Barte Named Pac-10 Player Of The Year; Burdette, Nguyen Also Honored
May 4, 2009
STANFORD, Calif.- Three Stanford players were awarded with All-Pac-10 accolades on Monday afternoon, highlighted by the selection of sophomore Hilary Barte as Pac-10 Player of the Year.
The 2008 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Barte is the first Stanford player to capture Pac-10 Player of the Year honors since Gabriela Lastra in 2002. She is the 14th Cardinal player to receive the award.
Barte is the Pac-10's highest-ranked singles player, currently holding the No. 7 spot in the ITA's top-125. Barte is 31-5 overall this season and has compiled a 20-1 mark in dual matches. She has won 13 of her last 14 matches and defeated three top-10 opponents, including then-No. 3 Kelcy McKenna of Arizona State. Barte, who is 20-5 versus nationally-ranked opponents this year, earned the Pac-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Singles Championships, where she will be the seventh overall seed in the tournament.
Senior Jessica Nguyen and junior Lindsay Burdette also were honored, with both players tabbed Honorable Mention selections.Ranked No. 73, Nguyen sports a 20-9 overall record and is 17-4 in dual matches. Nguyen's best stretch of the year was a 12-match winning streak that spanned almost two months. She is 11-3 against Pac-10 opponents and 13-1 in home matches. Nguyen has played primarily at the No. 3 position this year.
Burdette, ranked No. 88, is also 20-9 overall and has posted a 16-5 record in duals. Playing mostly at the No. 2 spot this year, Burdette is 8-7 against nationally-ranked opponents and 15-3 in home matches. She will join Barte in the NCAA Doubles Championship next week.
No. 13 Stanford (17-4, 6-2 Pac-10) will be making its 28th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance when first round competition gets underway at campus sites this weekend.
The Cardinal has been tabbed as the No. 13 overall seed in this year's draw, and as a result Taube Family Tennis Stadium will serve as one of 16 host sites for first and second round action, scheduled for May 9-10.
All first and second round matches are played at campus sites. The final 16 teams square off at the NCAA Championships, hosted by Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, beginning Friday, May 15. The national championship match is set for Tuesday, May 19.
Stanford will host unranked Wichita State (21-5, 8-0 Missouri Valley) in the opening round on Saturday, May 9, in a 12 p.m. match. The other first round contest pits No. 25 LSU (13-10, 3-7 SEC) against No. 50 Long Beach State (18-7, 8-0 Big West) at 9 a.m. Saturday's winners will meet on Sunday, May 10, in a second round match at 1 p.m.