Upcoming Week Features Three Home Matches At Taube
Feb. 15, 2010
STANFORD, Calif.- Both Stanford tennis teams are back in action this weekend, hosting a combined three matches at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
The women's squad is cruising along at 5-0, moving up to No. 8 in the latest edition of the national rankings. The men's team sports a 6-1 mark, checking in as the nation's No. 9 program. New team and individual rankings are scheduled to be released later this week.
No. 8 Stanford faces a bit of a break in its schedule, hosting No. 35 Boise State on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m. in its only action of the week.
The Cardinal posted its second shutout of the year in its last match, a 7-0 rout of Sacramento State on Feb. 11.
Stanford will play two more home matches before next week's challenging road swing against UCLA and USC. The first of those home contests comes Wednesday against Boise State.
Playing any match on The Farm has been a welcomed sight for Stanford, which extended its home winning streak at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium to an unthinkable 154 in a row (124 in the regular season) following last week's blanking of the Hornets. That's the longest active home winning streak of any intercollegiate sport in NCAA Division I athletics. The last time the Cardinal lost a home match was back on Feb. 27, 1999, when No. 4 California pulled a 5-4 upset.
Freshman Mallory Burdette leads Stanford in victories with a 17-3 overall mark, with junior Hilary Barte (13-3) and Stacey Tan (13-4) right on her heels. The doubles team of Barte and senior Lindsay Burdette owns an 18-1 mark and is riding a 17-match winning streak.
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No. 9 Stanford kicks off a stretch that features five straight home matches, beginning with a 1:30 p.m. contest against Boise State on Friday, Feb. 19. The following day, Stanford hosts California in a non-counting Pac-10 match that kicks off conference play.
The Cardinal stands at 6-1 after winning two of three matches at last weekend's National Team Indoor Championships. Stanford suffered its first loss of the year in a 4-0 defeat to No. 8 Texas to open the tournament, but bounced back with consolation round victories over No. 30 Fresno State (4-0) and No. 10 Kentucky (4-2) over the next two days.
Other than the Pacific Coast Doubles slated for Mar. 5-7, Stanford is now focused solely on its dual match season. The current five-game homestand also includes appearances from UCLA and USC next week before Utah visits on Mar. 3.
Despite suffering his first dual match loss of the year at the National Team Indoor Championships, sophomore Bradley Klahn still leads the club with an 18-3 overall ledger. Junior Greg Hirshman is next on the list with a 12-4 mark while remaining undefeated in duals at 6-0. The Cardinal has yet to lose a match at the No. 6 position, with Hirshman credited for much of the success at that spot.
Stanford's top doubles team of the nation's No. 1-ranked duo of Klahn and sophomore Ryan Thacher continues to impress, notching a 17-3 record.