Women’s tennis opens season with 6-1 win against UC-Davis; Wrestling heads to Utah Valley and Boise State looking to build momentum
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.
Six players from the Stanford women’s tennis team were in action yesterday for the first day of the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai, Calif. Each of the six was competing individually, as the women’s conference tournament does not have a team component, unlike the Pac-12’s men’s tournament.
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.
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.