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Stanford’s tennis teams prepare for final home matches

No. 64 ranked senior Melissa Lord (above) is 12-4 on the season in individual play. Her performance in singles and doubles has helped the Cardinal to a 10-game winning streak. (MIKE KHEIR/The Stanford Daily)

Stanford’s No. 4 ranked men’s and No. 20 ranked women’s tennis teams will close out the regular season this weekend with three total home meets and high expectations. On Friday, the women’s team will host No. 42 California at 11 a.m., and the men’s team will face No. 36 Oregon at 2 p.m., both meets held at Taube Family Tennis Stadium. After the men host Washington at 3 p.m. on Saturday, both teams will be busy preparing for the Pac-12 championships the following week.

The men’s team (18-2, 5-1 Pac-12) is facing Oregon (15-7, 3-3) for the second time this season. Having defeated the Ducks 4-0 in January, the Cardinal are expected to increase their 32-3 all-time record against the team with a home sweep.

If Stanford can secure a second home win Saturday against Washington (13-0, 2-4) — against whom it has a 41-3 record — the Cardinal will have a shot at the Pac-12 regular season title. This is contingent on a UCLA loss to Utah on Friday, as the Bruins currently sit undefeated in the Pac-12. With two home wins, the Cardinal could increase their currently undefeated home record to 11-0.

The women’s team (14-3, 8-0), also playing on Friday, seeks to increase its 10-match winning streak and automatically secure the Pac-12 regular season title with a win against school rival California (11-7, 6-3).

After a sweep of the Pacific Northwest last weekend and brilliant performances by singles star freshman Janice Shin, sophomore standout Emma Higuchi and two nationally ranked doubles pairs, victories against Cal and at the Pac-12 championships are in the forecast.

On a reflective note, the men’s team intends to use their final season meets to celebrate the accomplishments of their graduating seniors. The team wishes to thank Tom Fawcett and David Wilczynski, all-time school record holders in doubles play and combined holders of 150+ singles victories over four years.

On April 20th, come out to Taube Family Tennis Stadium at 11 a.m. PT to root for the women’s team against Cal and 2 p.m. PT to root for another Oregon defeat by the men’s team. Both meets will be available for streaming on the Pac-12 networks.

On April 21st, cheer on senior men’s stars in their last season meet against Washington at Taube beginning at 3 p.m. PT.

After concluding the regular season this week, the men’s and women’s teams will head to the Pac-12 championships in Ojai, California to compete from the 25th-28th.

Contact Sylvie Ashford at sylviash “at” stanford.edu

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