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Stanford Takes on TCU in the NCAA Round of 16
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 05/16/2006

May 16, 2006

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Tournament Talk ...
No. 1-seeded Stanford will face 16th-seeded TCU on Thursday at 6 p.m. on the Taube Stadium courts. Entering the match against the Horned Frogs, the Cardinal has won 14-consecutive NCAA postseason duals and 31 of the last 32 NCAA matches.

Hosts and Hostesses ...
Stanford will play host to the top-16 teams for both the men's and women's NCAA Championship, May 18-29. This is the first time in the of the NCAA Tennis Championship that the men's and women's tournament will be played at the same site. The round of 16 will begin on Thursday, May 18 at 9 a.m. for the women and Saturday, May 20 at 9 a.m. for men.

Live Coverage...
Live video and scoring will be available throughout the NCAA Tournament at Stanford on GoStanford.com. Live scoring will be available for every men's and women's match in the team, singles and doubles championships. Live video will be streamed for every match played at the Taube Stadium Courts (please refer to the brackets to see which matches will be played at the stadium).

Postseason Potpourri ...
Stanford has competed in postseason action for the past 32 years and has earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament in every year of the tournament's 25-year existence. Stanford has advanced to the final match in 19 of its last 24 NCAA Championship appearances.

NCAA Tournament ...
The Cardinal has claimed 14 NCAA titles and 15 total collegiate titles. Stanford has won the NCAA Championship in four of the last-five seasons, including the last two. Stanford boasts a 96-11 (.897) all-time Tournament record. Stanford also won six-straight NCAA titles from 1986-91.

Ranking Report ...
Stanford remains the top team in the nation with an unblemished 26-0 overall record. Stanford has been ranked No. 1 by the ITA for the entire 2006 season and was ranked No. 1 for the entire 2005 season and the final 12 weeks of the 2004 season.

Individual Items ...
Six Stanford players were offered bids to the 2006 NCAA Singles Championship (No. 7 seed Alice Barnes, Whitney Deason, Celia Durkin, No. 8 seed Amber Liu, No. 9-16 seed Theresa Logar and No. 9-16 seed Anne Yelsey), and two pairings will also compete in the 2005 NCAA Doubles Championship (top-seeded Barnes/Yelsey and Durkin/Liu). The women's individual tournament kicks off on Tuesday, May 23, after the team championship concludes on May 22.

Big Numbers ...

* Stanford is playing in its 25th NCAA Tournament
* The Cardinal will continue its quest for its 15th NCAA Team Championship
* Lele Forood is 31-1 in postseason play with 4 titles and one runner-up finish
* Forood owns a 164-3 record as head coach at Stanford
* Stanford is on an 82-match winning streak, dating back to the first match of the 2004 campaign
* Stanford also owns a 103-match win streak on its home court at the Taube Tennis Center, with the Cardinal's last home loss on Feb. 27, 1999
* Stanford qualified six singles players for the NCAA Tournament and has seven singles players ranked in the top-75 and four are ranked in the top-11
* Two Cardinal pairs will compete for the NCAA Doubles Championship, three of the four players were NCAA Doubles finalists in Athens last season
* If the Cardinal defeats TCU, it will be the 25th time that Stanford has advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament (Stanford has advanced to the semifinals all but one year and has advanced to the championship match 18 times)

Picture Perfect ...
Stanford posted back-to-back perfect seasons in 2004 and 2005. In `04, the Cardinal finished with a 29-0 record and won its 13th NCAA Team Title. Last year, the Cardinal went 27-0 and won its 14th NCAA Team Title. It was the third perfect season in head coach Lele Forood's tenure: she finished her first year with a 30-0 mark in 2001. Stanford has posted nine unblemished seasons in its history.

Pac-10 Pride ...
No. 1 Stanford claimed its 19th-straight Pacific-10 Conference title after tallying a perfect 8-0 league record (there are just nine Pac-10 teams in women's tennis). Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey captured the conference doubles title in Ojai for the second-straight year, and Barnes was also a singles semifinalist.

Conference Honors ...
Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey were named the Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year after winning their second conference crown together in April. Barnes, Amber Liu, Theresa Logar and Yelsey were all named to the All-Pac-10 First-Team.

Regional Recognition...
Lele Forood, Alice Barnes, Amber Liu and Theresa Logar were all honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as Regional Award Winners, announced last week by the ITA. National honors will be announced on May 22 during the NCAA Tournament at Stanford. Forood was named the 2006 Northwest Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year. For the second year in a row, Barnes has been named the Northwest Regional winner of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership & Sportsmanship, given to a player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements. Liu was named the Northwest winner of the ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship, which goes to a women's player who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis. Logar was selected as the Northwest Region ITA Player to Watch, which is given to a player who has had an outstanding season and is expected to perform at a high level the rest of her career. This award's criteria also includes a player's sportsmanship and character.

Winning Ways...
The Cardinal has tallied 17 shutouts this year and another six wins with only one point given up. Stanford owns an 82-match win streak and has won its last 103 home matches. The Cardinal has won 194-of-198 matches over the past seven seasons.

Coaching Corner ...
Head coach Lele Forood has led Stanford to four national titles and one runner-up finish during her first five years with the Cardinal. Now in her sixth season, she owns a 164-3 (.982) all-time record in six seasons. Assistant coach Frankie Brennan has helped the Cardinal to 300 wins and six NCAA titles over the past 11 years.

Player Points ...
Stanford players have tallied 12 singles and five doubles NCAA titles. Senior Amber Liu captured a pair of NCAA singles titles
* in her first two seasons and advanced to the NCAA Doubles final last year with Anne Yelsey. Senior Alice Barnes won the NCAA Doubles Championship last year with Erin Burdette, but will be playing with Yelsey this season, while Liu will take on the doubles field with Celia Durkin.
*No women's tennis player has ever won three NCAA Singles Championships.

Streak Stats ...
Stanford has won 103-straight duals at home, but the Cardinal has also built its overall win streak to 82-consecutive duals. Stanford's last loss was in the NCAA Championship match against Florida in 2003. Since then, the Cardinal posted a perfect 29-0 season in 2004, a perfect a 27-0 record in 2005 and has amassed a 26-0 record this season.

Home Court Habits ...
Stanford has not been very friendly to its foes at the Taube Tennis Center. The Cardinal has won 103-straight matches on its home court, dating back to 1999. Heading into the tournament, Stanford has won all 13 of its duals at home this season.


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