As the Stanford women’s tennis team heads into its 30th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament this weekend, the 2010 NCAA title isn’t the only thing it will be defending. The No. 2 Cardinal will look to extend its NCAA-record home winning streak to an eye-popping 180 consecutive matches when the first and second rounds of the NCAAs commence this weekend at the Taube Family Tennis Center.
Stanford will be sending a sizeable contingent to Ojai, including freshmen Kristie Ahn and Nicole Gibbs, sophomores Mallory Burdette and Stacey Tan and junior Veronica Li in the singles main draw. Stanford also has two doubles teams in the main draw, including Ahn/Gibbs and a pairing of Tan and senior Carolyn McVeigh. The Invitational division will include freshmen Elizabeth Ecker and Amelia Herring, sophomore Natalie Dillon and McVeigh in singles. In Invitational doubles, Stanford will send Burdette/Dillon and Herring/Li.
After completing its regular season as the only undefeated Division I women’s tennis team in the nation, Stanford is set to host the USTA Junior National Team in an exhibition match this Friday. The No. 1 Cardinal knocked off No. 9 Cal by the score of 5-2 last Saturday to end the season with its third Pac-10 title in the last four years.
With a 6-1 win over St. Mary’s at the Taube Tennis Stadium on Thursday afternoon, the No. 2 Stanford women’s tennis team increased its record-breaking NCAA home winning streak to 179 victories, the longest string of home wins in all of Division I athletics. The Cardinal (22-0, 7-0 Pac-10) has also won forty-one straight matches, with its last defeat dating back to February 2010 against UCLA.
How do you get noticed as a sports program, and a women’s one at that, when you’re competing in the sea of top-tier programs that make up Cardinal athletics? Try quickly rising to No. 6 in the nation and being the only team of its kind in the state of California.
After coming off a SoCal sweep last weekend where it defeated top-ranked Pac-10 rivals No. 6 UCLA and No. 14 USC, the Cardinal looks ahead to another double-header weekend with matches against No. 13 Arizona State and No. 30 Arizona.
The Stanford women’s tennis team continued to demonstrate its dominance as it easily disposed of two Pac-10 rivals over the weekend
Fresh off claiming the title at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend, the women’s tennis team looks to keep the momentum rolling with matches against two Pac-10 rivals, the Oregon Ducks and the Washington State Cougars, this weekend.