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Stanford Women's Tennis: A Championship Legacy
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 05/07/2011

May 7, 2011

Stay tuned to's Countdown To The Championships for daily coverage of the 2011 NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships in the form of feature stories, historical profiles, match previews, recaps and other tournament news. One of the nation's finest tennis venues, the Taube Family Tennis Center is playing host to its second combined men's and women's NCAA Tennis Championships, as the tournament's current format was introduced at Stanford in 2006.

In today's edition of Countdown To The Championships, we take an in-depth look at the Stanford women's tennis program. The gold standard in college tennis, the Cardinal has captured 17 team titles (16 NCAA, 1 AIAW).

"I am so excited for the opportunity to host NCAA's on our courts, in front of our dedicated fans and to continue our home winning streak! There is no place I would rather play my last few Stanford tennis matches than at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. The Stanford tennis venue is truly one of the most remarkable in all of college tennis. The sheer size of the stadium, the phenomenal fans that fill it and the surrounding technology are world-class. I look forward to battling for another NCAA title."
Senior Carolyn McVeigh, a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection and regular in Stanford's dual match singles lineup. McVeigh is 18-5 overall and 9-1 in duals this year.

Sunday, May 8: Happy Mother's Day! The relationships we have with our mothers are truly special, and that's no different for members of the Stanford tennis teams.
Monday, May 9: Check back for a breakdown of the first and second round opponents for the Stanford men and women.
Tuesday, May 10: You can put two points on the board every time freshmen Kristie Ahn and Nicole Gibbs take the court. The rookie duo has been automatic.

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2010 National Champions
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Georgia native Mallory Burdette clinched the team's 4-3 victory over Florida, winning at the No. 3 position.
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Hilary Barte teamed with Lindsay Burdette to win the NCAA doubles title.
Head Coach: Lele Forood

Stanford claimed its 16th NCAA championship and first since a dominant three-year title run ended in 2006. After starting the postseason with three straight 4-0 shutouts, Stanford knocked off No. 1 Baylor and No. 6 Notre Dame before posting a 4-3 win over No. 3 Florida in the championship in Athens, Ga. The Cardinal (26-1, 8-0 Pac-10) also won the conference outright, reclaiming the Pac-10 title it failed to win in 2009, after a 21-year title run. Stanford extended its dual match home winning streak to 164 in a row -- the longest active home winning streak of any intercollegiate sport in NCAA Division I athletics. Meanwhile, Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette teamed up to win the NCAA doubles crown, bringing home Stanford's 13th collegiate doubles title and first since 2005.


2006 National Champions
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Anne Yelsey served up three All-America awards from 2005-07, winning two national team titles.
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Celia Durkin earned All-America honors twice in her career, starting in 2006.
Head Coach: Lele Forood

Stanford, appearing in the title match for the 20th time in the 25-year history of the championship, captured the crown with a 4-1 victory over Miami at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium, extending Stanford's NCAA-record win streak to 86 consecutive overall matches. The Cardinal also extended its home win streak to 107 and postseason streak to 18 on the way to its third consecutive title. Celia Durkin and Amber Liu, ranked No. 22 in the nation, gave the Cardinal a good start, winning the first doubles match with an 8-3 victory over Audrey Banada and Monika Dancevic. But the Stanford doubles point was not secure until top-ranked Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey rallied from a 7-3 deficit to win 9-7 and earn their 39th victory of the season. In singles, it was a race for who would finish first, as Barnes and Theresa Logar both led in their second sets and were one game away from clinching the Stanford win. Logar finished first, scoring a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Monika Dancevic to secure the Cardinal's 15th NCAA team championship and help Stanford finish the year 30-0.


2005 National Champions
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Erin Burdette finished off her career by winning a national title in her home state, something her sisters would do in 2010.
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The Cardinal captured its fourth title under Lele Forood.
Head Coach: Lele Forood

Stanford captured its third national title in four years, behind the play of senior Erin Burdette. Playing in her home state of Georgia, the three-time All-American struggled earlier in the week -- dropping her matches in the quarters and the semifinals -- but capped her career with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Kendra Strohm to give Stanford a 4-0 victory over Texas in Athens, and the 14th NCAA championship in school history. Stanford (27-0) finished the 2005 campaign with its 12th shutout and ninth undefeated season in school history. During the first five years under Lele Forood, the Cardinal went 29-1 in NCAA Tournament duals, with four team titles and one runner-up finish.


