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Burdette Clinches NCAA Women's Tennis Title for Stanford; Captures Doubles Title for Herself

May 23, 2005 10:01 AM

On May 22, the Stanford Cardinal dominated the Texas Longhorns 4-0 in the finals of the Team Championship match of the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, GA. The title is Stanford's second in a row, fourth in the last five years and 14th overall. The win also completed Stanford's (27-0) ninth perfect season and marked its 56th straight victory.

Erin Burdette
In the final, top-seeded Stanford won the doubles point and got quick wins in singles from Theresa Logar, Amber Liu and Erin Burdette. Burdette beat Kendra Strohm 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3 singles to clinch the match. It was the unprecedented 3rd time in Burdette's career that she put away the clinching match in the finals of the team championship; she won the clinching points for Stanford in both the 2002 and 2004 finals.

Logar beat Katie Ruckert at No. 4 singles 6-1, 6-4 to put the Cardinals ahead 2-0. Liu topped Petra Dizdar at No. 1 6-3, 6-3 to push the lead to 3-0 and set the stage for Burdette.

"We like to think we're pretty tough when we get to a final," Stanford coach Lele Forood said. "We started out well in doubles and it propelled us. We just came out and went after them."

Erin Burdette (right) and Alice Barnes of Cambridge, England celebrate victory in NCAA doubles final.
Following the Team Championships Burdette teamed with Alice Barnes on May 28 to win the NCAA Division I doubles crown. The duo defeated the first seeded Georgia Bulldog team of Shadisha Robinson and Caroline Basu on their home courts in the second round and sealed the deal by defeating their Stanford teammates Amber Liu and Ann Yelsey in the finals 6-3, 6-4.

Stanford junior Alice Barnes was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament for the second straight year. She was 2-0 this week at No. 2 singles and 3-0 at No. 2 doubles (with Burdette).

At No. 11, Texas (25-6) was the lowest seed to reach the NCAA women's tennis final since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1999. The Longhorns upset No. 6 Georgia Tech, No. 3 Kentucky and No. 2 Florida en route to its first final since 1995. Texas was making its fourth final appearance and looking for the program's third national title under coach Jeff Moore. These schools also met in the 1993 final, a 5-2 Texas win.

"Our players are thrilled with the run they had," said Texas' Moore. "In each of the last three rounds they reached a new level. We just ran into a Stanford team that was significantly better today."

The Stanford women's tennis dynasty has been one of the most dominating in all of collegiate athletics. The Cardinal has appeared in 19 of the 24 NCAA finals (and the last seven in a row). The program has also won 197 of its last 203 matches over the past seven years and is 138-3 in Forood's five seasons as head coach. Stanford is also sending seven players into tomorrow's NCAA singles championships, the most since UCLA also qualified seven for the first NCAAs in 1982.

Stanford's 14 national titles are 10 more than any other women's tennis program. Florida's four championships are next best.

During Burdette’s career the Stanford team amassed a dual match record of 106 wins versus only 3 losses. This run included 3 NCAA Division I team championships and one 2nd place finish in 2003. Erin’s personal dual match career record was 86 wins and 13 losses with over half the losses coming as a senior where she fought a shoulder injury most of the year. Burdette earned All-American status all 4 years and was team captain the last 2 years.

The win will also make Stanford the first team to appear at No. 1 in every Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Ranking during the course of the season since the Cardinal did in 2001.

Though no longer guaranteed, the winners of the NCAA Division I individual tournaments generally get a wild card into the main draw of the U. S. Open.

2005 NCAA All-Tournament Team
Doubles
No. 1 Amber Liu/Anne Yelsey, Stanford
No. 2 Alice Barnes/Erin Burdette, Stanford
No. 3 Whitney Deason/Theresa Logar, Stanford
Singles
No. 1 Julie Coin, Clemson
No. 2 Alice Barnes, Stanford
No. 3 Caroline Basu, Georgia
No. 4 Theresa Logar, Stanford
No. 5 Carine Vermeulen, Southern California
No. 6 Anne Yelsey, Stanford
Most Outstanding Player: Alice Barnes, Stanford

 

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