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
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.
On a sultry Saturday at Taube Family Tennis Stadium, the No. 5 Stanford women’s tennis team defeated Cal 4-3 on Senior Night to all but lock up a share of the Pac-12 championship.
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 women’s tennis team completed its seventh shutout victory in a row on Saturday, defeating Santa Clara 7-0 without any player dropping a set.