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Rivalry Lives Up To The Hype
Courtesy: Brian Risso  
Release: 02/21/2014

STANFORD, Calif.- Not only have Stanford and Florida combined to win the last four NCAA championships, but even the regular-season matches can only be classified as edge-of-your-seat thrillers.

The sport’s best rivalry can be traced back to four years ago, when Stanford defeated Florida 4-3 to claim the 2010 NCAA title.

Over the last four years, the powerhouses have hooked up six times, with Stanford collecting four victories.

Here is a look back at those matches.

May 25, 2010: No. 8 Stanford 4, No. 3 Florida 3 – NCAA Championship – Athens, Ga.

Trailing 5-4 in the third set, Mallory Burdette rattled off three consecutive games to secure a thrilling 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-5 victory over Florida's Marrit Boonstra.

When it was all said and done, the freshman from Jackson, Ga., was being mobbed by her teammates on court three, sister and current senior Lindsay had won a national championship in her final career match and the Stanford women's tennis program was once again back on top.

Mallory Burdette’s three-set victory clinched a dramatic 4-3 victory for No. 8 Stanford over No. 3 Florida in the national title match on Tuesday afternoon at the 2010 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships.

DOUBLES
1) No. 2 Barte/L. Burdette (STAN) d. No. 5 Boonstra/Will (FLA) 8-4
2) No. 29 Embree/Mather (FLA) d. No. 56 M. Burdette/Tan (STAN) 8-1
3) Hitimana/Revzina (FLA) d. Li/McVeigh (STAN) 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3

SINGLES
1) No. 9 Lauren Embree (FLA) d. No. 4 Hilary Barte (STAN) 6-4, 6-3
2) No. 83 Lindsay Burdette (STAN) d. No. 8 Allie Will (FLA) 6-3, 6-3
3) No. 33 Mallory Burdette (STAN) d. No. 65 Marrit Boonstra (FLA) 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-5
4) No. 86 Stacey Tan (STAN) d. No. 102 Anastasia Revzina (FLA) 6-2, 6-2
5) Joanna Mather (FLA) d. Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
6) Veronica Li (STAN) d. No. 107 Caroline Hitimana (FLA) 6-3, 7-5
Order of Finish: 4, 2, 1, 6, 5, 3

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Feb. 21, 2011: No. 1 Stanford 4, No. 2 Florida 2 – ITA National Team Indoor Championships – Charlottesville, Va.

Stacey Tan's three-set victory powered No. 1 Stanford to a 4-2 win over No. 2 Florida on Monday morning in the championship match of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

Stanford (9-0, 0-0 Pac-10) captured its first indoor tournament title since 2006, when the Cardinal blanked Texas 4-0 in Madison, Wis.

The Cardinal was unstoppable throughout its tournament run over the weekend, receiving contributions at essentially every position of its loaded singles and doubles lineups. Only Florida and No. 8 Michigan (4-1) managed to come away with points in their match, as No. 19 Arkansas and No. 4 North Carolina were both defeated 4-0.

DOUBLES
1) No. 3 Barte/Burdette (STAN) d. No. 1 Will/Oyen (FLA) 8-5
2) No. 30 Embree/Mather (FLA) d. Ahn/Gibbs (STAN) 8-2
3) McVeigh/Tan (STAN) d. Cercone/Janowicz (FLA) 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3

SINGLES
1) No. 2 Hilary Barte (STAN) vs. No. 7 Allie Will (FLA) aban.
2) No. 36 Lauren Embree (FLA) d. No. 22 Mallory Burdette (STAN) 6-4, 6-4
3) No. 20 Kristie Ahn (STAN) d. Sofie Oyen (FLA) 6-4, 6-2
4) No. 21 Nicole Gibbs (STAN) d. No. 19 Joanna Mather (FLA) 7-6 (2), 6-3
5) No. 87 Stacey Tan (STAN) d. No. 40 Alex Cercone (FLA) 7-5, 3-6, 6-4
6) No. 31 Olivia Janowicz (FLA) d. Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 3, 4, 5

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May 24, 2011: No. 1 Florida 4, No. 2 Stanford 3 – NCAA Championship – Stanford, Calif.

Lauren Embree's thrilling 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory over Mallory Burdette at the No. 2 position lifted Florida to a 4-3 victory over Stanford in the 2011 NCAA championship match on Tuesday night at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

The Gators (31-1) captured their first national title since 2003 and avenged last year's 4-3 national championship loss to Stanford in Athens, Ga.

Tuesday's setback was Stanford's first since a 6-1 defeat at UCLA back on Feb. 26, 2010, a stretch of 47 consecutive wins. Additionally, Florida became the first opponent to win a dual match on Stanford's home court since California posted a 5-4 victory back on Feb. 27, 1999. The NCAA-record streak spanned more than 12 seasons, resulted in 184 consecutive wins and featured a pair of national championships (2002, 2006).

DOUBLES
1) No. 3 Barte/Burdette (STAN) vs. No. 2 Cercone/Will (FLA) aban.
2) No. 45 Embree/Oyen (FLA) d. Gibbs/Li (STAN) 8-3
3) Hitimana/Mather (FLA) d. No. 74 McVeigh/Tan (STAN) 8-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3

SINGLES
1) No. 3 Hilary Barte (STAN) d. No. 7 Allie Will (FLA) 6-2, 6-4
2) No. 17 Lauren Embree (FLA) d. No. 22 Mallory Burdette (STAN) 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (6)
3) No. 18 Nicole Gibbs (STAN) d. No. 91 Sofie Oyen (FLA) 6-4, 7-5
4) No. 43 Stacey Tan (STAN) d. No. 42 Joanna Mather (FLA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
5) No. 54 Alex Cercone (FLA) d. Veronica Li (STAN) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
6) Olivia Janowicz (FLA) d. Carolyn McVeigh (STAN) 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 2

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Feb. 12, 2012: No. 2 Stanford 5, No. 1 Florida 2 – Stanford, Calif.

