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.
Sometimes, all you need is a little revenge — especially against a heated rival — and there’s been no better rivalry on campus recently than the Stanford women’s tennis team and the Florida Gators.
It may have been just its second match of the year, but the Stanford women’s tennis team was in midseason form against the Oregon Ducks on Saturday.
The Bank of the West (BotW) Classic, hosted at Stanford’s Taube Family Tennis Stadium, puts some of Stanford’s finest on display against the world’s top professional female tennis players.
The Stanford women’s tennis team had representatives in every round of the NCAA Tournament this year, and thanks to some clutch play in a tiebreaker, the pairing of senior Hilary Barte and sophomore Mallory Burdette put the heartbreaking loss in the team competition in the past them and won the doubles championship on their home court. Sophomore Stacey Tan almost shocked the field by taking the singles crown, but lost in the final just before Barte and Burdette began their match.
After a nail-biting match against Northwestern in the round of 16, the No. 1 Stanford women’s tennis team rallied to continue its quest for a back-to-back national championship with a victory over Georgia in the quarterfinals Sunday afternoon.
The Stanford women made the most of their home-court advantage last weekend, easily taking their first two matches in the NCAA Tournament at Taube Family Tennis Center. The No. 2 Cardinal (25-0, 8-0 Pac-10) blanked unranked Illinois-Chicago 4-0 on Saturday before easily handling No. 27 Pepperdine, winning by the same score.
Preparing for postseason play, the Stanford women’s tennis team invited the nation’s best to the Farm as it hosted an exhibition match against the USTA Junior National Team. Stanford (23-0, 8-0 Pac-10) prevailed, 8-4.