No. 10 Women's Tennis Back At Home For Three Matches This Week
March 31, 2009
STANFORD, Calif.- No. 10 Stanford enters the final month of the regular season looking to improve its national ranking and continue building momentum heading into the postseason.
The Cardinal will have a huge advantage down the stretch: its schedule. Of the seven matches Stanford will play during the month of April, the next six will be played at home. Following a 6-1 victory over Princeton in its most recent home contest, Stanford extended its home winning streak at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium to an unthinkable 144 in a row (116 in the regular season). The Cardinal's last loss in a home dual match occurred more than 10 years ago, in the form of a 5-4 setback to No. 4 California on Feb. 27, 1999.
Stanford (12-3, 3-1 Pac-10) will play three opponents over a seven-day stretch for the next two weeks. This week's opponents include: No. 50 Sacramento State (Wednesday, Apr. 1 at 1:30 p.m.), No. 59 Arizona (Friday, Apr. 3 at 1:30 p.m.) and No. 21 Arizona State (Saturday, Apr. 4 at 12 p.m.).
The competition this week should be solid. Wednesday's opponent, Sacramento State (12-7, 5-0 Big Sky), opened the year with a seven-game winning streak but has won just five times in its last 12 matches.
Meanwhile, Arizona (10-5, 1-2 Pac-10) has won four of its last five overall and also started the year hot with a five-match winning streak. Arizona State (10-4, 3-0 Pac-10) finds itself tied with USC at 3-0 for the Pac-10 lead but the Sun Devils have yet to face either the Bay Area or Southern California schools.
After being entrenched in the No. 11 spot for three straight weeks, Stanford moved up to No. 10 in the latest edition of the Campbell/ITA College Tennis rankings. This is the Cardinal's highest ranking of the year since reaching the No. 5 spot back on Feb. 10.
The top-10 consists of: No. 1 Northwestern, No. 2 Georgia, No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 4 Baylor, No. 5 Miami, No. 6 Georgia Tech, No. 7 USC, No. 8 California, No. 9 Duke and No. 10 Stanford.
Stanford's recent success has also translated into the national singles and doubles rankings. In singles, the Cardinal's top three players have been awarded rankings. Hilary Barte (23-4 overall, 15-1 duals) checks in at No. 11 and has played all of her matches at the No. 1 spot this year. Jessica Nguyen (13-7 overall, 12-3 duals) is ranked No. 83 and she is one of Stanford's hottest players, winning seven in a row. Lindsay Burdette (16-6 overall, 12-3 duals) comes in at No. 122 and has held down the No. 2 spot in the lineup for much of the year.
On the doubles side, Stanford's top two teams are ranked. Barte and Burdette make up the nation's No. 11 team, having posted a 15-7 overall mark and a 12-4 record in duals. The duo of Nguyen and Carolyn McVeigh is ranked No. 57, with a 12-3 ledger overall and in duals.
Stanford is also five wins away from 800 victories all-time. Since the program's inception in 1975, the Stanford women's tennis program has amassed a 795-73 overall record.