Women's Tennis To Host NCAA First And Second Rounds; Meets Fairfield In Opener

May 4, 2010

STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford (20-1, 8-0 Pac-10) will be making its 29th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance when first round competition gets underway at campus sites next weekend.

Ranked No. 8 in the latest edition of the national ITA rankings, the Cardinal has also been awarded the No. 8 overall seed in the postseason draw. As a result, Taube Family Tennis Stadium will serve as one of 16 host sites for first and second round action, scheduled for May 14-15.

All first and second round matches are played at campus sites. The final 16 teams square off at the NCAA Championships, hosted by Georgia in Athens, Ga., beginning Thursday, May 20. The national championship match is set for Tuesday, May 25.

Stanford will host unranked Fairfield (19-5, 7-0 MAAC) in the opening round on Friday, May 14, in a 2 p.m. match. The other first round contest pits No. 31 SMU (23-4, 6-0 Conference USA) against No. 43 Pepperdine (12-13, 3-1 WCC) at 11 a.m.

Fairfield earned an automatic berth after winning the MAAC title. The Stags, who also won the regular season title with a 7-0 mark, have captured nine MAAC crowns in program history. Fairfield is making its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance and third in school history.

Friday's winners will meet on Saturday, May 15, in a second round match at 3 p.m.

Ticket prices for two-day all-session tickets are as follows: $20 (reserved), $15 (adult/general admission) and $10 (student/child/senior general admission). Single-day tickets are priced as follows: $8 (reserved), $6 (adult/general admission) and $4 (student/child/senior general admission). Students must show a valid school ID. Tickets will be available on Thursday, May 6, by calling 1-800-STANFORD or visiting www.gostanford.com.

Stanford owns a 109-14 record in the postseason since the NCAA Tournament went to its present format in 1982. During that time, Stanford has won 15 of 28 possible NCAA team titles, including five of the last eight nine overall. The Cardinal has won 27 of its last 30 NCAA Tournament matches, falling to Baylor 4-3 in last year's round of 16.

Stanford captured its first Pac-10 championship since a 21-year title run came to an end last season. This year, the Cardinal won the league outright with an 8-0 mark.

Not to mention the home court should provide Stanford with a decisive advantage in the early rounds. Thanks to a 5-2 win over California back on Apr. 17, Stanford extended its regular season dual match home winning streak to 132 in a row. Throw in a 30-0 record in NCAA Tournament matches and the Cardinal has not been defeated in the last 162 contests played on its home court. Stanford's last home loss occurred on Feb. 27, 1999, when No. 4 California pulled a 5-4 upset.

The 16 national seeds on the women's side are as follows: No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 6 Northwestern, No. 7 UCLA, No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 Clemson, No. 10 Duke, No. 11 Miami, No. 12 California, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 14 Georgia Tech, No. 15 Florida State and No. 16 Texas.

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