May 30, 2013
STANFORD, Calif.- Both Stanford tennis teams were honored with multiple selections to their respective 2013 Pac-12 All-Academic teams on Thursday, as announced by Commissioner Larry Scott.
To be eligible for selection to the Pac-12 All-Academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.
The men's team was represented with five honorees. Jamin Ball (3.69 - Management Science and Engineering), Denis Lin (3.85 - Mechanical Engineering) and Robert Stineman (3.78 - Undeclared) earned spots on the First Team. John Morrissey (3.51 - Undeclared) was named to the Second Team while Daniel Ho was recognized among the Honorable Mention picks.
Three members of the women's team earned accolades, led by Ellen Tsay (3.84 - Biology) as a selection to the First Team. Natalie Dillon and Nicole Gibbs were included among the Honorable Mention choices.
On the men's side, Stanford (12-12, 3-4 Pac-12) qualified for its 35th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance, finished ranked No. 42 in the country and improved tremendously since the start of the dual match season despite battling through multiple injuries to key regulars. The Cardinal, which fought until the final weekend to lock up an at-large postseason berth, navigated through a grueling schedule that featured nine opponents ranked among the top-20 while finishing fourth in one of the nation's most challenging conferences. Stanford's six-member singles lineup featured five underclassmen.
The most storied program in women's college tennis, Stanford (22-4, 8-2 Pac-12) captured its 18th national championship (17 NCAA, 1 AIAW), defeating No. 3 Texas A&M in a 4-3 thriller in Urbana, Illinois. No. 12 Stanford became the lowest-seeded team to win an NCAA title, knocking off No. 5 USC, No. 4 Georgia and No. 1 Florida in a span of four days prior to reaching the final. The championship also extended Stanford's record streak of 37 years in a row with at least one NCAA title. Earning its first NCAA crown since 2010, Stanford received contributions from everyone in what turned out to be an emotional stretch of heart-stopping comebacks and heroic moments.