No. 1 Women's Tennis To Compete In National Team Indoor Championships

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Feb. 5, 2002

Thu.-Sun., Feb. 7-10...National Team Indoors...All Day...Madison, Wis.
Thu., Feb. 7...First Round: (1) Stanford vs. Wisconsin...1:30 p.m

The Cardinal kicks off first round competition at the annual National Women's Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis., with a matchup with host Wisconsin. Stanford, the tournament's No. 1 seed, is scheduled to face the Badgers in the opening round of the four-day event at 1:30 p.m. PST. The prestigious tournament will be the final tuneup before the Cardinal delves into dual-match conference action. The other pairings for the event are as follows (tournament seeds in parantheses):
(2) Duke vs. Oklahoma State
(3) Vanderbilt vs. Northwestern
(4) Georgia vs. Baylor
(5) Tennessee vs. Old Dominion
(6) USC vs. Notre Dame
(7) Fresno State vs. North Carolina
(8) Wake Forest vs. Washington

Wisconsin (1-0) enters this weekend as the No. 73-ranked squad in the nation and serves as the annual host for the National Team Indoor Championships. The Badgers, who are 8-31 in 13 appearances at the Indoors, are coming off a 7-0 shutout of Minnesota in their Big Ten opener. Wisconsin swept all three doubles matches in the victory and notched straight-set singles wins at each position in the lineup except No. 1. The Badgers have also recorded home victories against Northern Illinois and BYU in the early going. Always a dangerous team for high seeds at this tournament, Wisconsin lost to eventual finalist Georgia in last year's opening round.

The Cardinal checks in at No. 1 in the latest edition of 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 and is off to a 3-0 start. The Cardinal finished with a 30-0 overall record last season, marking the ninth undefeated season in program history and first since 1990.

The latest edition of the individual rankings has five Cardinal women ranked in the top-100 for singles, as well as the top doubles team in the country. On the singles side, Lauren Kalvaria (6-3) paces Stanford with a No. 4 national ranking, while Erin Burdette (12-4) sits at No. 10 and fellow senior Gabriela Lastra (9-4) checks in at No. 11. Lauren Barnikow (10-4) is ranked No. 42 and Keiko Tokuda (7-3) holds down the No. 52 spot. Stanford's top duo of Kalvaria-Lastra (8-1) is the nation's No. 1 doubles team, while Barnikow-Burdette (10-3) follow closely behind at No. 6.

Stanford swept both of its matches last week to improve to 3-0 on the 2002 campaign, extending its winning streak to 33 matches. The Cardinal blanked Pacific 7-0 at home last Thursday, losing just six games in three doubles matches and 18 games in the six singles contests. That stellar performance was followed with a 5-2 defeat of No. 24 Pepperdine on the road, in which the Cardinal swept all three doubles matches and notched singles victories at the Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5 positions.

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