Hilary Barte Tabbed Pac-10 Freshman Of The Year
June 4, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford was well-represented with three honorees among the women's tennis All-Pac-10 squad, as the selections were voted on by the league coaches. The Cardinal has placed at least three players on the team for the ninth straight season.
Highlighting the Cardinal's three selections was Hilary Barte, who was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year while also earning a spot on the First Team. The first Stanford player to receive the award since Amber Liu in 2003, Barte recently capped 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. She registered a 21-6 record against nationally-ranked opponents, was 7-6 on neutral courts and 4-2 in three-set matches.
Junior Jessica Nguyen, a Second Team honoree last year, was named to the six-member First Team. A two-time All-American, Nguyen was one of eight No. 9-16 seeds in the NCAA Singles Championship draw and 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.
Senior Celia Durkin collected her second career conference honor, as she was tabbed an Honorable Mention pick. A two-time All-American, Durkin concluded the season 19-9 overall and 15-5 in duals while earning a final national singles ranking of No. 66. Durkin wraps up her career with an overall singles mark of 85-27.