In one of the most highly-anticipated regular season matches in school history, No. 2 Stanford defeated No. 1 Florida 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Both squads elected not to participate in this year's National Team Indoor Championships, instead agreeing to a rare home-and-home series between national powers that will commence next year in Gainesville. Last year's final at the National Team Indoor Championships pitted Stanford against Florida, with the Cardinal prevailing 4-2.

Perhaps setting the tone for the match, Mallory Burdette breezed past Lauren Embree at the No. 2 position by a 6-1, 6-2 score. Burdette, who clinched Stanford's NCAA championship in 2010 as a freshman, dropped the deciding match against Embree one year ago in Florida's title run. On Sunday, Burdette was first off the court and put Stanford in front 2-0.

DOUBLES
1) No. 1 Burdette/Gibbs d. No. 10 Cercone/Will (FLA) 8-3
2) Tan/Tsay (STAN) d. Embree/Oyen (FLA) 8-3
3) Ahn/Li (STAN) d. Caroline Hitimana/Mather (FLA) 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3

SINGLES
1) No. 3 Allie Will (FLA) d. No. 5 Nicole Gibbs (STAN) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
2) No. 1 Mallory Burdette (STAN) d. No. 25 Lauren Embree (FLA) 6-1, 6-2
3) Stacey Tan (STAN) d. No. 4 Joanna Mather (FLA) 7-6 (5), 6-3
4) Kristie Ahn (STAN) d. No. 41 Alex Cercone (FLA) 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (4)
5) No. 34 Sofie Oyen (FLA) d. No. 31 Ellen Tsay (STAN) 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (1)
6) Veronica Li (STAN) d. Olivia Janowicz (FLA) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 3, 5, 4, 1

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Feb. 24, 2013: No. 4 Florida 4, No. 13 Stanford 2 – Gainesville, Fla.

In perhaps the most highly-anticipated regular-season dual in women's college tennis, No. 13 Stanford suffered a 4-2 loss at No. 4 Florida on Sunday in a matchup of programs that have combined to win the last three NCAA championships.

The latest chapter of what has become a hotly-contested rivalry was won by Florida (6-1, 0-0 SEC), which rallied to claim four singles matches after dropping the doubles point.

Sunday's contest marked the first time Stanford and Florida had squared off in a regular-season dual in Gainesville in 20 years. The Cardinal now leads the all-time series 17-13.

DOUBLES

1) Ahn/Gibbs (STAN) d. Embree/Oyen (FLA) 8-4
2) Tan/Tsay (STAN) d. Danielle Collins/Janowicz (FLA) 8-5
3) Dillon/Hardebeck (STAN) vs. Cercone/Morgan (FLA) unfinished
Order of Finish: 1, 2

SINGLES
1) Nicole Gibbs (STAN) vs. No. 4 Lauren Embree (FLA) unfinished
2) No. 9 Sofie Oyen (FLA) d. No. 68 Kristie Ahn (STAN) 6-2, 6-2
3) No. 116 Alexandra Cercone (FLA) d. No. 10 Krista Hardebeck (STAN) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
4) Brianna Morgan (FLA) d. No. 98 Stacey Tan (STAN) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
5) No. 33 Ellen Tsay (STAN) d. No. 44 Danielle Collins (FLA) 6-2, 6-2
6) Olivia Janowicz (FLA) d. Lindsey Kostas (STAN) 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 2, 3, 4

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May 20, 2013: No. 12 Stanford 4, No. 1 Florida 3 – NCAA Semifinal – Urbana, Ill.

Florida, meet Krista Hardebeck. Stanford, meet Texas A&M.

No. 12 Stanford's prized freshman introduced herself to the Stanford-Florida rivalry in a big way on Monday night, clinching a 4-3 victory and spot in Tuesday's national championship match against the No. 3 Aggies, who will be playing for their first crown in school history.

Florida (26-3, 12-1 SEC) was bidding to three-peat as national champions, but those hopes were derailed by Hardebeck, who notched her team-leading 34th overall victory and displayed incredible composure in a thrilling 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over Alexandra Cercone at the No. 3 spot.

It was the second straight contest in which Hardebeck had provided the clincher, following up Sunday's three-set triumph in a 4-1 rout of No. 4 Georgia.

DOUBLES
1) No. 8 Ahn/Gibbs (STAN) d. No. 11 Embree/Oyen (FLA) 8-3
2) No. 28 Tan/Tsay (STAN) d. Cercone/Hitimana (FLA) 8-3
3) Danielle Collins/Morgan (FLA) led Dillon/Hardebeck (STAN) 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 2

SINGLES
1) No. 13 Nicole Gibbs (STAN) d. No. 1 Lauren Embree (FLA) 6-0, 6-1
2) No. 25 Kristie Ahn (STAN) d. No. 17 Sofie Oyen (FLA) 6-1, 6-4
3) No. 14 Krista Hardebeck (STAN) d. No. 51 Alexandra Cercone (FLA) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-3
4) No. 89 Brianna Morgan (FLA) d. No. 103 Stacey Tan (STAN) 6-1, 6-3
5) No. 123 Olivia Janowicz (FLA) d. No. 92 Ellen Tsay (STAN) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
6) Caroline Hitimana (FLA) d. Natalie Dillon (STAN) 1-6, 6-1, 6-0
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 4, 6, 5, 3


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