No. 1 Stanford Drops First Match Since 2003; Streak Ends At 89

Feb. 3, 2007

STANFORD, Calif.- Tarryn Rudman outlasted Stanford's Whitney Deason 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 at No. 5 singles, guiding No. 6 Georgia Tech to a 4-3 upset over No. 1 Stanford and handing the Cardinal its first dual-match defeat since 2003.

Rudman's singles victory was the last of three for the Yellow Jackets (3-0), who advanced to Sunday's title match against No. 4 Notre Dame at the National Indoor Championships in Madison, Wisc.

Saturday's loss was the first for Stanford since May 18, 2003, when the Cardinal was edged by Miami 4-3 in the NCAA championship match played in Gainesville, Fla. It also ends Stanford's dominating NCAA women's tennis record dual-match winning streak at 89.

'We knew Georgia Tech was really good and that they'd come out swinging,' said Stanford head coach Lele Forood, whose career record is now 171-4.'They let us know that right away in doubles. It was a great match.'Stanford (3-1), which has claimed three straight NCAA championships and five of the last six overall, suffered its first loss at the National Team Indoors since 2003. Saturday's match represents the first team loss any current member of the Cardinal squad has experienced in their career.

Georgia Tech opened the match by winning the doubles point, signaling the first time Stanford dropped the doubles point since Feb. 19, 2006 in a 5-2 victory at No. 4 USC.

Stanford's team of Lindsay Burdette and Jessica Nguyen picked up an 8-5 victory at No. 2 doubles before Georgia Tech's tandem of Kristi Miller and Whitney McCray evened it up following an 8-5 win at the No. 1 spot.

The clincher came at the No. 3 position, as Georgia Tech's Kirsten Flower and Amanda Craddock locked up a 9-7 triumph.

No. 25 Flower's 6-3, 6-3 win over Anne Yelsey at No. 2 singles extended Georgia Tech's lead to 2-0.

That's when the Cardinal stormed back, picking up singles wins at Nos. 3, 4 and 1 to take a 3-2 match lead.

No. 13 Celia Durkin downed No. 95 Christy Striplin 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3 singles, followed by a 6-0, 6-2 rout at No. 1 singles as No. 89 Theresa Logar simply overwhelmed No. 15 Miller.

The Cardinal took a 3-2 match advantage after No. 8 Jessica Nguyen bested No. 82 Alison Silverio 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4.

Then came the Yellow Jackets' rally. Craddock, ranked No. 64, recovered from a 6-4 defeat in the first set to post back-to-back 6-2 victories and knot the match at 3-3.

Meanwhile, Rudman won her first set 6-2 at the No. 5 position, only to see Deason mount a comeback and take the second frame 7-5. Rudman rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the deciding third set to register a 6-4 win and secure the upset.

'Coming in we really believed we could do this,' Georgia Tech head coach Bryan Shelton said. 'I have to give a lot of credit to Tarryn Rudman who was able gather herself (in the third set) and handle the pressure. I think that was the difference tonight, we handled the pressure a little better than Stanford did. But I have to give Stanford a lot of credit - they are a class act even in defeat.'

Stanford, which opened the tournament with a pair of 6-1 victories over No. 17 Vanderbilt and No. 11 California, returns to the court on Feb. 8. The Cardinal hosts Sacramento State in a 1:30 p.m. match.

No. 6 Georgia Tech 4, No. 1 Stanford 3

1) Miller/McCray (GT) d. Durkin/Yelsey (STAN) 8-6
2) Burdette/Nguyen (STAN) d. Silverio/Rudman (GT) 8-5
*3) Flower/Craddock (GT) d. Deason/Logar (STAN) 9-7
Georgia Tech wins doubles point; leads match 1-0
* clinched win

1) No. 89 Theresa Logar (STAN) d. No. 15 Kristi Miller (GT) 6-0, 6-2
2) No. 25 Kirsten Flower (GT) d. Anne Yelsey (STAN) 6-3, 6-3
3) No. 13 Celia Durkin (STAN) d. No. 95 Christy Striplin (GT) 6-1, 6-4
4) No. 8 Jessica Nguyen (STAN) d. No. 82 Alison Silverio (GT) 6-4, 6-3
* 5) Tarryn Rudman (GT) d. Whitney Deason (STAN) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
6) Lejla Hodzic (STAN) d. No. 64 Amanda Craddock (GT) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 Order of finish: 2, 3, 4, 1, 5, 6
* clinched win

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