Stanford 4, Texas
Stanford 4, Texas 0May 22, 2005
Athens, Ga. - For the third time in the last four years, Stanford senior Erin Burdette has ensured that the Cardinal won the NCAA Championship. For the second-year in a row, the Jackson, Ga.-native helped the Cardinal win the title at the University of Georgia - just 85 miles away from her hometown. The three-time All-American struggled earlier in the week, dropping her matches in the quarters and the semifinals, but today, she capped her career with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Kendra Strohm on court three to give Stanford a 4-0 victory and the 14th NCAA Championship in school history.
Stanford (27-0) finished the 2005 campaign with its 12th shutout of the year en route to the ninth undefeated season in school history. Fifth-year head coach Lele Forood is now 29-1 in NCAA Tournament duals, with four team titles and one runner-up finish.
The top-seeded Stanford defeated 11th-seeded Texas (25-6), 4-0, in this afternoon's final at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The Cardinal finished off the Longhorns in two hours and 20 minutes, the quickest match time of the NCAA Championship in Athens.
Stanford stared the day with a win in doubles, as Amber Liu and Anne Yelsey, the No. 36 doubles duo in the nation, finished first, scoring an 8-1 win over 28th-ranked Katie Ruckert and Kendra Strohm on court one. Then it was a race to clinch the doubles point, as Alice Barnes and Burdette owned a 7-2 lead on court two, while Whitney Deason and Theresa Logar held a 7-5 advantage on court three. With both squads were at match point, Logar fired off an ace to clinch the doubles point in the eighth-straight match for Stanford.
In singles, the Cardinal took the first set on all six courts, but Logar kept her doubles momentum going, taking a 6-1, 6-4 victory on court four to put the Cardinal up 2-0. Liu finished second with a 6-3, 6-3 win, while Barnes held a 6-2, 5-4 advantage on court two, Deason was ahead 6-3, 5-1 on court five and Yelsey was leading 6-2, 4-1 on court six. But it was Burdette who struck first, clinching the Cardinal victory by winning 10 of her last 12 games against Strohm.
Stanford continued its success as the All-Tournament Team was named, as Stanford players were honored across the board in doubles (No. 1 - Liu and Barnes; No. 2 - Barnes and Burdette; No. 3 - Deason and Logar) and in four of the six singles spots (No. 2 - Barnes; No. 4 - Logar; No. 5 - Deason; No. 6 - Yelsey). Additionally, Barnes was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament.
Stanford will continue at the NCAA Championships, as Barnes, Burdette, Deason, Lejla Hodzic, Lio, Logar and Yelsey begin play in the NCAA Singles Championship tomorrow.
NCAA DI Women's Tennis Championships
May 22, 2005
Championship Final Agate:
#1 Stanford 4, #11 Texas 0
1. Amber Liu and Anne Yelsey-36 (STAN) def. Katie Ruckert and Kendra Strohm-28 (UT), 8-1
2. Alice Barnes and Erin Burdette-8 (STAN) vs. Petra Dizdar and Mia Marovic (UT), 7-2
3. Whitney Deason and Theresa Logar (STAN) def. Kelly Baritot and Courtney Zauft (UT), 8-5
Stanford wins doubles point
1. Amber Liu-7 (STAN) def. Petra Dizdar-54 (UT), 6-3, 6-3
2. Alice Barnes-20 (STAN) vs. Mia Marovic-92 (UT), 6-2, 5-4, susp.
3. Erin Burdette-25 (STAN) def. Kendra Strohm-84 (UT), 6-4, 6-1
4. Theresa Logar-32 (STAN) def. Katie Ruckert (UT), 6-1, 6-4
5. Whitney Deason-36 (STAN) vs. Courtney Zauft (UT), 6-3, 5-1, susp.
6. Anne Yelsey-61 (STAN) vs. Ristine Olson (UT), 6-2, 4-1, susp.
Championship Final Post-Match Quotes
Stanford 4, Texas 0
Stanford Head Coach Lele Forood
We like to think were pretty tough when we get to the finals. Were very mentally tough.
I thought today started well and we were propelled by the momentum of our doubles success.
There isnt one reason for the streak; every year is different. The teams are different and the situation is different. I dont play the matches, I just coach so Id also have to say that its got a lot to do with having some pretty good teams.
I think from the looks of the scoreboard that all our girls wanted to be the finisher today.
Stanfords Erin Burdette
No matter how many championships you win, its always great to come out on top. I would have to say that the excitement I feel after the last point is one of my best memories in collegiate tennis.
Stanfords Amber Liu
As far as the streak goes I dont think any girl on the team can tell you the exact number of games weve won in a row. Nobody really thinks about it that much. I think the streak and the [Stanford tradition] just gives every player on the team a winning attitude.
We have a team of six girls who could play No.1 or close to it at any other school.
Stanfords Anne Yelsey
Each position here, Nos. 1-6, is solid. Its great to play with such great players and such great girls. Even though were on a streak right now, each match is different.
Texas Head Coach Jeff Moore
Our players are thrilled with the run. With each round of this tournament we reached a new level. Today we simply ran into a Stanford team that was better, at least today.
I think this run has helped give us something to shoot for over the summer. Now we can go back and say, We need to get back to the final and get a different result.
The doubles point is always bigger in the finals because fatigue is such a factor. It is also a nice momentum builder.
Texas Petra Dizdar
Im the type of person that Im really bummed right now that we lost. I was exctied about the tournament though, and it was a great run for our team and myself.
Today was tough. I felt like my mind was fighting but my body was not cooperating.
Coming in I hadnt played against (Stanford), and so I came in thinking this is just like any other team weve played. I would say the main difference though is that they have six girls who are all at about the same level and always giving their best. I like how they are still eager to win; they just dont get satisfied.
NCAA Championship Post-Match Notes
Stanford captures its 14th national title in the 24-year history of the NCAA Tennis Championship. It was the Cardinal's 19th appearance in the Championship Match.
The Cardinal recorded its ninth perfect season, including the third undefeated campaign in Lele Forood's five years at Stanford.
Lele Forood is 29-1 in NCAA postseason play with 4 titles and one runner-up finish. Her overall record at the helm of the Cardinal is 138-3.
Stanford has won 197 of its last 203 matches over the past seven years. Stanford has won 56-straight matches with two consecutive perfect seasons (29-0 in 2004, 27-0 in 2005). The school record for consecutive victories stands at 76-straight matches from 1988-91.
Texas, the No. 11 seed, is the highest seed to reach the NCAA final since the NCAA field expanded to 64 teams in 1999.
The shutout was Stanford's 12th of the year.
The Cardinal won its six NCAA matches by a combined score of 24-3.
Erin Burdette, a native of Jackson, Ga., clinched the title for Stanford at No. 3 singles for the second straight year.
Match Time: 2:20.
-- Courtesy Georgia