No. 11 Stanford Handles No. 58 Saint Mary's 5-2

Feb. 19, 2009

STANFORD, Calif.- No. 11 Stanford opened a six-match homestand with a 5-2 victory over No. 58 Saint Mary's on Thursday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Stanford (5-2) won the doubles point, collected three convincing singles victories to secure the match and added a fifth point later in the contest courtesy of a tiebreaker.

Saint Mary's (2-2) was playing for the first time since a 4-2 win at San Francisco back on Feb. 8.

Home wins have become the norm for Stanford, which extended its winning streak at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium to an unthinkable 139 in a row (111 in the regular season). The Cardinal has not lost a home match since a 5-4 loss to No. 4 California back on Feb. 27, 1999.

Stanford swept all three doubles matches easily to take a 1-0 lead.

After Hilary Barte and Carolyn McVeigh cruised to easy victories on courts one and four, respectively, the Cardinal earned its fourth point at the No. 2 position when Lindsay Burdette downed Claire Soper 6-2, 6-4.

Three matches required a third-set tiebreaker.

Stanford is back in action next Friday, Feb. 27, against Washington State at 1:30 p.m.

No. 11 Stanford 5, No. 58 Saint Mary's 2

DOUBLES
1) No. 44 Barte/Burdette (STAN) d. No. 42 Poorta/Soper (SMC) 8-3
2) McVeigh/Nguyen (STAN) d. Chikhikvishvili (SMC) 8-1
3) Hansen/Yen (STAN) d. Calvo/Aloia (SMC) 8-5
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3

SINGLES
1) No. 14 Hilary Barte (STAN) d. No. 42 Alex Poorta (SMC) 6-0, 6-2
2) No. 103 Lindsay Burdette (STAN) d. Claire Soper (SMC) 6-2, 6-4
3) Jessica Nguyen (STAN) d. Anna Chikhikvishvili (SMC) 6-2, 4-6, (10-7)
4) Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) d. Sabina Gunnarsson (SMC) 6-1, 6-3
5) Marah Calvo (SMC) d. Veronica Li (STAN) 6-3, 4-6, (10-8)
6) Erin Young (SMC) d. Courtney Clayton (STAN) 2-6, 6-3, (10-7)
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 2, 6, 3, 5

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