2004 National Champions
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Alice Barnes, a four-time All-American, finished her career in 2006 with a 93-5 record.
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Lauren Barnikow, along with partner Erin Burdette, were the ITA Doubles Team of the Year.
Head Coach: Lele Forood

Top-ranked Stanford women's tennis team capped off a perfect season (29-0) by winning its 13th NCAA title by downing UCLA, 4-1, in the championship match in Athens, Ga. The ITA Doubles Team of the Year, Lauren Barnikow and Erin Burdette, clinched the doubles point for the Cardinal with an 8-6 win, before singles went to work, winning three matches. Barnes was first off the court, defeating Jackie Carleton, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 2 spot. Theresa Logar improved her singles dual record to 27-0 with the 6-4, 6-3 downing of Lauren Fisher at No. 5, before Burdette clinched the title at No. 3 with an overhead smash to earn a 7-6, 6-3 victory over Feriel Esseghir. The Cardinal posted five shutouts en route to the final and outscored its final six opponents, 24-1, during its championship run.


2002 National Champions
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Lele Forood, a former All-American at Stanford, led Stanford to the 2002 title.
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Erin Burdette began her All-America career in 2002, winning the 2005 doubles title and finishing as a four-time All-American.
Head Coach: Lele Forood

No. 2 Stanford (27-1) captured its second consecutive national championship by notching a 4-1 victory over No. 1 Florida (24-2) at Stanford. The victory was well-earned for the third-seeded Cardinal, which had to sit through a rain delay of three hours and 10 minutes before starting the final. The Cardinal, which won the doubles point in nine of its final 10 matches, did so again in the finals to take a 1-0 lead into singles play. In what would be the start of a memorable career, freshman Erin Burdette took the first set in a tiebreaker, 7-6, against Alexis Gordon at No. 4 and then raced out to a 5-2 lead in the second. With Gordon serving at 30-40, Burdette charged the net and angled a backhand volley away from Gordon into the opposite corner for the victory, clinching the 4-1 team triumph in the process.


2001 National Champions
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Laura Granville was a two-time All-American, winning her second consecutive NCAA singles title.
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Lauren Kalvaria, a three-time All-American, lost to teammate Laura Granville in an all-Stanford singles final.
Head Coach: Lele Forood

In her first season, head coach Lele Forood guided Stanford to a 30-0 record for its first undefeated season since going 29-0 in 1990. Stanford was making its third consecutive appearance in the national championship match, following a runner-up finish in 2000 and victory in 1999. Stanford blanked Vanderbilt 4-0 to win the NCAA championship in Stone Mountain, Ga., dropping only one point in its six postseason matches. The Cardinal also picked up its 14th consecutive Pac-10 championship by finishing 9-0 in conference play. Laura Granville won her second consecutive NCAA singles championship, defeating teammate Lauren Kalvaria 6-3, 7-6 (1) in an all-Stanford final.


1999 National Champions
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Teryn Ashley earned the second of three All-America awards en route to 84 career wins.
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Marissa Irvin was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1999.
Head Coach: Frank Brennan

Stanford came away with a 5-2 championship victory despite playing Florida on the Gators' home court in Gainesville, Fla. On its way to the title, Stanford posted a 29-2 dual record and captured its 12th consecutive Pac-10 championship. The Cardinal, which won its 10th NCAA title under head coach Frank Brennan, went 17-2 against top-25 opponents and ran off an 18-match winning streak to close out the year. Stanford's 7-2 triumph over Arizona on March 5 began the program's NCAA-record dual match home winning streak, which stood at 164 after the 2010 season.


