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.
This Sunday, No. 2 Stanford will get a chance at revenge against top-ranked Florida following last year’s loss to the Gators in the national championship.
The Stanford women’s tennis team reappeared on the Taube Family Tennis Center courts to kick off its 2012 campaign without a home winning streak, without former No. 1 player Hilary Barte and without holding the top spot in the ITA national rankings
Stanford tennis fans will have to wait two more weeks to witness the Cardinal in action at home, but the players have been busy gaining match-play practice in anticipation of their dual-season opener.
Stanford women’s tennis rings in the New Year ranked No. 2 behind the Florida Gators, the same team it lost the NCAA title to last May after entering the postseason as the overwhelming favorite. Its slip from the top spot is not the only difference from last year–the Card graduated half of last spring’s national championship doubles pair, Hilary Barte, as well as Carolyn McVeigh and Jennifer Yen–but returns seven players and adds one freshman. Roster updates aside, the Cardinal is ready for a fresh start and a new mentality–“No regrets.”
The Stanford women’s tennis team is already back at work, kicking off its 2011-12 campaign this month and rebounding from a heartbreaking loss to Florida in last year’s NCAA Championship match to start the year on a good note.
After suffering a heartbreaking defeat in the team portion of the NCAA National Championship Tuesday night, senior Hilary Barte, freshman Nicole Gibbs and sophomore Stacey Tan are moving forward and focusing their attention on a quest for an NCAA individual title. Each successfully survived the round of 32 on Thursday and will appear in the round of 16 today. Barte and sophomore Mallory Burdette also coasted into the doubles round of 16 with their victory over Michaela Kissell and Dominica Zaprazna of Marshall.
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.