Lastra and Burdette Named Finalists For Honda Tennis Award

May 31, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford's Erin Burdette (Jackson, Ga.) and Gabriela Lastra (Reno, Nev.) have recently been named as nominees for the 2001-2002 Tennis Honda Award, which determines the top female collegiate athlete for the sport.

Burdette and Lastra will join Wake Forest's Bea Bielik and Florida's Jessica Lehnhoff on the ballot.

The winner after nationwide balloting will become a nominee for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which is awarded annually to the nation's outstanding collegiate female athlete of the year at the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Banquet, scheduled for June 17 in Dallas during the NACDA convention.

Lastra, who had won 23 in a row entering her NCAA semifinal match, concluded her senior season with a 41-8 record. She finishes her collegiate career on The Farm with a 136-37 overall mark.

Burdette concludes an impressive rookie season with a 43-7 overall record. Playingprimarily at the No. 4 singles position throughout the year, Burdette led the team in victories and was victorious in 27 of her final 29 contests.

In addition to the honor of the selection, the Honda Awards Program will donate $1000 to the women's athletic fund of the winner's university.

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