In the Summer Issue of The Bootleg Magazine, we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2005/2006 school-year.
The criteria are as follows:
Each academic year, The Bootlegs 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 Candice Wiggins amongst this year's winners. Our second announced member of the The Bootleg's 2005-06 Honor Roll is women's tennis performer Alice Barnes.
Not that captaining women's tennis for two years -- to its second and third straight national titles and more than half its NCAA-record 107 consecutive victories is not merit enough -- but we at The Bootleg would have given Alice Barnes the Honor Roll nod on the strength of her adorable British accent alone. Luckily for the integrity of the award, there was no need.
This year, Barnes earned the Most Outstanding Performer nod at the NCAA Championships for the third straight year. In singles, she posted a 35-8 mark at the 'two' slot (speaking volumes about Stanford's depth) en route to a No. 3 final ranking nationally. In doubles, Barnes and junior Anne Yelsey piled up a 24-1 record in the regular season as Barnes picked up her third Pac-10 Doubles Title in the process.
Though they did trip up in the NCAA individual semifinals, Barnes and Yelsey's come-from-behind 9-7 doubles victory in the NCAA Team Championship against Miami showed an inner grit few athletes possess. Stanford kept it quiet at the time, but Yelsey was so injured that it hurt her to get out of bed that morning. Though the scoreboard would not reflect this reality for hours, the duo's galvanizing victory clinched the national title for the Cardinal.
Barnes leaves the Farm a three-time team champion, an NCAA Doubles Champion (2005), a two-time member of the ITA Doubles Team of the Year (2005, 2006) and a four-time All-American.
Most impressively of all, Barnes racked up all the honors the right way. This June, she earned the Al Masters Award, Stanford Athletics' highest honor, presented annually "to the Stanford athlete attaining the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership, and academic achievement." A champion on and off the field, Alice Barnes, we salute you.
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