Stanford Wraps Up Competition At NCAA Championships
May 22, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- Freshman Hilary Barte's impressive rookie campaign came to a surprising end on Thursday afternoon, as the 5-5 lefty was defeated 6-3, 6-2 by Baylor's Lenka Broosova in the round of 32 at the NCAA Singles Championship.
One day after playing a three-set match for the first time in over a month, the No. 3-seeded Barte was stunned by Broosova, ranked No. 18 nationally. Thursday's contest against the Slovakian sophomore proved to be an uncharacteristically tough second round matchup, as Broosova entered the match having won 19 in a row while owning a school-record 50-4 overall mark on the year.
Barte and Broosova were hooking up for the second time this year, as Broosova outlasted Barte 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 back on Feb. 7 when Stanford defeated Baylor 4-2 in the ITA National Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis.
The 2008 ITA National Rookie of the Year, Barte wraps up the year with a team-best 30-8 overall mark while finishing 22-4 in duals. She enjoyed one of the most impressive rookie seasons in recent memory, becoming 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.
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., native registered a 21-6 record against nationally-ranked opponents, was 7-6 on neutral courts and 4-2 in three-set matches.
Stanford's top doubles team of Barte and sophomore Lindsay Burdette also suffered a defeat on Thursday, dropping a first round match to William & Mary's Megan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic by a 7-6 (3), 6-2 count.
It also represented the second meeting of the year between the two squads, as Moulton-Levy and Zoricic posted an 8-3 win during a dual match back on Mar. 4 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
Ranked No. 9 in the country, Barte and Burdette finished 17-12 overall, playing all of their dual matches at the No. 1 spot. The duo closed out the year winning six of its last nine matches overall.