#1 Stanford 4, Harvard 0
#1 Stanford 4, Harvard 0May 19, 2005
Athens, Ga. - Top-seeded Stanford (24-0) took a 4-0 victory over Harvard this morning in the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia. The Cardinal has now won 53-straight matches and 194 of its last 200 duals. Stanford will face Georgia tomorrow morning in the quarterfinals.
Stanford won the doubles point with Amber Liu and Anne Yelsey coming back from a 3-1 deficit to win the first match, 8-3, before Alice Barnes and Erin Burdette worked for the 8-1 win on court two.
In singles, Barnes picked up the first victory after Harvard's Celia Durkin was forced to retire due to injury. Barnes was leading 6-1, 4-0 when Durkin defaulted. Yelsey extended the Cardinal lead to 3-0 when she picked up a 6-3, 6-1 decision over Eva Wang on court six.
Amber Liu clinched the Stanford victory on court one, although Theresa Logar and Whitney Deason were both chasing victories on courts four and six, respectively. Liu, the two-time defending NCAA Singles Champion, posted a 6-2, 6-3 victory to secure the Cardinal victory.
The win today was Stanford's second this season over Harvard and 24th this year. Stanford has won nine-consecutive NCAA Championship matches and 26 of its last 27 postseason duals.
Stanford will play Georgia tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. (ET). The Bulldogs defeated California, 4-2, this morning.
NCAA Championship * Round of 16 Dan Magill Tennis Complex * University of Georgia May 19, 2005 * Athens, Ga.
No. 1 - Amber Liu/Alice Barnes (Stanford) def. Melissa Anderson/Celia Durkin (Harvard), 8-3
No. 2 - Alice Barnes/Erin Burdette (Stanford) def. Courtney Bergman/Elsa O'Riain (Harvard), 8-1
No. 3 - Whitney Deason/Theresa Logar (Stanford) vs. Susanna Lingman/Eva Wang (Harvard), Did Not Finish
Order of Finish: 1, 2
Stanford wins doubles point
No. 1 - Amber Liu (Stanford) def. Susanna Lingman (Harvard), 6-2, 6-3**
No. 2 - Alice Barnes (Stanford) def. Celia Durkin (Harvard), Ret. due to Injury (leading 6-1, 4-0)
No. 3 - Erin Burdette (Stanford) vs. Elsa O'Riain (Harvard), Did Not Finish
No. 4 - Theresa Logar (Stanford) vs. Alexis Martire (Harvard), Did Not Finish
No. 5. - Whitney Deason (Stanford) vs. Preethi Mukundan (Harvard), Did Not Finish
No. 6 - Anne Yelsey (Stanford) def. Evan Wang (Harvard), 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 2, 6, 1
** Clinched Stanford victory
Stanford 4, Harvard 0
Stanford Head Coach Lele Forood
We played Harvard in the first round of the Team Indoor tournament and the score was 5-2, so we knew we had to respect them. Theyve had a great season and theyre a good team.
They were a little hurt by the two players that had to pull out (Courtney Bergman at No. 1 and Whitney Deason at No. 5), but they are a deep team and they have a lot of people that can play well.
Amber (Liu, the winner of the match-clincher) knows Susanna (Lingman) very well, Theyre both Southern California girls. They both like the way the other hits the ball so we knew it was just going to be a toe-to-toe battle from the baseline. Susanna is a very good hitter and she struck the ball wel., Amber was just a little bit better today.
Harvard Head Coach Gordon Graham
When we played (Stanford) in February we beat them at No. 1 doubles and what was today No. 5 and 6 singles. That wasnt happening today. They turned it around. We needed those matches to be in this match. We knew wed have our hands full even if we won those matches.
(on Durkins default at No. 2 singles) Shes been one of our toughest players all spring, but our seasons been very much like this. Weve been missing one or two people all year. You cant expect to beat Stanford when youre missing anybody.
-- Courtesy Stanford