Stanford's Gibbs eliminates Addison in straight sets to reach consecutive final
URBANA, Ill. -- Collecting her consecutive 6-1, 6-1 victory, Stanford junior Nicole Gibbs needed only 54 minutes to dismiss No. 31 Breaunna Addison of Texas on Sunday afternoon in the semifinals of the NCAA singles championship.
Fresh off another dominating performance, Gibbs stands on the doorstep of repeating as the NCAA singles champion.
In a match that was played indoors due to weather, Gibbs led 2-0 in the first set before Addison trimmed the deficit to 2-1.
Gibbs answered by ripping off seven consecutive games before Addison eventually got back on the scoreboard at 3-1 in the second set.
Stanford blanked Texas 7-0 this year during the regular season, although Gibbs and Addison did not face off during that match.
Addison, a talented freshman, is competing in her first semester of collegiate tennis.
In the Cardinal's previous matchup with the Longhorns, Addison, competing at the No. 2 spot for Texas, suffered a 6-4, 7-5 loss at the hands of Kristie Ahn.
Monday's championship match will pit Gibbs against Nebraska's Mary Weatherholt, who defeated Alabama's Alexa Guarachi 6-0, 6-3 on Sunday.
Gibbs is bidding to become Stanford's first repeat NCAA singles champion since Amber Liu accomplished the feat in 2003-04.
Gibbs, who improved to 29-1 in May during her career, has now won 13 consecutive matches. She closed out the 2011-12 campaign by winning 17 matches in a row.
Gibbs can also become the first player to capture the NCAA team and singles crowns in the same season since Duke's Mallory Cecil in 2009 at College Station, Texas.