No. 2 Cardinal Opens Play At Freeman Memorial Championships

Jan. 10, 2008

STANFORD, Calif.- The No. 2 Stanford women's tennis team returns to the court this weekend with an appearance at the sixth annual Freeman Memorial Women's Tennis Championships in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Cardinal will be represented by six entrants in the draw: seniors Whitney Deason, Celia Durkin and Lejla Hodzic, junior Jessica Nguyen, and freshmen Hilary Barte and Jennifer Yen.

Friday's opening round singles matches include the following:

  • Whitney Deason vs. No. 93 Kelcy McKenna (Arizona State)
  • Celia Durkin vs. Katy Williams (UNLV)
  • Lejla Hodzic vs. Ashlee Brown (Arizona State)
  • No. 21 Jessica Nguyen vs. Laura Reichart (North Carolina)
  • Hilary Barte vs. No. 72 Austin Smith (North Carolina)
  • Jennifer Yen vs. Adrienn Hidvegi (UNLV)

    All individual competitors come from teams ranked in the nation's top 50: No. 1 Georgia Tech, No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Florida, No. 8 USC, No. 12 North Carolina, No. 19 Arizona State and No. 45 Oregon.

    Weather permitting, action begins at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and the finals are scheduled for Sunday, with times to be determined. The event features two flights each of both singles and doubles along with consolation rounds.

    No less than 13 ranked individuals, including nine in this week's national top 50, are scheduled to compete in singles. Third-ranked Amanda McDowell and seventh-ranked Kristi Miller of Georgia Tech lead the singles field while Arizona State's 11th-ranked duo of Laila Abdala and Nadia Abdala top the doubles group.

    Last year's event was severely limited by unusually frigid Las Vegas temperatures and no champions were crowned after completing just one round each of singles and doubles.

    Meanwhile, Stanford is represented with three individuals in the first edition of the national singles rankings, which was released earlier in the week. Nguyen checks in at No. 21, following a fall season that saw her post a 10-3 record and capture the singles title at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships.

    Sophomore Lindsay Burdette is ranked No. 39 after finishing the fall at 5-4 overall. Freshman Carolyn McVeigh went 6-2 in the fall season and is ranked No. 58.

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