BERKELEY, Calif.- No. 37 Stanford knocked off No. 16 California 4-2 on Saturday afternoon, spoiling Senior Day in Berkeley and earning a signature win that will likely secure an NCAA Tournament berth.
The Cardinal (14-4, 5-2 Pac-12) had spent all season successfully grinding out tight matches (4-0 in outcomes decided by a 4-3 margin) and beating opponents it was favored against. Instead, Stanford’s four losses have all come against top-10 teams.
Saturday’s victory should provide Stanford, which has climbed 15 spots in the national rankings over the last two weeks, another boost in the poll. The Cardinal, which also owns a quality win over No. 22 Boise State, now enters next week’s Pac-12 Championships as the No. 3 seed ahead of the Golden Bears (14-6, 4-3 Pac-12).
John Morrissey’s 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ben McLachlan at the No. 1 spot clinched the match for Stanford, which had been blanked 7-0 by California back on Feb. 22 at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
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