Women's Tennis Honored With Three All-Americans
May 31, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- For the ninth straight season, at least three members of the Stanford women's tennis team have earned All-America honors as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
Junior Jessica Nguyen and sophomore Lindsay Burdette were both honored for the second time in their career while freshman Hilary Barte is a first-time recipient. Barte was one of nine players to earn All-America recognition in both singles and doubles.
A player must meet any of the following criteria to earn ITA All-America honors:
Nguyen, one of eight No. 9-16 seeds in the NCAA Singles Championship draw, received a final national ranking of No. 16. Despite suffering a 6-1, 6-3 defeat to Miami's Laura Vallverdu in her first round match, Nguyen closed out her season at 28-10 overall and 17-5 in dual match play while competing primarily at the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
Nguyen was perhaps the Cardinal's hottest player down the stretch, winning seven of her final eight matches. She finished 12-9 against nationally-ranked opponents, 14-5 versus Pac-10 foes and was a team-best 8-3 in three-set matches. Nguyen also captured the singles title at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships in October.
One year after earning All-America honors in both singles and doubles, Burdette received All-America accolades in doubles this year. Teaming with Barte as the Cardinal's top doubles team, the duo finished with a final national ranking of No. 9 and was awarded an at-large invite to the NCAA Doubles Championship.
Barte and Burdette dropped their NCAA opening round match and finished 17-12 overall, playing all of their dual matches at the No. 1 spot. The tandem closed out the year winning six of its last nine matches.
In singles action, Burdette was 23-14 overall and 17-8 in dual match play. She concluded the year with a final national ranking of No. 65.
Barte put the finishing touches on one of the best rookie campaigns in recent memory. The 2008 ITA National Rookie of the Year, Barte wrapped up the year with a team-best 30-8 overall mark while finishing 22-4 in duals. She became 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.
Barte earned a final No. 4 national ranking and was the third seed at the NCAA Singles Championship, where she reached the second round before being upset by Baylor's Lenka Broosova.
Prior to suffering a loss in Stanford's NCAA quarterfinal loss to Baylor, 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.