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Old May 24th, 2006, 01:51 AM   #1
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Stanford clinches 15th NCAA team title despite Amber Liu's loss

Stanford's third straight NCAA team title!!!! They beat Miami 4-1 today in the final. Congrats The girls are so strong.... Kinda sucks that Amber Liu lost. Oh yes, and Lindsay Davenport would have been kicking everyone's ass if she went to Stanford; that's the university that offered her a spot but Lindsay declined but she said she would only go to Stanford for college.
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L-R: Joanna Kao, Alice Barnes, Jessica Leck, Amber Liu


Front Row L-R: Jessica Nguyen, Joanna Kao, Alice Barnes, Amber Liu, Jessica Leck, Anne Yelsey, Whitney Deason, Theresa Logar.











Front Row: Theresa Logar, Joanna Kao, Anne Yelsey, Celia Durkin, Jessica Nguyen, Megan Doheny, Jessica Leck
Back Row: Alice Barnes, Amber Liu, Whitney Deason



L-R: Celia Durkin, Theresa Logar, Whitney Deason, Amber Liu, Jessica Nguyen, Joanna Kao, Alice Barnes, Megan Doheny, Anne Yelsey, Jessica Leck


Amber Liu


Theresa Logar


Lejla Hodzic

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Stanford, Calif. - A day behind schedule, the NCAA Division I Women's Championship was played today at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium, with top-ranked and top-seeded Stanford posting a 4-1 victory over seventh-seeded Miami this afternoon to claim the Cardinal's 15th NCAA team title.

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 the Hurricanes on its home court this afternoon, extending Stanford's NCAA-record win streak to 86 consecutive matches. The Cardinal is also on a 107-home court win streak and has won 18-straight NCAA post-season matches en route to its third-straight title.

Although the title match was originally scheduled to play Monday night at 6:30 p.m., a full day of rain on Sunday pushed the semifinals and finals back one day, Stanford and Miami squared off at noon today, starting with doubles.

Celia Durkin and Amber Liu, ranked No. 22 in the nation, gave the Cardinal a good start, winning the first doubles match on court two with an 8-3 victory over Audrey Banada and Monika Dancevic of Miami. The Stanford point was not secure, though, as top-ranked Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey were down, 7-3, on court one to second-ranked Melissa Applebaum and Audra Cohen and Lejla Hodzic and Jessica Nguyen were even with Caren Seenauth and Patricia Starzyk on court three.

But the top-ranked doubles duo in the nation proved their top ranking true, winning six-straight games to post a 9-7 victory and earn their 39th win of the season. The victory clinched the doubles point for Stanford.

Head coach Lele Forood changed the starting lineup prior to singles, taking out Yelsey and moving up Whitney Deason and Durkin and adding Nguyen at court six. The move up to court five did not phase Durkin, who finished with a quick 6-0, 6-2 victory over Patricia Starzyk. Nguyen, who had not played singles since the Cardinal's opening round of the tournament against Quinnipiac, gave Stanford a 3-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Caren Seenauth. Miami's second-ranked Audra Cohen notched the lone Hurricane point, posting a two set win over Liu at No. 1 singles.

But on the neighboring courts, Barnes and Theresa Logar were both leading in the second set and just one game away from clinching the Stanford win. It was Logar who finished first, scoring a 6-0, 6-3 victory over 107th-ranked Monika Dancevic to secure the Cardinal's 15th NCAA Team Championship and help Stanford finish the year with a 30-0 record. Logar finishes the dual season with a perfect 20-0 record, while fellow finisher Durkin ended her first team season at Stanford with an unblemished 23-0 mark in duals.

Stanford will be back on the courts tomorrow, as the NCAA Singles Championship begins at 10 a.m. Barnes, Deason, Durkin, Liu, Logar and Yelsey are all slated to compete in the singles bracket, while Barnes-Yelsey and Durkin-Liu compete in the doubles field.

