Cardinal Tennis Too Strong For Cougars
March 27, 2004
LEWISTON, Idaho - The No. 49 Washington State women's tennis team faced six ranked opponents in singles and the No. 1-ranked doubles team in their first 7-0 loss of the season to No. 1 Stanford Saturday in Lewiston.
The match was moved from Pullman to an indoor tennis facility in Lewiston because of inclement weather.
"Despite the loss I felt like we played much better tennis today than we did against Cal," Washington State Head Coach Lisa Hart said. "Everyone played well on every court, there wasn't one person who didn't step up."
Cougars Orsolya Sallai and Chris Martinez faced Lauren Barnikow and Erin Burdette who hold the No. 1 position. Sallai and Martinez, who enjoyed a 6-4 lead, could not hold off the Cardinal standouts and lost 8-6. The No. 45 Cougar pair Lorena Arias and Zsofia Fodor also fell 8-6 to their opponents Alice Barnes and Amber Liu in No. 2 doubles. In the No. 3 position Nora Gaal and Zorana Roganovic were knocked off by Emilia Anderson and Anne Yelsey, 8-4.
The Cougars could not find weakness in singles play either. Arias continued her stint in the No. 1 singles position, but found no success as No. 33 Liu put her down 6-2, 6-2. Sallai came up short in No. 2 singles as she was defeated by No. 15 Alice Barnes, 6-4, 6-3. Coming off of her victory against Cal's No. 26 Sasha Podkolzina, Gaal was defeated in straight sets by No. 36 Lauren Barnikow, 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 3 slot.
The bottom half of Stanford's line-up gave the Cougars no relief. In the No. 4 position No. 24-ranked Cardinal Theresa Logar was too much for Martinez who was put away, 6-0, 6-0. Freshman Amy Toth faced ranked competition for the second time this season in No. 5 singles, and fell to No. 95 Yelsey, in the only three set match of the day, 6-1, 5-7, 6-0. In No. 6 singles Fodor was knocked off, 6-1, 6-3, by No. 49 Story Tweedie-Yates.
The Stanford Cardinal team is comprised of 11 players, eight of which rank in the top 100 nationally in singles.
"We really played excellent tennis," Hart said. "But credit Stanford, they've got a great team."
The Cougars have faced ranked opponents in 13 of 15 dual matches this season. Next the Cougars will take off to face the Arizona schools beginning Friday, April 2 with Arizona.
WSU RESULTS Doubles Barnikow/Burdette def. Sallai/Martinez, 8-6 Barnes/Liu def. Arias/Fodor, 8-6 Anderson//Yelsey def. Gaal/Roganovic, 8-4