Barnikow and Burdette Named ITA National Doubles Team of the Year

June 10, 2004

SKILLMAN, N.J. - Stanford's Lauren Barnikow and Erin Burdette have been named the 2004 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Doubles Teams of the Year, the ITA announced today.

Barnikow and Burdette went 32-3 this season and finished No.1 in the ITA Rankings. The 16.94 point difference between the No. 1 and 2 doubles teams was the second largest margin between the top two spotsin the final rankings since 1984.

The duo held the top ranking in eight of 10 rankings this season (and three times in 2002-03), and earned Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year honors for the second-straight season. Barnikow is a senior from Woodbridge, N.J., and Burdette is a junior from Jackson, Ga.

They are the second Cardinal pair to receive this award, joining 2002 winners Lauren Kalvaria and Gabriela Lastra.

The ITA National Doubles Team of the Year award goes annually to the team that has had the most outstanding year, as determined by the ITA. Both teams will be honored at the ITA All-Star Outing and Awards Luncheon, presented by the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, on August 27 in New York, along with the ITA National Players of the Year, the Arthur Ashe/ITA Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winners (for Division I) and several of the top-ranked collegiate players from all ITA divisions in the ITA Rankings.

Stanford's Amber Liu was named the 2004 ITA National Player of the Year on Tuesday.

Past ITA National Doubles Teams of the Year
2000 - Claire Curran and Amy Jensen, California
2001 - Whitney Laiho and Jessica Lehnhoff, Florida
2002 - Lauren Kalvaria and Gabriela Lastra, Stanford
2003 - Christina Fusano and Raquel Kops-Jones, California
2004 - Lauren Barnikow and Erin Burdette, Stanford

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