No. 5 Women's Tennis Back In Action This Week

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March 25, 2002

Tue., Mar. 26...vs. No. 49 Harvard (8-5)...4 p.m...Stanford, Calif.
Thu., Mar. No. 46 Washington State (7-5)...12 p.m...Pullman, Wash.
Fri., Mar. No. 14 Washington (13-3)...1:30 p.m...Seattle, Wash.

The No. 5 Stanford women's tennis team, idle since a 5-2 road win against Arizona on Mar. 9, returns to action this weekend with three dual matches in four days. The Cardinal has won its last seven contests and are currently 12-1 overall and 4-0 against Pac-10 competition. Stanford begins the final week of March with a Tuesday night showdown against Harvard at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium beginning at 4 p.m., and hits the road to battle conference opponents Washington State and Washington later in the week. The Cardinal face the Cougars in Pullman on Thursday at 12 p.m., before squaring off against the Huskies on Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Seattle.

Harvard (8-5) will be Stanford's first opponent of the week when the two schools square off on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Crimson are coming off a 6-1 road loss to Fresno State on Sunday, with Susanna Lingman defeating the Bulldog's Chloe Carlotti 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 singles for Harvard's only point of the match.

Following its match against Harvard on Tuesday, the Cardinal hit the road for a contest against conference rival Washington State two days later. The Cougars (7-5) have won three in a row, including a 5-2 victory over Clemson in Honolulu last Friday. Washington State swept all three doubles matches and recorded singles wins at the Nos. 3-6 spots.

Stanford's final opponent of the week will be Washington (13-3), which is currently ranked No. 14 in the country. The Huskies are riding a three-match winning streak, and blanked Sacramento State 7-0 at home in its most recent action. The 2002 Washington squad has reached the 13-win plateau quicker than any UW team since 1978.

Following a 4-3 defeat to Georgia at the National Team Indoor Championships- Stanford's first dual match loss since the 2000 National Championship contest- the Cardinal have gotten back on track. Stanford has won seven straight since its Feb. 9 loss to the Bulldogs, with four of those seven victories being 7-0 shutouts. The Cardinal are undefeated in four conference matches and will look to continue that trend this weekend against the Washington schools. After this weekend, seven dual matches remain on the 2002 schedule leading up to Pac-10 Individual Championships on Apr. 25-28.

The Cardinal recorded a sweep in its most recent action, posting back-to-back 5-2 wins against the Arizona schools. Stanford downed Arizona State in Tempe on Mar. 8 before defeating Arizona the next day in Tucson. Against the Sun Devils, Stanford claimed five of the six singles matches after losing the doubles point for the first time in five matches en route to the win. The following day against the Wildcats, the Cardinal was able to snag victories at Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 6 singles, in addition to capturing the doubles point.

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