The underclassmen are already taking command. Led by a trio of young gunners—freshmen drivers Bret Bonanni and B.J. Churnside along with sophomore utility Alex Bowen—Stanford took third place in the NorCal Invitational this weekend at the Avery Aquatic Center.
It was a historic day for Stanford women’s tennis at the NCAA Tennis Championships, as an all-Cardinal final in the singles draw was followed by a doubles title just hours later. Sophomore Nicole Gibbs defeated junior teammate Mallory Burdette for the individual championship before the two joined forces to take the doubles crown 6-2, 6-4.
Just two players, sophomore Nicole Gibbs and junior Mallory Burdette, are left carrying the torch for Stanford women’s tennis at the NCAA Championship, as both won their second round singles matches this morning and advanced to the quarterfinal round. Gibbs and Burdette also combined to win their first round match in the doubles draw.
In each of the past two seasons, the No. 5 Stanford women’s tennis team has reached the finals of the NCAA tournament, but the Cardinal will not complete the trifecta, as its season came to an end after a 4-2 loss to USC in the quarterfinals in Athens, Ga.
The Stanford women’s tennis team defeated Northwestern 4-1 in the NCAA tournament round of 16 yesterday morning. With the victory, the Cardinal advanced into the quarterfinals, where it will see a rematch against Pac-12 co-champion USC. Four-seed Stanford (21-1, 9-1 Pac-12) and five-seed USC (23-3, 9-1) shared the Pac-12 regular season title this year, as both teams finished with only one loss in the conference. That one loss for the Trojans was a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Cardinal just over a month ago.
The No. 5 Stanford women’s tennis team took the first step towards a third straight NCAA tournament finals matchup by defeating Stony Brook and Yale at home in the first two rounds of the tournament. Stanford now travels to Athens, Ga., where it will likely face multiple Pac-12 teams, including the only team to have beaten the Cardinal all year, top-seeded UCLA.