April 26, 2006
Stanford will head south this week to compete at the Pacific-10 Individual Championships in Ojai, Calif. The competition to decide the league's singles and doubles champions will begin on Thursday and will continue through Sunday.
The 32-player singles draw will consist of three players from each of the nine schools that sponsor women's tennis, with five additional competitors selected by a committee of coaches, based upon the participant's record. The 16-team doubles draw will have one doubles team from each school and seven additional teams selected by the committee, based upon the participants' record.
Individual awards, including the Player of the Year, Doubles Team of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year, will be awarded after the conclusion of the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai and released from the Conference office.
The women of the Pac-10 hold down 27 spots on the ITA's Top-125 singles rankings list through April 25. Of the Top-25 players ranked, seven players are from the Pac-10, more than any other conference. Stanford leads the way with seven players ranked, including three in the top-10, including No. 4 Alice Barnes, the highest ranked player in the Pac-10. In 2005, three of the four semifinalists were Cardinal players, with Barnes finishing as the runner-up in Ojai.
In doubles, Pac-10 women's teams hold nine spots among the Top-60, with six schools represented. Stanford tandem of Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey are the top-ranked doubles team in the nation. Last year, Barnes and Yelsey won their first title together at the Pac-10 Championships.
After the individual championships, the Cardinal will prepare for the NCAA Regionals, which will take place on campus sites, May 12-13. Stanford will then host the NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships at the Taube Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif., May 18-29.