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Old May 13th, 2008, 01:31 PM   #16
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How do you know she injured herself? Btw, I predict that Stanford will not reach the final.
Round of 16 awaits Stanford

Women's tennis travels to Tulsa, Okla. looking to wins its fourth national title in five years

May 12, 2008
By Anthony Nguyen
Two down, four to go.
Junior Jessica Nguyen and the No. 4 Stanford women’s tennis team experienced litle trouble in the first and second rounds this weekend.

Opening the 2008 NCAA Tournament on the Farm, the No. 4 Stanford women’s tennis team punched its ticket to Tulsa, Okla. with two wins over the weekend.

Playing in front of the home crowd, the Cardinal women continued their dominance at home.

“I definitely love playing at school and in front of the Stanford crowd,” freshman Hilary Barte said. “There’s something electric about the crowd. I could definitely feel it turn up the intensity to another level mentally and energy-wise for both matches.”

To start off their 27th consecutive appearance at the Tournament, the Cardinal women blanked Boston University 4-0, in quick fashion.

Barte returned to the courts in doubles, teaming up with sophomore Lindsay Burdette for an 8-0 win.
Stanford would sweep doubles for a 1-0 lead.

Recovering from a strain at the Pac-10 Championships, Barte was kept out of the singles lineup against the Terriers as a precautionary measure.

“I was itching to get out there,” Barte said. “I knew we’d be playing a lot of tennis ahead, so there was no need to rush. By helping myself I was helping the team.”

Junior Jessica Nguyen stepped in for Barte and easily won 6-0, 6-0 against Francine Whu. Burdette also recorded a 6-0, 6-0 victory, and freshman Carolyn McVeigh sealed the win with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

In the match, senior Celia Durkin appeared to injure herself against Vanessa Steiner. Despite the injury, Durkin led 6-4, 4-1 when play was suspended.

“Cel[ia]’s such a fighter and competitor,” Barte said. “Even when we’re practicing and she’s hurt, she doesn’t tell anyone. Last year she played the entire year with mono and she did great.

“If she’s hurt, she’ll make up for it in effort,” Barte added.
Saturday’s matchup against Texas A&M wasn’t nearly as easy as the opening round, however.
On the afternoon, doubles play began at 12:13 p.m. and finished at 1:55 p.m. when Durkin and McVeigh won 9-8 (2) on Court 3.

“To watch Cel[ia] and Carolyn pull off the win was great,” Barte said. “Throughout the season, they’ve been extremely clutch. When I see them battling out and they’re the last team on, I feel confident — they really come through when we need them to.”
In singles, Barte returned to the top of the lineup with a quick and flawless 6-0, 6-2 win over Elze Potgieter.

“It felt great to get back out there and play side by side with my teammates,” Barte said. “I look forward to more of it in Tulsa.”

In fact, Barte logged only 1 hour and 42 minutes of court time, nearly the length of Durkin and McVeigh’s doubles match.

But, timing aside, the results are what counted in the 4-1 victory over the Aggies.

“We all go out there and give it our all every match,” Barte said. “It doesn’t matter how long it takes, as long as you get it done.”

After Barte’s win, Durkin fell 6-2, 6-1 to Anna Blagodarova, trimming the Cardinal lead in half.
However, McVeigh surged back for a 6-3, 6-0 win, and senior Whitney Deason clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-3 tally.

With the two wins, the Cardinal women are now 106-12 in the postseason. They extended their home win streak to 134 matches, and have won their last 28 postseason matches on the Farm.
Though Stanford now heads to Tulsa along with 15 other top programs, they are confident in their abilities to win away from home, especially after a travel-heavy season.

“We played away a lot this season,” Barte said. “In February we were gone almost every weekend. We’re looking forward to making Tulsa our home court for a week.”

On Thursday, Stanford will face off against No. 13 Clemson in the Round of 16.
But, currently on a nine-match win streak, the Cardinal women are certainly aiming for higher goals.
“We’re definitely one of the top teams vying for the national championship,” Barte said, “It’s definitely going to be a battle. We’re not going to just walk through. We have a chance but we just have to fight hard.”

Today, Stanford will head to Tulsa, where they’ll prepare for their Thursday match against the Tigers. Starting then, the Cardinal will be four victories and five days away from reclaiming the national title.
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Re: NCAA Championship predictions

Here's an article that appeared in the SF Chronicle earlier this month:


NCAA TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Barte finds her niche in college instead of as pro
Freshman is thrust into spotlight for Stanford

Bryan Chu, Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

(05-06) 20:50 PDT -- Life on the tennis tour wasn't what Hilary Barte expected.

