Now the Cardinal faces its true test in Athens, Ga. Fourth-seeded Stanford (20-1, 9-1 Pac-12) traveled cross-country on Monday morning in preparation for its match against 13th-seeded Northwestern today
It’s finally May Madness in the world of college tennis, and the Stanford women’s team is looking to avenge its heartbreaking loss in last year’s NCAA championship match with a victory this year
With a 7-0 sweep over Washington State in Ojai, Calif., today, the Stanford women’s tennis team officially brought its regular season to a close
The Stanford women’s tennis team will close out its regular season with a hugely important conference rematch against cross-bay rival California this weekend. The first matchup, which No. 5 Stanford (16-1, 7-1 Pac-12) won 5-2 in early March, did not count toward Pac-12 standings. With the conference title race completely up in the air after UCLA beat Stanford last weekend, No. 10 Cal (17-5, 8-1 Pac-12) will have the chance to avenge its loss and capture its own piece of the Pac-12 title.
UCLA handed the Stanford women’s tennis team its first loss of the season on Saturday, shattering the Cardinal’s undefeated season with a 5-2 victory. More importantly, the match ended the Cardinal’s regular-season home-winning streak at 157, with the last defeat on the Farm dating back to Feb. 27, 1999.
The No. 6 Cardinal (14-0, 6-0 Pac-12) will be aiming high in its final nonconference match of the season against the unranked Broncos. In the past two weeks, Stanford has delivered four straight devastating blows to its opponents. The Stanford women defeated No. 51 UNLV, No. 27 Arizona State, No. 28 Arizona and most recently the unranked Cal Poly Mustangs, all without dropping a match.
With a weekend spent more in transit than on the courts, the No. 11 Cardinal continued to cruise as it flew by No. 7 Cal (6-4) on Friday with a 5-2 beating and finished off business at No. 28 Washington on Sunday with a 6-1 victory.
tanford will take on No. 7 California this Friday and then travel north to Washington to face the No. 28 Huskies in a double-header weekend. Although the Stanford players don’t pay much attention to the rankings, this weekend’s matches will nonetheless provide the team with an opportunity to prove itself. Cal especially will be a tough test for the Cardinal as both squads have nationally ranked singles players backed up by deep lineups.