Rain Shifts Season Opener For Women's Tennis To Jan. 28

Jan. 22, 2009

STANFORD, Calif.- Today's season-opening match for No. 5 Stanford against UC Davis has been postponed due to rain.

The match has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m.

When the squad returns to the court, a lengthy and improbable streak will be on the line. Stanford sports an incredible 106-match winning streak at home during regular season play. Thrown in a 28-0 mark in the postseason, and the Cardinal is unbeaten in its last 134 matches at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium dating back to Feb. 27, 1999, when No. 4 California pulled a 5-4 upset.

The Cardinal checks in at No. 5 in the latest edition of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) national rankings, behind No. 1 Northwestern, No. 2 California, No. 3 UCLA and No. 4 Baylor.

Stanford wrapped up last year at 22-5 overall and 7-1 in Pac-10 play, reaching the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships. The early exit marked an unfamiliar ending for postseason regular Stanford, as the Cardinal was playing in its 27th consecutive NCAA Tournament and had captured five of the last eight national championships.

Stanford figures to be a national title contender again this year, backed by four returning starters that posted at least 20 singles victories last year. Two of those starters, sophomore Hilary Barte and junior Lindsay Burdette, sport national singles rakings of Nos. 26 and 97, respectively.

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