No. 3 Women's Tennis Takes To The Desert This Weekend

March 4, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - After suffering its first loss in two years just one month ago to Georgia at the National Team Indoor Championships, the Cardinal have found a way to rebound. No. 3 Stanford women's tennis has reeled off five consecutive victories to improve to 10-1 overall in dual match competition as it enters the midway point of the 2002 season.

The Cardinal will look to continue its recent success this weekend when it travels to the desert for matches against No. 8 Arizona State and No. 45 Arizona. Stanford will square off against the Sun Devils in Tempe on Friday, Mar. 8 at 1:30 p.m., before hooking up with the Wildcats on Saturday, Mar. 9 at noon.

No one has been able to handle the Cardinal in the last month, as the squad has won five straight matches- four of those coming in the form of 7-0 wins, with the fifth a 6-1 decision.

Stanford posted 7-0 shutouts against No. 60 Oregon and No. 44 San Diego State in last weekend's abbreviated homestand.

Against Oregon, the Cardinal picked up its second conference win of the year. The Red & White dropped just 26 games in nine matches to defeat the Ducks. Stanford swept all three doubles matches, including an 8-0 shutout at the No. 2 spot by Lauren Barnikow (Woodbridge, N.J.) and Erin Burdette (Jackson, Ga.)- the No. 8 team in the nation. Singles play was equally impressive, with the Cardinal notching straight set wins at Nos. 1-5, and No. 6 Emilia Anderson (Cincinnati, Ohio) rallying for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory to round out the scoring.

One day later against the Aztecs in a non-conference battle, the Cardinal lost just eight games in doubles and captured all six singles matches in straight sets for the 7-0 shutout. The No. 2 doubles team in the country- Lauren Kalvaria (Indialantic, Fla.) and Gabriela Lastra (Reno, Nev.)- recorded an 8-0 shutout win over San Diego State's Lindsey Hedberg and Silvia Tornier at the No.1 doubles spot to highlight the competition. All six singles matches were straight set wins, including freshman Story Tweedie-Yates (Redmond, Wash.) earning her eighth win of the season at No. 6 with a 7-5, 6-1 showing.

Shutouts have been the norm so far this season for the Card, as Stanford has won seven of its first 10 matches via the 7-0 margin.

Leading the Cardinal in singles are the following: No. 9 Barnikow- 18-5 overall, 9-1 dual, No. 11 Kalvaria- 11-3 overall, 5-0 dual, No. 15 Burdette- 20-5 overall, 9-1 dual, No. 16 Lastra- 16-6 overall, 7-2 dual and No. 103 Keiko Tokuda (Clifton, N.J.)- 15-4 overall, 9-1 dual).

On the doubles side, the following teams are leading the club: No. 2 Kalvaria/Lastra at 13-1 overall, 5-0 dual and No. 8 Barnikow/Burdette at 17-5 overall, 7-2 dual.

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