. The national championship match is set for Tuesday, May 20.
Stanford will host unranked Boston University (11-7) in the opening round on Friday, May 9, in a 1 p.m. match. The other first round contest pits No. 31 Texas A&M (16-8, 9-2 Big 12) against No. 38 Washington (12-9, 2-6 Pac-10) at 10 a.m. Friday's winners will meet on Saturday, May 10, in a second round match at 12 p.m.
Ticket prices for two-day reserved tickets are as follows: $12 (includes all three matches), $10 (adult/general admission) and $5 (student/child/senior general admission). Single-day tickets are priced as follows: $8 (reserved), $6 (adult/general admission) and $4 (student/child/senior general admission). Students must show a valid school ID.
Stanford owns a 104-12 record in the postseason since the NCAA Tournament went to its present format in 1982. During that time, Stanford has won 15 of 26 possible NCAA team titles, including five of the last seven seasons overall. The Cardinal has won 22 of its last 23 NCAA Tournament matches, suffering its first postseason defeat in four years after falling 4-2 to UCLA in the 2007 semifinals.