Back At No. 1, Women's Tennis Prepares For Busy Week
March 27, 2007
Wednesday, Mar. 28 - 1:30 p.m. - Las Vegas, Nev.
Friday, Mar. 30 - 1:30 p.m. - Stanford, Calif.
Saturday, Mar. 31 - 12 p.m. - Stanford, Calif.
STANFORD, Calif.- Thanks to a nine-match winning streak that includes four victories over top-20 squads, Stanford holds down the No. 1 spot in this week's national rankings for the first time in a month.
The Cardinal, 12-1 overall and 1-0 in Pac-10 competition, begins a busy week that features a road match against UNLV before home contests against the Arizona schools during the Stanford Spring Smash (presented by Zoom Marketing).
Stanford will carry a No. 1 ranking into all three of those matches, edging out Notre Dame and Florida for the nation's top spot in the ITA poll. Despite its lengthy winning streak, the Cardinal had not been ranked No. 1 since Feb. 27.
Rounding out the top-10 are: No. 4 USC, No. 5 Georgia (ranked No. 1 last week), No. 6 California, No. 7 Georgia Tech (Stanford's only loss of the year), No. 8 Clemson, No. 9 Miami and No. 10 Northwestern.
Playing its first road match since a 6-1 triumph at Arizona back on Feb. 24, Stanford squares off against No. 56 UNLV (14-3, 3-0 Mountain West) on Wednesday, Mar. 28, in Las Vegas at 1:30 p.m. The Lady Rebels are off to their best start since opening the 2003 campaign with a 15-3 mark. UNLV has recorded nine shutout wins this year, including a 7-0 rout of Air Force in its most recent action.
Wednesday's match against UNLV represents the final non-conference match of the year for the Cardinal, who face seven Pac-10 opponents to close out the regular season schedule.
Two of those conference foes, No. 42 Arizona and No. 19 Arizona State, visit the Taube Tennis Center this weekend as part of the annual Stanford Spring Smash (presented by Zoom Marketing). Stanford hosts Arizona on Friday, Mar. 30 at 1:30 p.m. before welcoming Arizona State to town on Saturday, Mar. 31 at noon.
Arizona (8-8, 2-0 Pac-10) has dropped three of its last four matches, including a 6-1 defeat at home to Arizona State last weekend. The Wildcats dropped a 6-1 decision to Stanford when the teams met up in Tucson last month.
Arizona State (9-6, 2-0 Pac-10) is tied for first place in the Pac-10 standings with three other clubs that sport an early 2-0 record. The Sun Devils, who battle California on Friday afternoon in Berkeley, have been ranked among the top-25 for much of the year. Arizona State has dropped three of its last five matches, although the three losses were all on the road and came at the hands of Duke, USC and UCLA.
Earlier this year in Tempe, Stanford clipped Arizona State 4-3.
Despite a steady rain on Monday that forced a postponement of the men's tennis match between Stanford and Santa Clara, this weekend's temperatures are expected to be in the low-70s with partly cloudy skies.
Freshman Lindsay Burdette, one of six players ranked among the nation's top-75, continues to lead the Cardinal with an 18-2 overall record that includes an 11-match winning streak. Senior Theresa Logar and junior Whitney Deason lead the club with 11 dual match wins apiece. Logar is 17-6 overall and 11-2 in dual match action, playing all of her matches at the No. 1 position in the linuep. Deason is 16-6 overall and 11-2 in duals while owning a seven-match win streak.
Two doubles teams are ranked. The tandem of junior Celia Durkin and sophomore Jessica Nguyen is ranked No. 21 while Burdette and senior Anne Yelsey hold a No. 34 ranking. Stanford's No. 3 doubles team of Deason and Logar actually own the best doubles mark at 9-4.
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