Hilary Barte Named ITA National Rookie Of The Year

May 20, 2008

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STANFORD, Calif.- Freshman Hilary Barte added yet another honor to her lengthy list of accolades on Tuesday, as she was named the 2008 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Rookie of the Year.

Barte is the first Cardinal player to capture the honor since Amber Liu earned the same distinction in 2003 following a freshman campaign in which she finished 33-10 overall, 17-6 in duals and was crowned the NCAA singles champion.

Barte has enjoyed one of the most impressive debut seasons in school history, and will continue her season Wednesday when the NCAA Singles Championship gets underway in Tulsa, Okla. Barte, ranked No. 3 in the country, earned the tournament's No. 3 overall seed and faces UNLV's Elena Gantcheva, ranked No. 36 nationally, in an 8 a.m. PT match.

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 Chatsworth, Calif., is a 5-5 lefty with powerful groundstrokes and an impressive serve. 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.

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