Women's Tennis Ranked No. 5 In Latest National ITA Poll

Jan. 10, 2009

STANFORD, Calif.- The Stanford women's tennis team checks in at No. 5 in the latest edition of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) national rankings.

The Cardinal wrapped up last year at 22-5 overall and 7-1 in Pac-10 play, reaching the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships. The early exit marked an unfamiliar ending for postseason regular Stanford, as the Cardinal was playing in its 27th consecutive NCAA Tournament and had captured five of the last eight national championships.

Stanford figures to be a national title contender again this year, backed by four returning starters that posted at least 20 singles victories last year. Two of those starters, sophomore Hilary Barte and junior Lindsay Burdette, sport national singles rakings of Nos. 26 and 97, respectively.

The 2008 ITA National Rookie of the Year and Pac-10 Rookie of the Year, Barte wrapped up an All-American 2007-08 campaign with a team-best 30-8 overall mark while finishing 22-4 in duals. She became the first freshman in school history to win at least 30 overall matches and 20 duals since Theresa Logar in 2004, and earned a final No. 4 national ranking. Barte registered a 21-6 record against nationally-ranked opponents.

A two-time All-American, Burdette finished 23-14 overall in singles and was 17-8 in dual match play. She concluded the year with a final national ranking of No. 65.

Barte and Burdette also represent Stanford's only ranked doubles team, holding down the No. 41 spot. The duo finished with a final national ranking of No. 9, was awarded an at-large invite to the NCAA Doubles Championship and finished 17-12 overall while playing every dual match at the No. 1 position.

Stanford opens its dual match season on Thursday, Dec. 22, against UC Davis.

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