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No. 1 Stanford 4, No. 5 Baylor 1
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 05/22/2011

May 23, 2011

Taube Family Tennis Center - Stanford, Calif.
Monday, May 23 - 4 p.m. - Taube Stadium
Women's Semifinals


No. 1 Stanford Powers Past No. 5 Baylor, Into National Title Match

Doubles (Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2)
1) No. 3 Barte/Burdette (STAN) d. No. 70 Fillipiak/Secerbegovic (BAY) 8-2
2) Gibbs/Li (STAN) d. Ormond/Stanivuk (BAY) 8-6
3) Nakic/Novakova (BAY) d. No. 74 McVeigh/Tan (STAN) 8-6

Singles (Order of Finish: 4, 5, 6, 2)
1) No. 3 Hilary Barte (STAN) vs. No. 14 Sona Novakova (BAY) aban.
2) No. 22 Mallory Burdette (STAN) d. No. 49 Nina Secerbegovic (BAY) 7-5, 6-4
3) No. 18 Nicole Gibbs (STAN) vs. No. 47 Diana Nakic (BAY) aban.
4) No. 112 Jelena Stanivuk (BAY) d. No. 15 Kristie Ahn (STAN) 1-2 (retired)
5) No. 43 Stacey Tan (STAN) d. Karolina Filipiak (BAY) 6-1, 6-4
6) Veronica Li (STAN) d. Taylor Ormond (BAY) 6-4, 6-3

Stanford Coach Lele Forood
"It was kind of a classic Stanford-Baylor affair, they're always tight contests, there were a lot of comebacks both ways, matches went to three sets and we had to gut out some wins. We're very happy, obviously it started out well for is with a doubles point and we were able to pick up our three singles wins. It was kind of an up and down thing and very happy to see Mallory [Burdette] be so efficient and win in straights to get us a win."

On the winning streak
"You know it's something that doesn't obsess us at all. It is what it is, we know that someday it's gonna end so it's not anything that we ever mention or talk about. We enjoy it but it's certainly not a motivating force."

On playing Florida again
"It's nice, obviously in the national championship game last year, the finals of the indoor this year, so it's becoming a rivalry a little bit again so that's kind of fun."

Stanford sophomore Mallory Burdette
"I don't think much can compare to clinching last year but for this year it was great, it was a good feeling. I'm glad I got through that first set and was able to get it done in two sets."

Baylor Head Coach Joey Scrivano
"Stanford is better than us. Not much else to say."

On the play of Stanivuk....
"I felt really good about Jelena's [Stanivuk] matchup with Ahn. Regardless of injury or no injury. The key is you need to win four points. Novakova was hanging in their on court one, but she was by no means close to pulling it out. Barte is a tough out. So I felt like there were some matches that we could have done a better job in. Overall, bottom line is, we weren't good enough."

On the play of Nakic...
"Diana [Nakic] made a nice adjustment in the second set. We weren't used to the speed of the court. There is a difference between this facility and the other facility. We felt like that was a match we could win."

On needing to win the doubles point...
"At this stage, we will take anything they will give us. Every point possible at this point. Especially with a team like Stanford. They were better than us and they are better than everyone else in the country. You need some breaks to go your way. Doubles is where we could have won. That is where they are not infinitely better than us."

On the team really needing to improve...
"Overall I don't want to give everyone the impression that we are close. We are miles away from them. It isn't close. We need to get better for us to beat them. It is emotional. This kid deserves to win a national championship. To win a team title, you need to have everyone on the same level to win a National Championship."

Baylor senior Jelena Stanivuk
On the doubles point she and Taylor Ormond should have won...
"We got off 3-1, we were in position that we dreamed of, with my serve. They came up with some great shots.The percentage of my first serve was not good and I think it cost us big time. The crowd got into it and it was hard to break them. Tara and I should have done a better job. We were seniors and we put ourselves in a great position and we just didn't close it."



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