No. 4 Stanford Overwhelms No. 13 Clemson 4-0 In NCAA Round of 16
May 15, 2008
TULSA, Okla. About the only obstacle slowing No. 4 Stanford on Thursday afternoon was a brief rain delay during doubles.
Unfortunately for No. 13 Clemson, the wet weather eventually disappeared and two hours later the Cardinal had registered a convincing 4-0 shutout to advance to Saturday's NCAA quarterfinal round against No. 5 Baylor.
Playing in the round of 16 for the 23rd straight season, Stanford (22-4, 7-1 Pac-10) appeared to be in regular postseason form. The Cardinal, which has now won 25 of its last 26 NCAA Tournament matches, has won nine in a row and 16 of its last 17 contests overall since the calendar flipped to March.
That turned out to be bad news for the Tigers (17-10, 8-3 ACC), who had been as hot as anyone in the country down the stretch with a 12-match winning streak.
Despite the local 9 a.m. start time, Stanford looked comfortable from the start, easily capturing the doubles point before collecting three singles match victories.
'I'm extremely excited with our performance today,' said head coach Lele Forood, who is now an incredible 214-9 overall in eight seasons on The Farm. 'Clemson was a tough opponent near the end of the year. We got off to a good start in doubles. We carried that momentum into singles, some of the matches started to seesaw a bit, but we were able to pull out three points.'
Aside from a brief rain delay at the start of doubles, Stanford cruised to a 1-0 lead. After prevailing in a clinching match last weekend against No. 31 Texas A&M that took 1:40 to complete, the No. 3 team of Celia Durkin and Carolyn McVeigh was off the court first on Thursday with an 8-3 win. The No. 2 duo of Whitney Deason and Jessica Nguyen followed with an 8-0 shutout to clinch the point. Stanford's No. 1 squad of Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette had crafted a 5-2 lead before the match was suspended.
In singles play, McVeigh put Stanford up 2-0 when she took down Clemson's Laurianne Henry 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 6 spot. The only Cardinal player to finish and win all three NCAA Tournament matches so far, McVeigh improved to 28-10 on the year and 19-6 in dual match action.
The highly-anticipated duel at the No. 1 spot between Barte (ranked No. 3 nationally) and Clemson's Ani Mijacika (ranked No. 2 nationally) turned out to be a ho-hum victory for the Cardinal freshman. The 5-5 lefty Barte simply overwhelmed the 5-10 Mijacika, winning 6-3, 6-1 to improve to a team-best 29-6 overall on the year.
Barte is now unbeaten in 19 matches at the No. 1 spot since taking over that position back on Feb. 22. She has won 21 of her last 22 matches during that same stretch.
The clincher came on court four, where Burdette racked up a 7-5, 6-1 win over Ina Hadziselimovic. Burdette improves to 22-14 overall and 16-8 in duals.
Clemson had already taken the first set on courts three and five, while Nguyen was leading through one on court two.
Next up for Stanford is a rematch with No. 5 Baylor on Saturday, May 17. Match time is slated for 9 a.m. PT. The Cardinal defeated the Lady Bears 4-2 back in February at the National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis.
No. 4 Stanford 4, No. 13 Clemson 0
1) No. 9 Barte/Burdette (STAN) led Mijacika/Salge (CLEM) 5-2, susp.
2) No. 49 Deason/Nguyen (STAN) d. Balda/van Adrichem (CLEM) 8-0
3) Durkin/McVeigh (STAN) d. Hadziselimovic/Luc (CLEM) 8-3Order of Finish: 3, 2
1) No. 3 Hilary Barte (STAN) d. No. 2 Ani Mijacika (CLEM) 6-3, 6-1
2) No. 13 Jessica Nguyen (STAN) led No. 113 Estefana Balda (CLEM) 6-1, 5-4, susp.
3) No. 59 Carol Salge (CLEM) led No. 65 Celia Durkin (STAN) 7-5, 1-3, susp.
4) No. 66 Lindsay Burdette (STAN) d. Ina Hadziselimovic (CLEM) 7-5, 6-1
5) Federica van Adrichem (CLEM) led No. 68 Whitney Deason (STAN) 6-2, 3-5
6) No. 95 Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) d. No. 115 Laurianne Henry (CLEM) 6-3, 6-4Order of Finish: 1, 4, 6