Three-Match, Four-Day Stretch Awaits No. 2 Stanford
Feb. 18, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- A busy week awaits Stanford, which opens a five-game road swing this week with three matches in a four-day span to open Pac-10 competition.
The Cardinal (4-1) clashes with rival California on Wednesday afternoon in Berkeley before traveling to the Pacific Northwest for matches at Washington (Friday, Feb. 22 at 12 p.m.) and Washington State (Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m.).
The next edition of the national team and individual rankings will be released on Wednesday morning. As of today, Stanford is ranked No. 2 in the nation. California (3-2) checks in at No. 9 while Washington (8-1) holds down the No. 48 spot and Washington State (7-1) sits at No. 46.
Looking ahead, the Cardinal continues its road stretch next week with matches at UCLA and USC.
Stanford is coming off a 6-1 victory over No. 50 Saint Mary's in its most recent match, sweeping all three doubles matches and notching five straight-set singles victories despite using a shuffled lineup. With the win over the Gaels, head coach Lele Forood is now four victories shy of 200 for her career. The triumph was also Stanford's 98th consecutive home win.
Junior Jessica Nguyen continues to lead the Cardinal in singles victories with a 13-6 mark. Freshman Carolyn McVeigh (12-4) and senior Whitney Deason (11-6) are also in double-figures for overall singles wins. Senior Celia Durkin is 8-4 overall but remains undefeated in dual-match play with a team-best 4-0 mark.
In doubles play, the team of Deason and Nguyen has emerged as the top duo. Deason and Nguyen are 9-0 overall and 5-0 in dual match play, crafting a 4-0 mark at the No. 2 spot. Freshman Hilary Barte and sophomore Lindsay Burdette are 4-2 overall, playing all of their matches at the No. 1 spot. Durkin and McVeigh have formed the third doubles team, posting a 4-2 mark.