AUSTIN, Texas- No. 1 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 over 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.
Stanford visits No. 22 Rice on Saturday at 10 a.m. PT to close out the trip.
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No. 1 Stanford 6, No. 17 Texas 1
1) No. 15 Ahn/Zhao (STAN) d. No. 21 Addison/Horn (TEX) 6-2
2) No. 16 Davidson/Tsay (STAN) d. Begley/Koprcina (TEX) 6-3
3) Batra/Padegimaite (TEX) led Doyle/Hardebeck (STAN) 5-3, unfinished
Order of Finish: 1, 2
1) No. 6 Kristie Ahn (STAN) d. No. 22 Breaunna Addison (TEX) 6-4, 6-3
2) Krista Hardebeck (STAN) d. Elizabeth Begley (TEX) 6-2, 6-0
3) No. 40 Carol Zhao (STAN) d. Neda Koprcina (TEX) 6-2, 6-3
4) No. 77 Ratnika Batra (TEX) d. No. 34 Caroline Doyle (STAN) 6-2, 6-3
5) No. 94 Ellen Tsay (STAN) d. Pippa Horn (TEX) 6-1, 6-4
6) No. 41 Taylor Davidson (STAN) d. Lina Padegimaite (TEX) 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 5, 4, 1, 6
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Matches over the next month will be played under the experimental rules format. For women’s matches, the rules are as follows:
The dual match will consist of three doubles matches played first (worth a total of one point), followed by six singles matches, each individual match worth one point. Four points are required to win the team match.
The three doubles matches will each consist of one set, with regular scoring and a tie-breaker at 6 all. Once a team has won two doubles matches, the remaining doubles match shall not be completed.
Six singles matches will follow the doubles. Each singles match is two out of three sets, with each set using regular scoring, and a match tie-breaker in lieu of the third set.
All singles matches will be played to completion unless both coaches agree to do otherwise.
There will be no warm-up against opponents before the first point is played in doubles and singles: players will be expected to warm- up with their own team prior to the scheduled match time.