2004-05 Honor Roll: Alice Barnes

When looking to the 2005 Stanford Women's Tennis team for this year's edition of The Bootleg's Honor Roll, we have to look beyond All-American accolades. Indeed, five of the women's netters netted that honor in June. So we dug deeper into the leadership and consistency of performance within the star-studded squad. On top was junior Alice Barnes, a revered and winning force in both singles and doubles.

In the Summer Issue of The Bootleg Magazine, we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2004/2005 school-year.

The criteria are as follows:

Each academic year, The Bootleg’s Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational.  While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents.  Finally, these honorees’ performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed “Spirit of Stanford.”

During the month of August, we will be releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one.  We previously have recognized Tony Azevedo amongst this year's winners.  Our second announced member of the The Bootleg's 2004-05 Honor Roll is women's tennis performer Alice Barnes.

Just in this past 2005 season, junior Alice Barnes won more championships than most athletes will ever sniff over their careers.  Not only did Barnes lead the Cardinal women's tennis squad to a second-straight national title with her co-captain Erin Burdette, but the rising senior racked up equally impressive individual accolades in the process.

Barnes started her championship run with a pair of top-notch performances at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships.  In the doubles tournament, Barnes and partner Anne Yelsey started off hot and kept on winning until the Pac-10 crown was all theirs, no small feat considering the Pac-10's depth in women's tennis.  In singles, the Cambridge, England native almost doubled her trophy haul, but bowed out in second place.  For the second straight year, Barnes' play propelled her to First-Team All-Pac-10 honors.

After achieving success at the conference level, Barnes took her game to the national stage in Athens (Ga.).  In the team competition of the NCAA Championship, perhaps Barnes' most important performance came in the quarterfinal matchup against host Georgia, where #2 singles opponent Natalie Frazier proved tougher than expected.  Although Frazier jumped to a quick 5-3 lead, Barnes didn't falter as she steadily climbed out of the deficit - taking the first set in a difficult 7-4 tiebreaker, winning the second set 6-4, and clinching the match for Stanford.  Barnes' clutch play propelled her team into the semifinals, one step closer to the national championship Stanford soon claimed.  Her fighting spirit was emblematic of her year, an inspiration to her talented teammates and a big reason she was named a co-captain.  Though Barnes played #2 singles for Stanford, she was the #1 hero in Athens and was recognized by the NCAA as the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament.

With a second straight team title for Barnes and the Cardinal in the books, it was time for the individual competition, where Barnes paired up with Burdette.  The doubles partners, unseeded but undaunted, stormed through the bracket until just one duo separated Barnes and Burdette from the NCAA Doubles Championship - teammates Amber Liu and Anne Yelsey.  Though Barnes and Burdette teamed up most of the year, it was Yelsey who played with the Brit and brought home the Pac-10 doubles title just weeks earlier.  In what must have been a highly emotional match, Barnes and Burdette claimed a 6-3, 6-4 victory for the 2005 NCAA Doubles Championship.  For their efforts, the duo was proclaimed the 2005 ITA Doubles Team of the Year and finished with a #3 ranking.

After the season's conclusion, Barnes was voted an All-American in both singles and doubles - the third consecutive year she has received All-American recognition.  Barnes' dominance extends beyond the tennis courts, as she received First-Team Pac-10 All-Academic honors for her 3.62 GPA as an Art major.

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