1997 National Champions
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Julia Scott finished 93-15 during her career from 1995-98.
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Lilia Osterloh (left) won the NCAA singles title as a freshman in 1997. Ania Bleszynski (above) finished her career with 71 wins.
Head Coach: Frank Brennan

One year after falling to Florida in the national championship match in Gainesville, Fla., Stanford returned the favor on its own court with a victory, defeating the Gators, 5-1, and snapping a five-year national championship "mini drought." Stanford finished 30-1 overall to begin a string of four consecutive 30-win seasons. Lilia Osterloh capped a near-perfect season by capturing the NCAA singles title as a freshman, finishing the year with a 30-3 record to go along with a 14-1 mark in doubles.


1991 National Champions
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Laxmi Poruri was an All-American for four seasons starting in 1991, finishing with 84 wins.
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Teri Whitlinger (left) is the only Cardinal player with 100 career singles wins, finishing with 101. Heather Willens (above) won 91 matches.
Head Coach: Frank Brennan
Stanford's season was characterized by two impressive streaks: The Cardinal extended its overall winning streak to 76 during a 26-1 season. Next, Stanford increased its consecutive NCAA championship streak to six, by beating UCLA, 5-1, at home. Sandra Birch won her second NCAA singles title after being forced to serve underhanded during the team championship due to a stomach virus. The title was Stanford's eighth overall and third in which it beat UCLA in the final.


1990 National Champions
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Teri Whitlinger won the 1990 doubles title with Meredith McGrath.
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Four-time All-American Lisa Green finished her career with 93 dual singles wins.
Head Coach: Frank Brennan

Head coach Frank Brennan called this Stanford team, "the greatest of all time." The Cardinal had the top-three ranked women in the NCAA and the country's top two doubles teams. The Cardinal blasted through the NCAA Championships, dropping Texas, 6-1, in the semifinals and Florida, 5-1, in the championship, in Gainesville, Fla. Debbie Graham won both the Pac-10 and NCAA singles titles, while Meredith McGrath and Sandra Birch won the doubles crown. Birch, at No. 1 singles, went 17-5, McGrath 20-1 and Debbie Graham 25-0 to complete the top of the lineup. Stanford finished off the year 29-0, and rode a 65-match win streak into 1991.


1989 National Champions
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Debbie Graham, a three-time All-American, went a perfect 27-0 in singles in 1989.
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Sophomore Lisa Green (left) earned the second of four straight All-America awards in 1988. Frank Brennan won his sixth title of the decade.
Head Coach: Frank Brennan

Stanford swept both the women's and men's titles for the second consecutive season, with the women winning their fourth in a row. The Cardinal heeded head coach Frank Brennan's cry of "No Dubs," by clinching matches during singles play, preventing the need to even play doubles. Indeed, Stanford clinched 25 of 29 matches in singles alone. The Cardinal began the year as the preseason No. 1, with three of the top players in the country, and swept to a 29-0 record, defeating No. 2 UCLA, 5-0, for the title in Gainesville, Fla. Sophomore Sandra Birch won her first NCAA singles title. The team had so much depth that Lisa Green, Debbie Graham, Kylie Johnson, Tami Whitlinger and Teri Whitlinger combined for a 120-8 dual-meet record.


1988 National Champions
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Eleni Rossides was named an All-American in 1988, one of seven on the team.
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Sandra Birch began her four-year dominance in 1988 winning her first All-America certificate.
Head Coach: Frank Brennan

Stanford went 27-2 while launching a 76-match winning streak and winning its third consecutive NCAA title and fifth in seven years. Coach Frank Brennan said this title "may have been the sweetest. When it came time to play in the NCAA Tournament, we did so without our No. 1 player (injured), but everyone moved up a notch on the ladder and pulled together." The Cardinal ran through the Pac-10 with a 9-1 record, with Lisa Green winning the conference singles title. Once NCAA Championships got underway, No. 1 Tami Whitlinger had to pull out due to a hamstring injury, with Green moving up and Eleni Rossides returning from injury. Stanford reversed an earlier loss to Florida in the regular season, for a 5-2 championship win in Los Angeles. Picture Above: Eleni Rossides, Tami Whitlinger, Lisa Green, Teri Whitlinger, Sandra Birch.


