Stanford girls’s tennis beats rival Cal

Per week after clinching the Pac-12 common season title, No. 7 Stanford girls’s tennis (18-2, 10-0 Pac-12) took on No. 27 Cal (11-8, 7-3 Pac-12) on a sun-drenched Friday at Taube Household Tennis Middle. A season in the past, the Cardinal fell to the rival Golden Bears in Berkeley. This yr informed a distinct story as Stanford, supported by its largest crowd of the season, triumphed 6-1 in a intently contested encounter, that includes see-saw battles in each the doubles and singles matches. The win was the Cardinal’s fifteenth in a row and cemented their first good convention document since 2019.

The doubles set the tone for the day. On courtroom two, graduate scholar Sara Choy and sophomore Alexandra Yepifanova broke serve to go forward 4-3, in the end profitable 6-4 with Yepifanova holding serve and Choy angling a internet winner. Thereafter, issues tightened up. On courtroom three, the sophomore tandem of Connie Ma and Valencia Xu fell behind early at 3-4 however cast forward at 6-5 after some shaky Cal serving. In the long run, the pair prevailed in a tiebreaker which they led all through. With Xu serving at match level, Ma hit a sterling up-the-alley passing shot punctuating the 7-6 victory, bettering the duo’s document this season to 11-2. The competition on courtroom one was equally shut, as senior Angelica Blake and freshman Alexis Blokhina fell behind early however fought again to even the set at 5-5. They moved forward to 6-5 with some sturdy service returns because the courtroom three match ended, clinching the doubles level for the Cardinal and giving the workforce momentum going into the singles.

The Golden Bears struck first in singles, night the match at 1 level every when No. 16 ranked Ma, on courtroom two, succumbed in straight units to a hard-hitting Cal opponent. However quickly thereafter, Choy fought again from 0-30 at 5-5 within the first set to win 7-5. Then her exact floor strokes took over as she received the second set 6-1. Over on courtroom one, No. 24 Yepifanova saved 3 set factors earlier than forcing a tiebreaker, which she received handily. Yepifanova took that momentum into the second set, profitable the ultimate 4 video games to triumph 7-6, 6-2 — drawing the workforce to inside 1 level of a win.

Blake gave the impression to be on a straightforward path to victory on courtroom three after profitable her first set 6-1. Nevertheless, she quickly discovered herself at a 3-5 deficit in set two earlier than elevating her sport to win that set 7-5, clinching the fourth level and a Cardinal victory.

Two matches remained to be determined and each noticed Cardinal comebacks. On courtroom 4, Blokhina misplaced the primary set earlier than steadying herself after which overpowering her opponent 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. Xu was down 1-5 within the first set earlier than reeling off the following six video games to win 7-5. In set two, her consistency and tenacity prevailed as she received 7-2 in a tiebreaker for a 7-5, 7-6 triumph.

Afterwards, Peter and Helen Bing Director of Ladies’s Tennis Lele Forood stated each the doubles and singles matches have been “actually aggressive” and famous the significance of enjoying on one’s residence courtroom, the place the Cardinal girls have now received 100 of the final 106 matches. She praised her workforce’s resilience, remarking that “everybody goes to have adversity and they’ll need to push via it.”

Coach Forood stated that she very a lot favored the workforce’s kind going into the Pac-12 match, remarking that the workforce’s “play during the last three to 4 matches has been spectacular” and “we’re actually good about the place we’re at.”

The Cardinal will journey to Ojai, Calif. for the Pac-12 Event, the place their first match might be held on Thursday at 12 p.m. PT.