Postseason Primer: No. 4 Stanford Hosts Boston University In NCAA First Round
May 5, 2008
2008 NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND
No. 4 Stanford Cardinal (19-4, 7-1 Pac-10)
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Boston University Terriers (11-7, 2-0 America East)
The First Serve
No. 4 Stanford (19-4, 7-1 Pac-10) will be making its 27th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance when first round competition gets underway at campus sites this weekend. The Cardinal has been tabbed as the No. 4 overall seed in this year's draw, and as a result Taube Family Tennis Stadium will serve as one of 16 host sites for first and second round action. Stanford hosts unranked Boston University (11-7, 2-0 Ameria East) in the opening round on Friday, May 9, in a 1 p.m. match. The other first round contest pits No. 31 Texas A&M (16-8, 9-2 Big 12) against No. 38 Washington (12-9, 2-6 Pac-10) at 10 a.m. Friday's winners will meet on Saturday, May 10, in a second round match at 12 p.m.
First/Second Round Ticket Information
Ticket prices for two-day reserved tickets are as follows: $12 (includes all three matches), $10 (adult/general admission) and $5 (student/child/senior general admission). Single-day tickets are priced as follows: $8 (reserved), $6 (adult/general admission) and $4 (student/child/senior general admission). Students must show a valid school ID.
Road Map To Tulsa
The 16 teams advancing out of the opening weekend square off at the NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Okla., starting Thursday, May 15. The national championship match is set for Tuesday, May 20. Potential round of 16 opponents include: No. 13 Clemson, No. 19 Michigan, Winthrop or Furman.
Scouting Boston University
Boston University (11-7, 2-0 America East) qualified for the NCAA Tournament field after securing its 15th straight America East title. The Terriers are making their 10th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and currently sport a season-best four-match win streak.
Stanford All-Time In NCAA Tournament
Stanford owns a 104-12 record in the postseason since the NCAA Tournament went to its present format in 1982. During that time, Stanford has won 15 of 26 possible NCAA team titles, including five of the last seven seasons. The Cardinal has won 22 of its last 23 NCAA Tournament matches, suffering its first postseason defeat in four years after falling 4-2 to UCLA in the 2007 semifinals at Athens, Ga.
Stanford Against the NCAA Tournament Field
Stanford owns a 13-4 record against NCAA Tournament teams (1-1 vs. Arizona State, 1-0 vs. Sacramento State, 1-1 vs. California, 1-0 vs. Washington State, 1-0 vs. William & Mary, 1-0 vs. Washington, 1-0 vs. Baylor, 1-0 vs. Miami, 0-1 vs. Georgia Tech, 1-0 vs. UNLV, 1-0 vs. Pepperdine, 2-0 vs. USC and 1-1 vs. UCLA. Additionally, Stanford and Fresno State were scheduled to match up in the season opener back in January but the match was cancelled due to rain.
Cardinal Well-Represented In NCAA Singles, Doubles
No. 4 Stanford will be represented by three different student-athletes in the NCAA Championship singles and doubles draw, as two singles participants and one doubles team have been selected to the main field. Freshman Hilary Barte has earned a No. 1-8 seed in the draw while junior Jessica Nguyen has been tabbed a No. 9-16 seed. Senior Celia Durkin was named one of eight alternates for singles. In doubles, Stanford's top team of Barte and sophomore Lindsay Burdette earned an at-large invite to the field.
Barte, Yen Lead Charge At Pac-10 Championships
Freshmen Hilary Barte and Jennifer Yen advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif. After a pair of straight-set victories, Barte dropped her first match since Feb. 20 when she trailed California's Claire Ilcinkas 5-4 and was forced to retire due to injury. In the invitational division, Yen dropped a 6-1 decision to UCLA's Alex McGoodwin 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Both doubles teams (Whitney Deason/Jessica Nguyen and Lejla Hodzic/Jennifer Yen) recorded a victory in the round of 16 before suffering a loss in the quarterfinals.
A 1-0 Lead Certainly Helps
Stanford has captured the doubles point in 18 of its 23 matches so far this year, translating into a quick 1-0 lead. That includes 10 doubles sweeps, the last coming on Apr. 15 against UC Davis. Not that Stanford has experienced trouble playing from behind- the Cardinal rallied for match wins on two occasions (Mar. 26 at Pepperdine and Apr. 5 vs. UCLA) when its opponent controlled the doubles point.
Home Sweet Home
Stanford closed out the regular season home schedule with a perfect 11-0 record, extending its winning streak to 106 in such matches. Throw in a 26-0 record in NCAA Tournament matches played at Taube Family Tennis Stadium and Stanford has not been defeated in the last 132 contests played on its home court. Stanford's last loss at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium occurred on Feb. 27, 1999, when No. 4 California pulled a 5-4 upset.
Barte Leaving Her Mark...
Freshman Hilary Barte has enjoyed an impressive rookie season for the Cardinal. The Chatsworth, Calif., native enters the postseason 27-6 overall and 20-3 in dual match competition. Barte is bidding to become the first freshman in school history to win at least 30 overall matches and 20 duals since 2004 when Theresa Logar posted a 38-4 overall mark and was 27-0 in dual match action. Furthermore, Barte needs just three more wins at the No. 1 position to become the first player in school history to finish undefeated at that spot while playing in at least 20 matches.
...But Other Freshmen Have Contributed Also
In addition to Barte, rookies Carolyn McVeigh and Jennifer Yen have done a solid job in anchoring the bottom two spots of the lineup. McVeigh (27-9 overall, 16-5 dual) has been nationally-ranked throughout much of the year. Her 27 singles wins tie Hilary Barte for the club lead. Yen (17-9 overall, 9-3 dual) has proven to be a worthy fill-in when needed, chalking up a 7-3 record at the No. 6 slot. She has also fashioned a 5-2 mark in three-set matches.