1987 National Champions
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Leigh Anne Eldredge closed out her four-year career at 62-10 in singles and 20-1 in doubles.
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Patty Fendick (left) closed out her career on a 57-match dual win streak joining Stephanie Savides (above) on the All-America team.
Head Coach: Frank Brennan

Patty Fendick finished her career with an unprecedented 57-match dual winning streak, leading the Cardinal to its second straight national title, over Georgia in the finals. The No. 1 player since her freshman year led the Cardinal to three NCAA titles and a 140-18 career mark, becoming the first back-to-back singles champion. Fendick finished her career by winning all 40 of her matches in 1987, losing just four sets all year.  The 22-4 Cardinal was paced by All-American Stephanie Savides, Lisa Green and three-time All-American Leigh Anne Eldredge.


1986 National Champions
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Patty Fendick was a four-time All-American, doing so again in her junior season, going 20-5.
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Frank Brennan (left) with Stephanie Savides, Cari Hagey (left and above).
Head Coach: Frank Brennan

Frank Brennan's squad went 21-1 and won its first NCAA title since 1982, joining the men's team as national title winners, the first time ever in NCAA history both programs were crowned champions in the same year. The Cardinal defeated USC for the team championship, 5-4, in Austin, Texas. Junior Patty Fendick went 20-5, earning All-America honors for a third time, while winning the NCAA singles title. She defeated USC's Caroline Kuhlman, the No. 1 seed, in the semifinals after losing twice to her during the regular season. Fendick went onto defeat Gretchen Rush from Trinity (Texas) for the title. Three-time All-American Leigh Anne Eldredge also contributed, as did the third Hagey sister to play for the Cardinal, Cari, who moved from reserve to starter, due to a teammate's injury.


1984 National Champions
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Elise Burgin (above) fought through a back injury to win the NCAA doubles title.
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Michelle Weiss (left) was one of six All-Americans in 1984, joining Leigh Anne Eldredge (above) on the team.
Head Coach: Frank Brennan

In one of the most dominating seasons in NCAA history, the Cardinal went 26-0 for its second consecutive undefeated season, and rolled past USC, 6-0, in the final in Los Angeles. The Cardinal obliterated its opponents en route to the title match. In 17 of 26 matches, opponents secured just one win or less. Stanford played the regular season without world top-50 and team No. 1 Elise Burgin, because of a back injury. But Burgin played at No. 5 in the postseason, winning the NCAA doubles title and was among five All-Americans on the squad.


1982 National Champions
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Caryn Copeland was a three-time All-American in the 1980's.
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Alycia Moulton (above) won the NCAA singles title in 1982 and finished her career as a four-time All-American.
Head Coach: Frank Brennan

With five All-Americans, the Cardinal won its first NCAA women's tennis title, capping a 20-0 dual-meet season. Stanford went from being ranked No. 9 during the season to No. 1, in Provo, Utah, defeating UCLA, 6-3, for the championship. How dominant was the Cardinal? It was 88-17 in singles play and 35-7 in doubles. Alycia Moulton won the NCAA singles title.


1978 National Champions (AIAW)
Sisters Barbara and Kathy Jordan (right) won the AIAW doubles title, as both tennis programs won the national title.
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Susie Hagey (above) and Diane Morrison, two-time defending doubles champions, were runners-up to the Jordan sisters in 1978.
Head Coach: Anne Gould

Stanford became the first school to win national titles in both the men's and women's championships in the same year. The AIAW championship was also the first of many national women's titles for the Cardinal. Led by All-Americans Susie Hagey, Barbara Jordan, Kathy Jordan and Diane Morrison, the Cardinal beat USC in the final, 5-4, in Salisbury, Md. The Jordan sisters beat two-time defending champions, and teammates, Morrison and Hagey for the doubles crown.

by Brian Risso, Athletics Communications/Media Relations. Special thanks to Niall Adler, Alie Bollaidlaw, Estela Marie Lactao Go, Bill Kallenberg and David Gonzales.



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