There were those lonely nights in hotel rooms wondering what her senior year of high school could have been like. There were those countless flights for tournament after tournament, in the United States and overseas. And, oh yeah, for a youngster with high hopes, there was also that reality check.

"I definitely struggled," said Barte, who could only muster a guess of around 480 for her top ranking in the world. "After I played at the U.S. Open, and I noticed how all the players were so mature, I knew going to college would help me."

So, having kept her amateur status, she cut short her fledgling career on tour and went to Stanford.

Barte, a freshman, is No. 3 in the nation in singles and is the top player for fourth-seeded Stanford, which hosts Boston University in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday.

At the start of the season, the 19-year-old lefty from Chatsworth (Los Angeles County) was more pedestrian than anything.

Barte vacillated between the three and two spot in the lineup and had an 8-5 record. Her season, however, received a jolt when she fell into the top spot after injuries to Stanford's key players.

Barte took advantage of the late-February fortune, stringing together 19 straight victories.

"We haven't had too many people put together a string that long and that well at the No. 1 position," said Stanford coach Lele Forood, who is aiming for her sixth NCAA team title in eight years at the helm. "I think (the move) inspired, motivated her more. She knew she had to take each match, in a way, more seriously."

Barte, who holds a 27-6 record, saw her streak snapped in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 championships when she had to withdraw from the match because of a hyperextended left shoulder, an injury she said should be fine now.

At first glance, Barte is a 5-foot-5 freshman who likes to hum to herself and is rarely seen without a smile on her face.

That's deceiving when it comes to competition.

Teammates describe Barte as the ultra competitor. She keeps score for everything, even a friendly game of pingpong or paper football at the dinner table.

"Hilary's competitiveness comes out all the time," said sophomore Lindsay Burdette, who is Barte's doubles partner.

Forood added: "It's the joy of competing and keeping score that keeps her having a good time."

Lex Barte, Hilary's older brother by four years, knows a lot about that.

When Lex was in the fourth grade, and Barte in kindergarten, the two would have batting practice in the backyard. Lex was the pitcher and Barte the batter. A lot of balls wound up over the fence.

"I was really frustrated," remembers Lex, now 23. "She was this little thing and I'd throw my hardest. I'd look at her and she would just smile."

Hilary picked up a tennis racket at age 6. She remembers hating the sport at first, often getting upset at herself for unforced errors. By the time she was 10, she had made up her mind to stick with it.

"I was having so much fun watching the other person run around and seeing them kind of like at my mercy," she said.
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Thanks for all the information regarding the players and such. But, let's not forget this is a prediction thread. I know it's easy to get off track, but give me your best shot at predicting the outcome of this year's NCAA championships, folks
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1 Northwestern def. 16 Fresno 4-0
Northwestern arguably has one of the strongest No. 1 to 5 line-ups in the country. Very strong No. 1/2 punch and Ghazal at No. 5 is basically a guarentee, making it tough for any team to take out NW. Fresno State should have been much stronger with a pretty good No. 1 to 4, but no where near NW.

8 California def. 9 Duke 4-3
Very tight match. There are great match-ups up and down the line-up. The doubles point will be very important, and the winner will claim the doubles point. That being said I think Duke has a stronger doubles line-up. In order for Cal to win they must sweep the lower courts No. 5 and No. 6 (Cal has a stronger line-up here). And then a win at No. 1 or No. 4 even if Cal loses the doubles point. No. 4 between Mang and Ilckinas will be a great match between two hot players. Babos needs to win at No. 1 against Iyer, who really isn't that good this year (despite her All-American win) but Babos has been having a rather poor year. Babos will play No. 1, seeing how putting Cossou at No. 2 is a better choice strategically (Babos being a senior, and Cossou at No. 2 will give a Cal a better shot at winning a point there). In this dual, Cossou will have a much better chance vs. Nze seeing how she has a counter puncher game which matches well against the hard hitting of Nze. If you like moonballs, watch the No. 3 match between Zslinksa and Visico. If the dual comes down to the last match, it will be this one seeing how they will be extremely long points. If this does happen bet your money on Cal and Visico, who is extremely mentally strong and is the person you want in this kind of spot.

