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Stanford's Erin Burdette and Lauren Barnikow Named ITA National Doubles Team of the Year

June 11, 2004 11:31 AM
Erin Burdette
After finishing the season as the top doubles team in the nation, Stanford University's Erin Burdette, of Jackson, GA, and Lauren Barnikow were named the 2004 ITA National Women's Doubles Team of the Year.

Burdette and Barnikow went 32-3 this season and finished with the top spot in the ITA Rankings, 16.94 points ahead of the Aleke Tsoubanos and Kelly Schmandt of Vanderbilt University. The 16.94 point differential is the second largest margin between the top two spots in the final rankings since 1984.

The duo held the top ranking in eight of 10 rankings this season, and they earned Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year honors for the second-straight season. Barnikow is a senior from Woodbridge, NJ while Burdette is a junior.

In April she and partner Alice Barnes won the PAC-10 Doubles Tournament in Ojai, CA. At the same event Burdette advanced to the quarterfinals in the singles competetion. At the NCAA Division I Championships in May, Burdette lost in the round of 64 in singles and, as the tournament's top doubles seed, she and Barnikow were upset in the round of 32 by Amy Wei and Megan Muth of the College of William & Mary.

As a freshman she was an ITA Singles All-American, winning her first four matches at the NCAA Singles Championships before falling to Wake Forest's Bea Bielik in the semis. She finished her first year of collegiate tennis with 43-7 overall record, including a sparkling 25-1 mark in dual match competition.

As a sophomore, she garnered All-America accolades, earned Second-Team All-Pac-10 honors and was named the conference Doubles Team of the Year. She also advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Doubles championships.

Before attending Stanford, Burdette was a highly accomplished junior player, reaching No. 10 in the USTA Girls' 18 national singles rankings. She and Barnikow won the 2000 Easter Bowl doubles championhip and reached the finals of the 2000 Australian Junior Open. In singles play, Burdette was the winner of a USTA Satellite event in El Paso, TX.

Rice's Richard and William Barker were named the 2004 ITA National Men's Doubles Team of the Year

The ITA National Doubles Team of the Year award goes annually to the team that has had the most outstanding year, as determined by the ITA. Both teams will be honored at the ITA All-Star Outing and Awards Luncheon, presented by the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, on August 27 in New York, along with the ITA National Players of the Year, the Arthur Ashe/ITA Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winners (for Division I) and several of the top-ranked collegiate players from all ITA divisions in the ITA Rankings.




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