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Head Coach Lele Forood
Opening Statement: "We were twitching a little bit in the beginning of the match today, but we got ourselves righted and we had a good performance at No. 2 doubles, which was helping a lot. The ones, it was certainly not their finest day, but they were playing a really good team and they were able to hang in long enough to be able to turn that match around. I'm still not quite sure how they did it, but we got the doubles point taken care of. I think we went out and started to play our game a little bit more in the singles and we certainly broke out to some nice leads, at five and six, especially, and Theresa went out very quickly. That set the tone. Obviously, Audra Cohen played a very well at one, and Banada was giving us a problem at four. But Theresa did a great job."

On the No. 1 doubles match: "More than anything we just wanted to win it [the doubles point], and we still might have at third doubles, but I wanted us to be in there and win some points and feel better about how we were playing out there, and we were able to do that."

Senior Alice Barnes
On the No. 1 doubles match: "It was actually very frustrating, we had some chances early on and we didn't really take them, and then they played well and broke us a couple of times. But at 7-3, we just decided that we were going to go for it. If you're going to lose, you at least want to feel that you attacked and that you went for it and you did the right things. If it doesn't work out and they play big points and you force them to play well, then that's one thing. But if you sit back and let them dictate and you lose it 8-3, then I think our attitude going into singles would have been much worse, our spirits would have been down. So we decided to go for it and luckily, it came up for us."

Senior Amber Liu
On her emotions about her last dual match: "The other seniors and I, we actually started crying. It was weird, it was the opposite reaction that we expected. It was just emotional that it was the last dual match that we'll ever play. It ended on such a great note."

Junior Theresa Logar
On clinching the match: "Everyone dreams about it. It was funny because I had the opportunity to clinch yesterday, and I was like, `Man, I wish I'd clinched.' And then today, I was in the same exact position and I was like, `don't choke, just don't choke.' And it worked out pretty well."


Miami Head Coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews
"I was very happy with the way our girls came out today and fought. Stanford played a great match. In doubles we had our chance, but maybe the moment got to us a bit."

Audra Cohen
"We went out and were playing our game in the beginning, but got caught up in the moment and it affected the outcome. It's disappointing to know we had the doubles point. It's momentum for the University of Miami. Not a lot of teams have tested Stanford in doubles."

[On the seeds]: "You have to play your game. That's how you're going to win. I have to say we are the feistiest team in the draw."

[On beating Amber Liu]: "This is great for the team and great for the program. Amber (Liu) is a great player and experienced in front of her home crowd. Winning that match is a huge boost."

Results
Doubles
1. Alice Barnes and Anne Yelsey-1 (S) def. Melissa Applebaum and Audra Cohen-2 (M), 9-7
2. Celia Durkin and Amber Liu-22 (S) def. Audrey Banada and Monika Dancevic (M), 8-3
3. Lejla Hodzic and Jessica Nguyen (S) def. Caren Seenauth and Patricia Starzyk (M), 6-6 -- DNF
Order of finish: 2, 1

Singles
1. Audra Cohen-2 (M) def. Amber Liu-8 (S), 6-3, 6-3
2. Alice Barnes-5 (S) led Melissa Applebaum-76 (M), 6-4, 5-4 -- DNF
3. Theresa Logar-10 (S) def. Monika Dancevic-107 (M), 6-0, 6-3
4. Audrey Banada (M) led Whitney Deason-52 (S), 6-1, 5-3 -- DNF
5. Celia Durkin-34 (S) def. Patricia Starzyk (M), 6-0, 6-2
6. Jessica Nguyen-76 (S) def. Caren Seenauth (M), 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 5, 6, 1, 3

