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Stanford wins first road match of season

AUSTIN, Texas -- Stanford dispatched No. 17 Texas 6-1 on Friday afternoon, kicking off its road swing through Texas that features a pair of top-25 opponents.

The Cardinal (3-0) locked up the doubles point with a pair of wins at the top of the lineup before Ellen Tsay provided the clincher for the third consecutive match.

Leading 1-0 in its first road match of the year, Stanford extended its lead to 2-0 following a 6-2, 6-0 victory from Krista Hardebeck at the No. 2 spot.

Carol Zhao followed with a 6-2, 6-3 win on court three before Tsay secured the dual with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph at the No. 5 position versus Pippa Horn.

The Longhorns (3-1) received their only point when Ratnika Batra came through with a 6-2, 6-3 win at the No. 4 position.

No. 8 California 7, San Francisco 0

BERKELEY, Calif. -- California remained perfect on the season as the Golden Bears handed San Francisco its first loss of the season 7-0 on Friday afternoon at the Channing Tennis Courts. Sophomore Klara Fabikova’s singles win versus Andrea Ka clinched the victory for the Bears, who improved their record to 3-0 after the non-conference affair. The Dons now have a 4-1 record.

The Cal duo of senior Anett Schutting and freshman Maegan Manasse drew first blood with a doubles 6-3 victory against Thyra Taune and Sofia Holmberg on court one. Fabikova and sophomore Lynn Chi secured the doubles point with their 6-3 win against Ka and Marina Nikolic on court two. On court three, the Bear pair of junior Cecilia Estlander and senior Kelly Chui added a 6-1 triumph versus USF’s Genevieve McCloskey and Milica Hadzi-Tanovic.

Senior Alice Duranteau put together a strong performance on court five, beating Hadzi-Tanovic 6-1, 6-1, to give Cal a 2-0 lead in the overall match. Schutting, ranked No. 26 in singles, followed with a 6-0, 6-4 win versus Taune on court one that pushed the lead to 3-0.

On court three, Fabikova trailed in both sets, including 4-3 in the first and 3-2 in the second. But she rebounded to beat Ka in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 to wrap up Cal’s overall win at 4-0.

Chui contributed a 6-3, 6-1 win versus McCloskey on court six to make the score 5-0. The 95th-ranked Chi, who struggled early and trailed Holmberg 4-1 to in the first set, bounced back to beat the Don 7-5, 6-3. Manasse -- ranked 31st in singles -- also won 7-5, 6-3 on court four, as she defeated Nikolic to give Cal its 7-0 win. She likewise trailed in the first set, at 5-4, but Manasse won the last three games to take the set.

No. 9 Miami (Fla.) 6, Florida Gulf Coast 1

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami (Fla.) cruised to a 6-1 dual match win against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles on Friday morning at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

The 29th-ranked duo of Monique Albuquerque and Clementina Riobueno were playing in the No. 2 doubles slot Friday and smoked Eagles Johanna Sterkel and Bettina Botha by a score of 6-1.

Playing third doubles was 55th-ranked Brittany Dubins and Stephanie Wagner. The Miami tandem made quick work of Florida Gulf Coast’s Gyanna Mandic and Breana Stampfli, shutting them out 6-0. Melissa Bolivar and Kelsey Laurente were on pace to win their match as well, leading 4-0 when Wagner and Dubins clinched the doubles point.

Albuquerque was the first off the court, taking her match against Elizabeth Means in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. Alburquerque, a junior from Brazil, has now won three singles matches in a row en route to her 4-1 spring singles record.

Also making quick work of her opponent was Lina Lileikite, who defeated her opponent 6-0, 6-2 in dominant fashion. With the win, Lileikite notched her third singles victory of the season.

Next to come off the courts was Laurente, who was playing in the No. 1 singles slot against the Eagles. Laurente proved to be too much for Sarah Means, as she raced to a 6-1, 6-0 win and kept her spring singles record unblemished at 4-0.

Wagner, ranked 32nd, won her match against Breana Stampfli by a score of 6-4, 6-2. After starting off a little slow, Wagner picked it up in the second set and won by a four-game margin.

Meanwhile, Riobueno -- playing in the No. 3 singles spot -- had just one a battle of a first set against Johanna Sterkel 7-5. Riobueno didn’t have any trouble putting away Sterkel in the second set, defeating her 6-1. With the win, Riobueno improves her spring singles record to 3-2.

In No. 6 singles, Dubins came out ahead in the first set, winning by a score of 6-2. Florida Gulf Coast’s Candela Munoz Giron flipped the score in set number two and evened the match at one set apiece. In the 10-point tiebreaker, Dubins battled came up on the wrong end, falling 10-8.

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