Women's Tennis Rolls Over No. 5 UCLA, 6-1
April 19, 2002
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Second-ranked Stanford University (21-1 overall, 7-0 Pacific-10 Conference) increased its winning streak to 16 with a 6-1 road victory over fifth-ranked UCLA (15-4, 5-2) on Friday afternoon at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
The Cardinal also continued its dominance over Pac-10 foes on Friday. The 6-1 victory marked the first time Stanford has dropped a point in a conference match this season, as it has outscored the rest of the Pac-10 by a combined score of 48-1 in its seven matches.
Stanford concludes the regular season at No. 10 USC (16-6, 6-0) on Saturday at noon at the Marks Tennis Stadium. The Cardinal can clinch its 15th consecutive Pacific-10 Conference title with a victory over the Women of Troy. In the first meeting between the teams, Stanford recorded a 6-1 non-conference home victory on April 5 at the Taube Tennis Center. UCLA will host No. 12 California (12-7, 3-3) on Saturday at noon at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
Stanford won eight of the nine matches on Friday, including all three doubles contests.At Nos. 1 and 2, Cardinal teams knocked off opponents that are ranked in the top five in the country. At No. 1, Stanford's top-ranked pair of Lauren Kalvaria (Indialantic, FL) and Gabriela Lastra (Reno, NV) beat Petya Marinova and Sara Walker 8-6. Stanford's 17th-ranked pair of Lauren Barnikow (Woodbridge, NJ) and Erin Burdette (Jackson, GA) defeated third-ranked Megan Bradley and Lauren Fisher 8-5 at No. 2.
Stanford then captured five of the singles matches, with four of those victories coming in straight sets.
Lastra, who is ranked 12th in the nation, upset the third-ranked Bradley 7-5, 6-1 at No. 2, while Barnikow, Burdette and Keiko Tokuda (Clifton, NJ) also won in straight sets.
At No. 1 singles, the fourth-ranked Kalvaria improved to 20-5 on the season with a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 victory over the eighth-ranked Walker.
#2 Stanford 6, #5 UCLA 1
Doubles (Stanford wins point)
No. 1 - #1 Lauren Kalvaria/Gabriela Lastra (S) d. #2 Petya Marinova/Sara Walker, 8-6
No. 2 - #17 Lauren Barnikow/Erin Burdette (S) d. #3 Megan Bradley/Lauren Fisher, 8-5
No. 3 - Keiko Tokuda/Story Tweedie-Yates (S) d. Mariko Fritz-Krockow/Sarah Gregg, 8-6
No. 1 - #4 Lauren Kalvaria (S) d. #8 Sara Walker, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5
No. 2 - #12 Gabriela Lastra (S) d. #3 Megan Bradley, 7-5, 6-1
No. 3 - #14 Lauren Barnikow (S) d. #71 Petya Marinova, 6-4, 6-0
No. 4 - #23 Erin Burdette (S) d. Sarah Gregg, 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 - Keiko Tokuda (S) d. Lauren Fisher, 6-4, 6-1
No. 6 - Catherine Hawley (UCLA) d. Emilia Anderson, 6-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6)
Records - #2 Stanford 21-1 overall (7-0 Pacific-10 Conference), #5 UCLA 15-4 (5-2).
Player and team rankings are courtesy of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and Omni Hotels.