No. 3 Women's Tennis Prepares For Abbreviated Homestand

Feb. 26, 2002

Fri., Mar. 1.....vs. Oregon.....1:30 p.m.....Stanford, Calif.
Sat., Mar. 2.....vs. San Diego State.....12 p.m.....Stanford, Calif.

No. 3 Stanford women's tennis (8-1) returns to action this weekend, taking on Pac-10 rival Oregon and non-conference opponent San Diego State at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Oregon, currently ranked No. 59 with a 7-5 overall record, will visit The Farm on Friday at 1:30 p.m. before San Diego State, ranked No. 42 with a 4-2 mark, comes to town on Saturday at 12 p.m. It will be important to make the most out of this weekend's abbreviated homestand, as the Cardinal will not play another home match until a Mar. 26 date with Harvard.

The Cardinal swept its two matches last week, recording 7-0 shutouts against Hawaiiat home and California in Berkeley. Stanford picked up its seventh victory of the year and second of the season against the Rainbow Wahine, sweeping all three doubles matches while losing just one game and securing straight-set singles victories at each spot in the lineup. Other than a two-hour rain delay and a few three-set singles victories, Saturday's Pac-10 opener against rival California in Berkeley was just as impressive. The Cardinal blanked the Golden Bears 7-0 at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley to improve to 8-1 on the year. Stanford opened the match by capturing the doubles point and taking a 1-0 lead, and swept singles for the second straight match.

As a result of their recent success, Cardinal athletes continue to dominate the national singles and doubles rankings. On the singles side, five Stanford netters are ranked and four of those five are in the nation's top-20. Sophomore Lauren Barnikow (Woodbridge, N.J.) leads the group, moving up 33 spots to No.9 after winning her last five matches. Barnikow is currently second on the team with a 16-5 overall mark (7-1 dual). Senior Lauren Kalvaria (Indialantic, Fla.) is 9-3 overall despite dropping four places to No. 11, but has been impressive winning her first three dual matches at the No. 1 spot since returning from injury. Freshman Erin Burdette (Jackson, Ga.) is ranked No. 15 and leads the squad with an 18-5 overall record (7-1 dual), while senior Gabriela Lastra (Reno, Nev.) holds down the No. 16 spot and is currently sporting a 15-6 overall record. Senior Keiko Tokuda (Clifton, N.J.) checks in at No. 103, and is 13-4. Sophomore Emilia Anderson (Cincinnati, Ohio) continues her impressive start to the season and is fifth on the team with 12 singles victories.

Last weekend's 7-0 shutout of Hawaii also included singles wins for Story Tweedie-Yates, Kara Guzman and Lizzy Bennett.

Consistent doubles play has also been a factor in Stanford's 8-1 start. The team's top duo of Kalvaria and Lastra, ranked No. 2 nationally, is 11-1 overall and undefeated in dual match competition. The Cardinal boasts one other ranked tandem- Barnikow and Burdette at No. 8 and leading the Red and White with a 15-5 overall record.

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