Notes
- No. 1 Stanford finishes season 30-0
- Record 15th NCAA championship for Stanford; won titles in 1982-84-86-87-88-89-90-91-97-99-2001-02-04-05-06
- First team to win three straight NCAA titles since Cardinal won its last of six straight in 1991
- Stanford win streak is now at 86 straight
- Cardinal has also won 107 straight at home (last loss was in 1999)
- Stanford yielded just one point in six NCAA tournament matches, out-scoring opponents 24-1
- Cardinal also yielded just one point in 2001 and 2004 tournaments. No team has ever gone through the tournament without giving up a point
- Cardinal has won 19 straight NCAA tournament matches since losing to Florida in 2003 final (and 35 of last 36 NCAA matches)
- Cardinal coach Lele Forood improves to 35-1 in NCAA matches (and is 168-3 overall)
- Stanford has played in 20 of the 25 NCAA finals and has a 15-5 record in title match
- This is the eighth time Stanford has gone unbeaten en route to the NCAA title. Also did in 1982-84-89-90-2001-04-05
- Stanford beat Quinnipiac in first round, Arizona in second round, TCU in round of 16, Duke in QF and Florida in SF
- Cardinal's four seniors (Alice Barnes, Jessica Leck, Joanna Kao and Amber Liu) helped program to 111-2 record over the past four seasons
- Barnes named tournament's Most Outstanding Player for third straight year (only winner of this award, which began in 2004)
- Stanford is now 198-4 over the past seven seasons
- Fourth 30-year win season in Stanford history and first since 2001
- Stanford leads all-time series against Miami 11-1
- Theresa Logar, Celia Durkin and Whitney Deason went 3-0 this week in singles
- Logar won clinching point in today's final at No. 3 singles
- Stanford's three doubles teams finish a combined 52-3 in dual matches this season ...
- Theresa Logar is 19-0 in dual matches this season and Celia Durkin is 22-0 this season
- Stanford starters are a combined 52-3 during their career in NCAA (team tournament) singles matches: Amber Liu 11-2; Alice Barnes 14-0; Theresa Logar 12-0; Anne Yelsey. 5-0 (did not play in final); Whitney Deason 5-0; Celia Durkin 4-1 (1-0 at Stanford, 2-1 at Harvard - 1 loss was to Barnes) and Jessica Nguyen 3-0

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Old May 24th, 2006, 02:05 AM   #2
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Really? Well she did seem like a bit of a choker to me. Perhaps at times she becomes too overconfident in some matches and loses to better fighters. She was like the top player in tier 1 division the past 2 years right?
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Yeah she lost 6-3 6-3 today to Cohen who's the top college player in the nation... but Amber is the two-time NCAA champion so the loss wasn't very pleasant especially since she's like only lost 2 or 3 matches this season. She also contemplated leaving stanford to turn pro just before entering her junior year, but she decided to finish off college first anyway. I heard that the girls just came off of finals, so it was hard for them to get back into playing these matches. Amber is always top 10 in div 1 but I don't recall her being at the top for very long because she doesn't play as many matches as Cohen. Amber's a senior, so she's graduating!
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I wish they'd let Jessica Nguyen play more singles. She's better than most of the other player on the team. Perhaps next season...
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That's right she was or has been Stanford's top player recently but not nationally.
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Audra Cohen played fantastically! Had Miami won the doubles point this probably would've gone the other way
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Jessica Nguyen is a really good player, and she's only a freshman. I watched her two years ago at Stanford BOWC when she lost to Harkleroad in two tight sets in the qualifying rounds.

Amber's always the top player for Stanford but lately she's been so shaky. But these girls kick butt like no girls in other schools do. I mean they have not lost to any school since 1999
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Audra Cohen played fantastically! Had Miami won the doubles point this probably would've gone the other way
Yeah I saw Audra Cohen play on the web She kind of reminds me of Conchita Martinez with her backhand slices and manly movements.
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Who saw them play?
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I saw all of them play, was jumping back from court to court online..So proud of my girls!
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I am a Hurricane!! and the girls kicked some serious ass this week!! Next year we're gonna take it!
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