4 Stanford def. 13 Clemson 4-1
Stanford has the weakest No. 5/6 singles line-up in a long time, luckily Clemson isn't much better at that section of the line-up. Stanford should cruise easily 4-0, although make it 4-1 because I can see them losing the doubles point.

5 Baylor def. 12 Miami 4-0
Baylor has a deeper team. Miami is a team that will upset teams ranked No. 6-11 but not much higher. Baylor 4-0


6 Florida def. 11 Vanderbilt 4-0
On paper Florida is much stronger, that being said Vandy has always been a dangerous opponent. It's unfortunate that Srebovic is not in the line-up, but Flordia will win 4-0.

3 Ga Tech def. Texas 4-1
Georgia Tech is too deep in singles and doubles to lose to a rather young Texas team. Unless Texas can steal the doubles point and get on the board early this upset isn't going to happen.

7 UCLA def. 10 USC 4-1
UCLA won both Pac-10 matches, and unless Nelson/Fansler can get their act together the Bruins are going to win again. It's a shame they had to meet so early in the draw. UCLA has Schnack back in singles at the spells bad news for all teams.

Arkansas def. 2 Gerogia 4-2
The problem with Georgia is this far into the tournament they're going to surrender No. 5/6 because they're really weak compared to the teams left in the draw. That puts Georgia down 0-2 already. That being said Arkansas' strength is also the top of the line-up. If Arkansas can grab the doubles point, it's an upset for the Razorbacks seeing how that puts them up basically 3-0. Georgia for the second straight year, overranked!!
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Here's My Prediction Beyond Sweet 16

I'll come after today's matches to give my further in-depth predictions but here's what I think will happen based on my earlier post.

Quarters
1 Northwestern def. 8 California 4-0

5 Baylor def. 4 Stanford 4-3
Very close, it'll come down to the No. 3-6 players. Yeah that's being really general but the problem is both teams have great No. 1/2s and Baylor has a great No. 3. That match will come down to the non-star players. Whoever wins though will lose to NW, I'm going to go with the Baylor upset.

6 Florida def. 3 Ga Tech 4-3

7 UCLA def. Arkansas 4-1

Semis
1 Northwestern def. 5 Baylor 4-1

7 UCLA def. 6 Florida 4-2

Finals
7 UCLA def. 1 Northwestern 4-3
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I see UCLA beating stanford 4-3 in the finals
stanford will beat baylor 4-2. cal will beat NW easily 4-1 or 4-2. I am not impresseed by NWs players outdoors.
Stanford beats cal 4-2.
ucla beats everyone 4-1 or 4-2 to get to the finals.
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I see UCLA beating stanford 4-3 in the finals
stanford will beat baylor 4-2. cal will beat NW easily 4-1 or 4-2. I am not impresseed by NWs players outdoors.
Stanford beats cal 4-2.
ucla beats everyone 4-1 or 4-2 to get to the finals.
As much as I love Cal, NW is just a little better. NW has the better doubles teams and it will be considered a major upset if Cal can win the doubles. I can't imagine Babos beating Mosolova. They played in the fall (when Babos was in better form), which Mosolova won. She also has the type of game that Babos struggles against...counter puncher type game. Babos does better against hard hitters. NW's second point will be Mosolova at No. 1. The third point will be Murray at No. 3 over Visico. And the fourth point is No. 5 Ghazal over Kusano. I would say that NW has stronger players at the No. 1, 3, and 5 spots than Cal.

No. 2 Rose vs. Cossou is a toss up while I would favor Cal's No. 4 Ilcinkas and No. 6 Bobusic. The problem is Cal is going to have to win 4 of 6, which is going to be a tall order. Although Cal has shown that it can win 5 of 6 and 6 of 6 against Stanford and USC, also very tall orders.
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Tennisace, you should have more confidence in your players.
Babos, visico and kusano all won for you!
GO CAL!!! go pac10
and DOWN GOES STANFORD. I'm so happy.
I hope Cal beats Baylor though.
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Tennisace, you should have more confidence in your players.
Babos, visico and kusano all won for you!
GO CAL!!! go pac10
and DOWN GOES STANFORD. I'm so happy.
I hope Cal beats Baylor though.
I'm well shocked. The thing with Babos is she can get hot really fast. Case in point in 2006 when she won the singles title, she was playing No. 2 singles because of poor form and had lost to Fresno State's No. 2 player (who was not very good...not even ranked) and this was before Fresno State was a top 16 team. Then not even two weeks later she was NCAA champion. Mosolova should have won that match, wasn't she up 3-0 in the third set? Should be a very interesting match between her and Zemenova, both look to be in very good form.

