Barte, Burdette And Nguyen Prepare For NCAA Championships

May 20, 2008

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NCAA Championships Tournament Central

TULSA, Okla.- 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 and junior Jessica Nguyen have earned spots in the singles draw, which begins Wednesday, May 21. Barte faces UNLV's Elena Gantcheva, ranked No. 36 nationally, in an 8 a.m. PT match. Nguyen will battle Miami's Laura Vallverdu, ranked No.19 nationally, in a 9:30 a.m. PT contest.

Barte, ranked No. 3 in the country, earned the tournament's No. 3 overall seed. Barte is a team-best 29-7 on the year and 22-4 in dual match play. Prior to suffering a loss in Stanford's NCAA quarterfinal loss to Baylor last weekend, Barte had been unbeaten at the No. 1 position in 19 matches and had won 21 of her last 22 contests overall dating back to Feb. 22.

The 2008 ITA National Rookie of the Year, Barte enjoyed an impressive rookie season for the Cardinal. She owns a 20-5 record against nationally-ranked opponents and is 16-2 versus Pac-10 foes. Barte is 6-5 on neutral courts and 3-2 in three-set matches.

Barte is bidding to become the first freshman in school history to win at least 30 overall matches and 20 duals since 2004 when Theresa Logar posted a 38-4 overall mark and was 27-0 in dual match action.

Nguyen, ranked No. 13 in the nation, was tabbed one of eight No. 9-16 seeds in the draw. Nguyen is 28-9 overall and 17-5 in dual match play, competing primarily at the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

Nguyen has been perhaps the Cardinal's hottest player down the stretch, owning a seven-match winning streak heading into Wednesday's tilt. She is 12-8 against nationally-ranked opponents and 14-5 versus Pac-10 foes. Nguyen is a team-best 8-3 in three-set matches and sports a 7-5 mark on neutral courts.

In doubles, Stanford's top team of Barte and sophomore Lindsay Burdette earned an at-large invite to the field. Barte and Burdette will oppose William & Mary's Megan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic when doubles play begins Thursday, May 22. Moulton-Levy and Zoricic posted an 8-3 win when the two squads hooked up in a dual match back on Mar. 4 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Ranked No. 9 in the country, Barte and Burdette are 17-11 overall, with all of those matches being played at the No. 1 spot. The duo has won six of its last eight matches overall. Barte and Burdette own a 5-8 mark against nationally-ranked opponents and are 8-6 versus Pac-10 foes.

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