Men's, Women's Tennis Squads Enter Week At 4-0 Overall
Feb. 8, 2010
STANFORD, Calif.- The Stanford tennis teams enter the week with identical 4-0 marks, and both will be back in action later this week.
However, their schedules shape up differently, with the men geared up for tournament play at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships and the women playing the first of three homes matches before opening Pac-10 play in Los Angeles at the end of the month.
No. 9 Stanford focuses its attention on tournament play, squaring off against No. 8 Texas on Friday morning at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va. The Cardinal reached the round of 16 after defeating No. 57 UNC Wilmington and No. 45 Oklahoma two weeks ago during ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
Of the 15 No.1 seeds participating in the second-annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend competition, 13 advanced to this weekend's National Team Indoor Championships. Alabama, Baylor, Florida, Fresno State, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA and USC will join host and two-time defending champion Virginia.
Seeded No. 11 in last year's tourney, Stanford knocked off No. 7 Florida and No. 2 Texas before falling 4-2 to No. 3 Georgia in the 2009 semifinals.
Five consecutive home matches- including California, UCLA and USC- await Stanford following this week's tournament.
Bradley Klahn is riding a nine-match winning streak dating back to Nov. 6, pacing the Cardinal with an 18-2 overall record and 4-0 mark in duals.
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No. 14 Stanford kicks off a stretch that includes three straight home matches, beginning with Thursday's contest against No. 59 Sacramento State.
Playing any match on The Farm has been a welcomed sight for Stanford, which extended its home winning streak at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium to an unthinkable 153 in a row (123 in the regular season) following a 7-0 shutout of UC Davis back on Feb. 2.
That's the longest active home winning streak of any intercollegiate sport in NCAA Division I athletics. The last time the Cardinal lost a home match was back on Feb. 27, 1999, when No. 4 California pulled a 5-4 upset.
Stanford should be playing with confidence anyway, fresh off a road trip sweep of No. 24 TCU and No. 27 Texas over the weekend. The Cardinal turned away TCU 6-1, then dispatched of the Longhorns 5-2 the following afternoon.
Through four matches, the Cardinal has received strong doubles play. The nation's No. 2 duo of Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette has won 16 consecutive matches, sitting at 17-1 overall and 5-0 in duals.