No. 1 Women's Tennis Swings Into Action This Week

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Jan. 28, 2002

Thur., Jan. 31...vs. Pacific...1:30 p.m...Stanford, CA
Sat., Feb. Pepperdine...12 p.m...Malibu, CA
The Cardinal will once again attempt to open its 2002 dual-match season at home, when it squares off against unranked Pacific on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Stanford's originally scheduled season opener against Fresno State last weekend was cancelled due to rain. If the two schools meet at the National Team Indoor Championships next month, the match will not be made up. Otherwise, both sides will attempt to reschedule. Following its battle against the Tigers, the Cardinal will travel south to Malibu for a matchup with No .24 Pepperdine.

Pacific (1-0) opened its 2002 dual match season with a 5-2 win over UC Davis on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the West Lane Tennis Courts in Stockton, Calif. The match lasted over six hours, after rain forced the teams indoors to the West Lane Tennis Courts, which has just three courts. After UC Davis won the doubles point, five Tigers won their singles matches, with Susanne Bertel winning at the No. 1 position to lead the charge. Pacific claimed singles wins at the top five spots in the lineup after winning at No. 2 doubles. The Cardinal blanked Pacific 7-0 at home last season on Mar. 2.

Pepperdine (1-2), ranked No. 24 nationally, recently dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 16 UCLA in Westwood. After losing a total of five games in three doubles matches, the Bruins took a 1-0 lead heading into singles play. Pepperdine claimed its only point on the afternoon at No. 3 singles, where UCLA senior Petya Marinova withdrew from her match with Charlotte Vernaz due to a slight hamstring injury. Marinova won the first set 6-2 and Vernaz claimed the second set 6-3 when play was suspended. Stanford edged Pepperdine 6-1 in 2001 in the two school's last meeting.

The Cardinal begins the 2002 season ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. Stanford, which won the 2001 NCAA Championship under first year head coach Lele Forood, returns five of six starters from last year's squad. The Cardinal finished with a 30-0 overall record last season, marking the ninth undefeated season in program history and first since 1990.

Stanford was well-represented at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., as the Cardinal captured the doubles title and earned a runner-up singles finish. Seniors Lauren Kalvaria and Gabriela Lastra, ranked No. 1 nationally, teamed to win the doubles title, defeating UNLV's Paulina Janus and Agnieskza Abram 8-2. The duo cruised to an 8-3 semifinal victory after earning a first-round bye. Stanford's second doubles team of Erin Burdette and Keiko Tokuda advanced to the semifinals. On the singles side, Lastra was upset by Tennessee's Villmarie Castellvi 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 in the title match after picking up two victories. Meanwhile, sophomore Lauren Barnikow, ranked No. 42, reached the singles championship at the Pac-10 Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash., only to fall short in the title bout. Barnikow was bested by USC's Jewel Peterson 6-4, 6-1 in the Flight 1 singles bracket after winning her first three matches in straight sets. Sophomore Emilia Anderson was the only other Cardinal to notch a singles win, defeating Washington State's Lorena Arias 6-2, 6-4.

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