No. 1 Stanford Takes On UNLV And Oregon This Week

March 22, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - After wet weather cancelled Sunday's match against Pepperdine, the No. 1 ranked Stanford women's tennis team resumes the 2005 campaign when they travel to take on UNLV at 2:00 pm in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The Cardinal continues Pac-10 play on Saturday when they return home to take on Oregon at the Taube Tennis Center in a match scheduled for 12:00 pm.

With six players ranked in the top-50, the Cardinal ranked as the top team in the nation for the ninth time in as many weeks according to the most recent ITA rankings released on March 22nd.

Two-time NCAA singles champion Amber Liu is the top-ranked Cardinal competitor, checking in at No. 14 in the ITA rankings. Senior Erin Burdette is right on Liu's heels at the No. 16 spot, while junior Alice Barnes and freshman Lejla Hodzic check in at No. 26 and No. 29, respectively. Sophomore Theresa Logar is ranked No. 38, and freshman Whitney Deason is currently ranked No. 45. Anne Yelsey rounds out the Cardinal singles competitors in the rankings at No. 86.

Two Stanford doubles tandems are also ranked, as the duo of Burdette and Barnes is ranked No. 12 and the pairing of Liu and Yelsey is currently No. 38.

Only one of Stanford's opponents this season has not had an ITA team ranking, and the Cardinal have posted a 12-0 overall record and a 3-0 mark against Pac-10 competition.

UNLV enters Wednesday's match with a No. 35 ranking, and a 7-4 overall record. The Lady Rebels fell to No. 7 ranked Duke last Friday by a score of 5-2. Freshman Elena Gantcheva is UNLV's top-ranked singles player, checking in at No. 22 after posting a 25-3 overall mark and an 11-2 record against ranked opponents.

Oregon travels to Washington on Tuesday before coming to the Bay Area for matches against Cal and Stanford this weekend. The Ducks are 12-2 with a 1-1 mark in Pac-10 play so far this season, and recently knocked off No. 22 ranked BYU, 5-2. Senior Daria Panova has recorded an 11-2 mark at the No. 1 singles position for Oregon.

Saturday's match against the Ducks tips off a four-match home stand for the Cardinal. Coach Lele Forood's squad hosts Cal next Wednesday, before taking on Arizona State and Arizona in the Stanford Spring Smash presented by Zoom Marketing on April 1st and 2nd, respectively.

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