Top-Seeded Stanford Begins Quest for Third-Straight NCAA Title Against Quinnipiac on Friday

May 11, 2006

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Tournament Talk ...
No. 1-seeded Stanford will face un-seeded Quinnipiac on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. Entering the match against the Bobcats, the Cardinal has won 12-consecutive NCAA postseason duals and 29 of the last 30 NCAA matches. In 2004, Stanford opened NCAA action against Quinnipiac, besting the Bobcats 4-0 at the Taube Tennis Center.

Hosts and Hostesses ...
Stanford will play host to first and second round action this weekend before welcoming the top-16 teams for both the men's and women's NCAA Championship next week. This is the first time in the of the NCAA Tennis Championship that the men's and women's tournament will be played at the same site. On Friday, women's play will kick off the first weekend of tennis, with No. 28 Brigham Young and No. 38 Arizona matching up at noon. Stanford and Quinnipiac will play at 3 p.m. to decide which team advances to the second round, which will be played on Saturday at 3 p.m., following men's first round action between Cal and UC Santa Barbara at 9 a.m. and Stanford and Quinnipiac at noon. The men will wrap up the weekend on Sunday with the second round at 11 a.m. The round of 16 will begin on Thursday, May 18 at 9 a.m. for the women and Saturday, May 20 at 9 a.m. for men.

Individual Items ...
Six Stanford players were offered bids to the 2006 NCAA Singles Championship (No. 7 seed Alice Barnes, Whitney Deason, Celia Durkin, No. 8 seed Amber Liu, No. 9-16 seed Theresa Logar and No. 9-16 seed Anne Yelsey), and two pairings will also compete in the 2005 NCAA Doubles Championship (top-seeded Barnes/Yelsey and Durkin/Liu). The women's individual tournament kicks off on Tuesday, May 23, after the team championship concludes on May 22.

Ranking Report ...
Stanford remains the top team in the nation with an unblemished 24-0 overall record. Stanford has been ranked No. 1 by the ITA for the entire 2006 season and was ranked No. 1 for the entire 2005 season and the final 12 weeks of the 2004 season.

Big Numbers ...

* Stanford will play in its 25th NCAA Tournament
* The Cardinal will begin its quest for its 15th NCAA Team Championship
* Lele Forood is 29-1 in NCAA postseason play with 4 titles and one runner-up finish
* Forood owns a 162-3 record as head coach at Stanford
* Stanford is on an 80-match winning streak, dating back to the 2004 campaign
* Stanford also owns a 101-match win streak on its home court at the Taube Tennis Center, with the Cardinal's last home loss on Feb. 27, 1999
* Stanford qualified six singles players for the NCAA Tournament and has seven singles players ranked in the top-75 and four are ranked in the top-11
* Two Cardinal pairs will compete for the NCAA Doubles Championship, three of the four players were NCAA Doubles finalists in Athens last season
* If the Cardinal defeats Quinnipiac, it will be the 25th time that Stanford posts a win in its opening match of the NCAA Tournament

Picture Perfect ...
Stanford posted back-to-back perfect seasons in 2004 and 2005. In `04, the Cardinal finished with a 29-0 record and won its 13th NCAA Team Title. Last year, the Cardinal went 27-0 and won its 14th NCAA Team Title. It was the third perfect season in head coach Lele Forood's tenure: she finished her first year with a 30-0 mark in 2001. Stanford has posted nine unblemished seasons in its history.

Pac-10 Pride ...
No. 1 Stanford claimed its 19th-straight Pacific-10 Conference title after tallying a perfect 8-0 league record (there are just nine Pac-10 teams in women's tennis). Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey captured the conference doubles title in Ojai for the second-straight year, and Barnes was also a singles semifinalist.

Conference Honors ...
Senior Alice Barnes and junior Anne Yelsey were named the Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year after winning their second conference crown together in April. Barnes, Amber Liu, Theresa Logar and Yelsey were all named to the All-Pac-10 First-Team.

Winning Ways...
The Cardinal tallied 15 shutouts this year and another six wins with only one point given up. Stanford owns an 80-match win streak and has won its last 101 home matches. The Cardinal has won 192-of-196 matches over the past seven seasons.

NCAA Tournament ...
The Cardinal has claimed 14 NCAA titles and 15 total collegiate titles. Stanford has won the NCAA Championship in four of the last-five seasons, including the last two. Stanford boasts a 94-11 (.895) all-time Tournament record. Stanford also won six-straight NCAA titles from 1986-91.

Postseason Potpourri ...
Stanford has competed in postseason action for the past 32 years and has earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament in every year of the tournament's 25-year existence. Stanford has advanced to the final match in 19 of its last 24 NCAA Championship appearances.

Coaching Corner ...
Head coach Lele Forood has led Stanford to four national titles and one runner-up finish during her first five years with the Cardinal. She owns a 162-3 (.982) all-time record in six seasons. Assistant coach Frankie Brennan has helped the Cardinal to 298 wins and six NCAA titles over the past decade.

Player Points ...
Stanford players have tallied 12 singles and five doubles NCAA titles. Senior Amber Liu captured a pair of NCAA singles titles
* in her first two seasons and advanced to the NCAA Doubles final last year with Anne Yelsey. Senior Alice Barnes won the NCAA Doubles Championship last year with Erin Burdette, but will be playing with Yelsey this season, while Liu will take on the doubles field with Celia Durkin.
*No women's tennis player has ever won three NCAA Singles Championships.

Streak Stats ...
Stanford has won 101-straight duals at home, but the Cardinal has also built its overall win streak to 80-consecutive duals. Stanford's last loss was in the NCAA Championship match against Florida in 2003. Since then, the Cardinal posted a perfect 29-0 season in 2004, a perfect a 27-0 record in 2005 and has amassed a 24-0 record this season.

Home Court Habits ...
Stanford has not been very friendly to its foes at the Taube Tennis Center. The Cardinal has won 101-straight matches on its home court, dating back to 1999. Heading into the tournament, Stanford has won all 11 of its duals at home this season.

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