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Zhao’s tiebreakers carry Cardinal past Virgnia, into national semifinals

Half of Stanford’s singles lineup has been to the NCAA quarterfinals before — and beyond. But while it was senior Kristie Ahn, sophomore Krista Hardebeck and junior Ellen Tsay that had experienced the pressure and stakes of a deep national tournament run before, it was the newcomers — freshmen Taylor Davidson, Caroline Doyle and Carol Zhao — that looked most at home on Saturday as No. 11 Stanford (20-2, 8-2 Pac-12) took down No. 3 Virginia (24-6, 12-2 ACC), 4-2, to clinch a spot in the Final Four.

Stanford upended by UCLA to end Pac-12 Tournament run

For as well as the Stanford men’s basketball team played on Thursday night in dominating Arizona State in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals, the Cardinal failed to remotely resemble that same squad on Friday. The second-seeded UCLA Bruins (26-8, 12-6 Pac-12) outplayed Stanford (21-12, 10-8) from the outset in Friday night’s Pac-12 semifinal, defeating the Cardinal 84-59 in a one-sided rout.