It's No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 California Fighting For Pac-10 Title

April 17, 2008

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STANFORD, Calif.- No. 4 Stanford (18-4, 6-1 Pac-10) hosts No. 6 California (15-4, 6-1 Pac-10) on Saturday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium with the winner earning at least a share of the conference title.

Stanford, California and UCLA are all currently tied for first place in the conference standings. The Golden Bears host Sacramento State on Friday afternoon in a non-conference match before facing the Cardinal. Also on Friday, UCLA hosts USC (17-6, 5-2 Pac-10). If USC defeats UCLA, the winner of the Stanford/California match will claim the title outright. The Cardinal has won 21 straight conference titles dating back to 1988.

Stanford defeated both UCLA and USC by identical 4-3 margins two weeks ago in Pac-10 counting matches and while the Golden Bears stunned the Cardinal 6-1 in Berkeley back on Feb. 20, that match did not count in the conference standings.

Saturday's match will count though, and here are a few other reasons to catch the regular season finale for both teams:

  • It's Senior Day. Saturday's match will also serve as Senior Day for Whitney Deason, Celia Durkin and Lejla Hodzic. During their time on The Farm, this trio has captured two NCAA team championships (2005, 2006) while posting a 98-6 overall record in dual match competition. Fans are encouraged to arrive as early as 11:15 a.m. for the senior ceremony that will take place prior to the start of doubles competition.

  • Will the home court dominance continue? With a 7-0 shutout over UC Davis on Thursday, Stanford extended its regular season dual match home winning streak to 105. Throw in a 26-0 record in NCAA Tournament matches and the Cardinal has not been defeated in the last 131 contests played on its home court. Stanford's last home loss occurred on Feb. 27, 1999, when No. 4 California pulled a 5-4 upset.

  • Check out the freshmen. Hilary Barte, Carolyn McVeigh and Jennifer Yen have all played pivotal roles for the Cardinal this year. Ranked No. 7 nationally, Barte owns a 24-5 overall record and is 19-3 in dual match play. She has not lost since Feb. 20, winning 16 matches in a row all at the No. 1 position. McVeigh, ranked No. 78 in the country, is 25-8 overall and 16-5 in dual match action. McVeigh is 10-1 at the No. 5 spot and sports a 12-3 mark in home matches. Yen is 16-8 overall and 9-3 in duals, filling in as a valuable option at the bottom two spots in the lineup.

    Stanford travels to Ojai, Calif., next weekend for the Pac-10 Championships. NCAA Tournament first and second round competition is scheduled for May 9-10 at select campus sites. The final 16 teams advance to Tulsa, Okla., the following week for the NCAA Championships.

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