After fighting to a 4-3 victory over rival Cal on Saturday, No. 12 Stanford men’s tennis (14-5, 3-3 Pac-12) travels north this weekend to take on the Oregon Ducks (13-7, 1-5) on Friday before ending their tour of the Pacific Northwest against the Washington Huskies (6-15, 1-5) in Seattle on Sunday. The two matches will bring the regular season to a close for the Cardinal before the Pac-12 Championships begin on April 24 in Ojai, California.
At the same time, No. 4 Stanford women’s tennis (18-1, 9-0 Pac-12) will travel to Berkeley for a battle with the No. 14 Golden Bears (12-6, 6-3) on Saturday, marking the conclusion of the regular season. After 7-0 and 4-0 victories over fellow Pac-12 teams Utah and Colorado, respectively, the Cardinal women are looking to continue an impressive 13-game winning streak.
Unfortunately for the Cardinal, Cal is also coasting into Saturday with momentum from three consecutive wins over Pac-12 foes Washington State, Colorado and Utah.
Both the Stanford and Cal women’s teams will rely on their veteran strength in the next iteration of the historic rivalry matchup. Cal’s senior Maria Smith clinched all three of the team’s recent victories, while Stanford’s senior Melissa Lord recently earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors.
The men’s team, however, looks to capitalize on both Oregon and Washington’s multi-game losing streaks and improve to 5-3 in conference play and 16-5 overall. With a lineup adjusted to accommodate the lack of its injured top player in sophomore Axel Geller, the Cardinal relied on crucial victories from senior Sameer Kumar and junior William Genesen to topple the Golden Bears last Saturday, and may once again depend on experience to be victorious on the road, if the team continues to compete without Geller.
The men kick off action on Friday at 2:00 p.m. against Oregon, followed by Sunday’s 12:00 p.m. bout with Washington. The Cardinal women will face Cal at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Contact Savanna Stewart at savnstew ‘at’ stanford.edu.