Visico is a true counter puncher through and through. Compared to other teams, she's a weak No. 3 player. In fact, she's without a doubt the fourth best No. 3 player out of the Final Four teams. I don't understand how players don't take advantage of her weak serves but you have to give it to her she knows how to win and is mentally very strong. If she wins her singles match, its almost a guarantee that Cal will win the dual.

Ghazal is like Elizabeth Lumpkin of UCLA in that they are stalwarts at the bottom of the line-up who hardly ever lose. I'm surprised that she went down so easily to Kusano. Granted I think Kusano's level of tennis has risen after a mediocre sophomore and junior years that and I think the fact that she's a senior and potentially playing her last match each time has really fueled her game.

Stanford was in major trouble when they lost the doubles point. They'll be much better next year with Clayton and Hansen. Barte and Nguyen will stay at the top. I think they'll put Clayton/Burdette in the No. 3/4 spot with McVeigh at No. 5 and Hansen at No. 6.

Baylor vs. Cal will be very interesting. Baylor has better doubles and should win the doubles point. Zemenova vs. Babos at No. 1 is a big toss up. Cossou vs. Ormond is very tight although I think I'm leaning towards Cossou. Brossova should handle Visico easily at No. 3. I think Cal has a stronger bottom line-up, and if they want a chance to reach their first final they need all three wins. Unfortunately for both Cal and Baylor, they're going to lose to whoever wins the other final. Cal has dropped the doubles point in the last two matches and then was able to come up with four wins in singles. I just don't know if they can keep on doing that this deep in the tournament and hence I think it's Baylor 4-3.
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WOW when was the last time that the top 4 seeds did NOT make it to the semi's? ALL of them??

[5] Baylor def. [4] Stanford, 4-1
[8] California def. [1] Northwestern, 4-2
[7] UCLA def. [17-32] Arkansas, 4-0
[6] Florida def. [3] Georgia Tech, 4-2

All in a convincing fashion. Per may prediction, one of the semis is between UCLA and FL. But, I didn't see both Baylor and Cal taking out Stanford and Northwestern so soon in the draw. Wow.

FL will have a very tough match against UCLA, however. FL should take the doubles point. Julia should do well against Riza @ 1 singles. Didn't Csilla take out Tracy Lin last year at the NCAA singles? Megan @ 3 is hit and miss. Lastly, the depth of FL's 4, 5, 6 will end any of UCLA's hopes to advancing.

Baylor and California's match will be tight. Zusana is playing too well not to beat Susie. But Cal's Marina's gonna take #2 singles. I am giving the double's edge to Baylor. Although Cal has a very deep lineup, I see 2 of the girls dig it out to take Baylor into the Final's against FL.

FL vs Baylor in the Finals anyone??
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I'm well shocked. The thing with Babos is she can get hot really fast. Case in point in 2006 when she won the singles title, she was playing No. 2 singles because of poor form and had lost to Fresno State's No. 2 player (who was not very good...not even ranked) and this was before Fresno State was a top 16 team. Then not even two weeks later she was NCAA champion. Mosolova should have won that match, wasn't she up 3-0 in the third set? Should be a very interesting match between her and Zemenova, both look to be in very good form.

Visico is a true counter puncher through and through. Compared to other teams, she's a weak No. 3 player. In fact, she's without a doubt the fourth best No. 3 player out of the Final Four teams. I don't understand how players don't take advantage of her weak serves but you have to give it to her she knows how to win and is mentally very strong. If she wins her singles match, its almost a guarantee that Cal will win the dual.

Ghazal is like Elizabeth Lumpkin of UCLA in that they are stalwarts at the bottom of the line-up who hardly ever lose. I'm surprised that she went down so easily to Kusano. Granted I think Kusano's level of tennis has risen after a mediocre sophomore and junior years that and I think the fact that she's a senior and potentially playing her last match each time has really fueled her game.

Stanford was in major trouble when they lost the doubles point. They'll be much better next year with Clayton and Hansen. Barte and Nguyen will stay at the top. I think they'll put Clayton/Burdette in the No. 3/4 spot with McVeigh at No. 5 and Hansen at No. 6.

