Disrespected Stanford Wins Another NCAA Title

On Sunday night at Taube Tennis Center, Stanford won their second consecutive women's NCAA tennis title, blitzing top-seeded Florida, 4-1.

With a winning backhand volley, freshman Erin Burdette won the clinching match at #4 singles, 7-6, 6-2.

Stanford had won the doubles point when Lauren Kalvaria and Gabriela Lastra won 8-6 at #1 doubles. The Cardinal had also won at #3 doubles (Story Tweedie-Yates and Keiko Tokuda). In singles play, Stanford was victorious at #5 (Tokuda won 6-3, 6-1) and #6 singles (Emilia Anderson won 6-4, 6-4) before Burdette clinched the match at #4. Florida had won at #3 and the the top two singles matches were both stopped in the third set when the Cardinal clinched the title.

The Cardinal's lone dual match loss this season came against.Georgia, 4-3, at the National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, WI in February. The Cardinal was missing its top player, Lauren Kalvaria (currently ranked #4 in the nation) and still almost pulled out the victory. Florida and Georgia each lost a match during the season and many observers were outraged as to Stanford being seeded #3 in this tourney. The gutty Cardinal team, lead by coach Lele Forood, proved the seeding committee 100% wrong by shutting out Georgia 4-0 in the semis and then dominating the Gators on Sunday.

Full report from GoStanford.com


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