No. 1 Women's Tennis To Face UNLV On Friday

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Feb. 10, 2002

Fri., Feb. 15...vs. No. 56 UNLV (3-0)...1:30 p.m...Stanford, CA
The Cardinal finds itself in somewhat of an unfamiliar role heading into this weekend's match with UNLV- having to rebound from a loss. Stanford's 35-match winning streak was snapped last Saturday in Madison, Wis., when the Cardinal were upset 4-3 in the semifinals of the National Team Indoor Championships by Georgia- which was the last team to defeat Stanford (2000 National Championship). The Cardinal (5-1) looks to get back on track when it hooks up with UNLV on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Playing at home could be just what the Red and White needs to continue its winning ways, as four of the next five dual matches will be played on The Farm.

UNLV (3-0) finds itself undefeated and ranked No. 56 nationally entering Friday's match with the Cardinal. The Lady Rebels are coming off a 7-0 shutout win over Weber State at home, the second shutout in a three-day span as the team blanked Nevada 7-0 two days earlier. Junior Paulina Janus anchors the lineup, as the Warsaw native is ranked No. 59 nationally in singles and comes into Friday's match with an 8-4 overall mark. Four UNLV athletes have recorded at least seven singles victories thus far, while the Lady Rebels have been equally successful in doubles play having dropped just one match out of nine so far this season. The Cardinal notched a 7-0 shutout against UNLV last season in Las Vegas on Mar. 28 in the most recent meeting between the two teams.

And that was proven true last weekend, when Georgia handed the Cardinal its first loss in two years with a 4-3 upset win at the National Team Indoors. The Bulldogs captured the doubles point and secured singles victories at the Nos. 1, 3 and 5 positions to clinch the win. Just how good was the competition?- Nine of the twelve singles competitors in the match were ranked nationally, along with three of the six doubles teams. Georgia would end up winning the tournament championship after defeating Vanderbilt 4-1.

Despite the semifinal loss to Georgia, Stanford picked up some quality victories in the early round of the four-day tournament. The Cardinal blanked host Wisconsin 7-0 in the opening round for its third shutout of the 2002 campaign, then followed that with a 5-2 triumph over No. 15 Wake Forest in the second round. Stanford managed to win the doubles point and secure singles victories at four of the six spots against the Deamon Deacons. The Cardinal has won a record six titles in its history at the event.

Stanford has excelled in singles competition in the early going, and several athletes are sporting stellar early-season records as a result. Freshman Erin Burdette, ranked No. 10 in the nation, leads the team with a 16-5 overall mark, after finishing the fall season at 11-3. Close behind are Lauren Barnikow (No. 42 singles, three-match win streak) and No. 11 Gabriela Lastra, who is 12-6 and has played five of the first six matches at No. 1 singles for the Card. Keiko Tokuda is ranked No. 52 with an 11-4 mark, and Emilia Anderson already has 10 wins after finishing last season with 21 overall.

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