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Published May 24, 2004

ATHENS, Ga. - Erin Burdette won the deciding match for Stanford for the second time in three years as the Cardinal earned the NCAA women's tennis championship Sunday with a 4-1 victory over UCLA.

Winning its third championship under fourth-year coach Lele Forood, Stanford (29-0) went unbeaten for the second time since 2001.

As a freshman, Burdette beat Florida's Alexis Gordon in No. 4 singles to clinch the Cardinal's last national title. Stanford lost the national championship last year to Florida 4-3.


FLORIDA 5, TENNESSEE 3: Ben Harrison hit a three-run homer to help the visiting Gators deny the Vols a sweep of the three-game series. UF (38-18, 17-13 SEC) opens the conference tournament Wednesday as the No. 6 seed and plays No. 3 LSU at 10 a.m. in Hoover, Ala.


PAYING FOR AUBURN COACHING SEARCH: Chicago-based executive recruiter John Mengelt will be paid $100,000 by Auburn for his role in finding new coaches for the men's and women's programs.

Mengelt, an All-American at Auburn in the '70s and now the head of Breckenridge Partners, said the fee "was far less than what I might charge" for executive searches. His clients include some top corporations.

Mengelt said he agreed to participate in the searches because of his "love for Auburn University."

The coach-search fee charged "was mostly dictated by the school," he told the Birmingham News for a story Sunday.

Mengelt assisted Hal Baird, the Auburn athletic assistant to the president, with the searches that produced Jeff Lebo as the men's coach and Nell Fortner as the women's coach.


CAVS WOMEN TAKE TITLE: Virginia defeated two-time defending champion Princeton 10-4 to win the women's championship. The Cavaliers, who won their third national title, ended host Princeton's 28-game winning streak.

MEN: Sean Lindsay scored with five seconds left in regulation to give fourth-seeded Syracuse a comeback 8-7 victory over Georgetown in Ithaca, N.Y. The win puts the Orange into the Final Four for the 22nd straight time. Earlier, Graham Gill scored twice to lift Navy past Cornell 6-5 and into the Final Four.

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