Stanford upends No. 9 California for second victory against top 20
STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford cruised past No. 9 California 6-1 on Saturday at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium in the latest chapter of the competitive Bay Area rivalry series.
Bouncing back from a 4-2 loss at No. 4 Florida six days before, Stanford responded with a solid all-around performance while notching its second win against a top-20 foe this year.
Stanford has now won seven in a row against California dating back to April 18, 2009.
Saturday's contest represented the first of six consecutive home matches for the Cardinal. Saturday's result will not factor into the conference standings, as the April 19 rematch in Berkeley will serve as the Pac-12 counting match.
Tied through two matches in doubles, Stanford locked up a 1-0 lead when the No. 2 duo of Stacey Tan and Ellen Tsay put away Cal's Kelly Chui and Klara Fabikova 8-4. Stanford captured the doubles point in all but one match this year.
The Cardinal quickly jumped ahead 3-0 following victories at the top of the lineup. Kristie Ahn defeated Lynn Chi 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 2 spot before Nicole Gibbs easily handled Anett Schutting 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 1 position.
That left four matches on court, with Krista Hardebeck and Tsay to provide the clincher.
Hardebeck ultimately secured the match with her team-leading 17th victory of the year, taking down Fabikova 6-3, 7-5 at No. 3.
Tsay followed shortly after with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph on court five, while Tan prevailed in a three-setter at No. 4.
California grabbed its only point of the match at No. 6, where Alice Duranteau downed Lindsey Kostas 7-6, 6-2.