Baylor vs. Cal will be very interesting. Baylor has better doubles and should win the doubles point. Zemenova vs. Babos at No. 1 is a big toss up. Cossou vs. Ormond is very tight although I think I'm leaning towards Cossou. Brossova should handle Visico easily at No. 3. I think Cal has a stronger bottom line-up, and if they want a chance to reach their first final they need all three wins. Unfortunately for both Cal and Baylor, they're going to lose to whoever wins the other final. Cal has dropped the doubles point in the last two matches and then was able to come up with four wins in singles. I just don't know if they can keep on doing that this deep in the tournament and hence I think it's Baylor 4-3.
Who do you reckon Baylor will meet in the Finals?
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Re: NCAA Championship predictions

for UCLA florida, I see
#1- UCLA easily
#2- tossup, but probably ucla. lin is gonna play inspired tennis as its her last matches
#3- easily ucla. schnack is too good to lose to a counterpuncher. you have to hit her off the court
#4- easily ucla. remynse is much better than benik.
#5- tossup. could go either way.
#6- i'm gong with florida. florida is totlaly stacking the lineup with revzina down here. she was their #2 player last year.
doubles- it won't matter.
UCLA beats florida again.
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for UCLA florida, I see
#1- UCLA easily
#2- tossup, but probably ucla. lin is gonna play inspired tennis as its her last matches
#3- easily ucla. schnack is too good to lose to a counterpuncher. you have to hit her off the court
#4- easily ucla. remynse is much better than benik.
#5- tossup. could go either way.
#6- i'm gong with florida. florida is totlaly stacking the lineup with revzina down here. she was their #2 player last year.
doubles- it won't matter.
UCLA beats florida again.
Good analysis. #3 Alexander is more of an aggressive baseliner than a counterpuncher however. But, she's hit & miss, although she has been on since day 1 of these championships. #1 I see Cohen taking Riza out of her rhythem with her all court tactical tennis against Riza's power baseline shots. The one sure singles victory for UCLA is #2 for Lin, even tho Borsanyi has beaten Lin before, but she's just too inconsistent right now to beat anyone, especially Lin. #5 Boonstra is unstoppable and undefeated in that position. #4 Benik is playing the best tennis out of her career at this moment, having taken out 2 consecutive ranked opponents in a row in Venderbilt & Ga Tech. She's also undefeated @ #4. FL takes the doubles point for the 23rd consecutive times.

Adding to the fuel energized by the loss of last year, FL will surely be extra prepared to avenge last year's loss.

When Miami beat FL in the NCAA 2004, FL won the next match against them. When Texas beat FL in 2005 NCAA's, FL won the next match against them. Granted the matches they won weren't NCAA's, but odds are heavily in FL's favor. With the execption of Stanford, I don't believe FL has lost 2 consecutive matchest against the same team in a row in its program history, at least not recently.

I say FL takes the semis.

OF COURSE all this is trash until the day of the match ROFL!!

Go gators!

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for UCLA florida, I see
#1- UCLA easily
#2- tossup, but probably ucla. lin is gonna play inspired tennis as its her last matches
#3- easily ucla. schnack is too good to lose to a counterpuncher. you have to hit her off the court
#4- easily ucla. remynse is much better than benik.
#5- tossup. could go either way.
#6- i'm gong with florida. florida is totlaly stacking the lineup with revzina down here. she was their #2 player last year.
doubles- it won't matter.
UCLA beats florida again.
I favor UCLA at No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4. Lumpkin hasn't looked as sharp so I give Florida No. 5 and I doubt McGoodwin will be able to beat Revzina at No. 6. And Cohen hasn't looked that good in her last two matches. I do think that doubles will be the decider. Florida has the stronger doubles. I believe they haven't dropped the doubles point all year. Florida is stronger at No. 3 and will win that match. I favor UCLA at No. 1 and am inching toward Florida at No. 2. Extremely tight. UCLA will need to sweep No. 1 to No. 4 singles for the win. I'm only going to go with UCLA because they're an older team who reached the finals last year. I think it will make a difference and made the difference in the Cal-Northwestern match where Cal has a heavily junior/senior team that made the semis last year. Lucky for NW they return their entire line-up plus add blue chip Stacey Lee.
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It's not looking good for FL. UCLA just took their doubles point.

UCLA is gonna sneak through FL...
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