STANFORD, Calif.- Both Stanford tennis teams are back in action this weekend, highlighted by the women visiting California in a battle of top-15 teams in Berkeley.
No. 52 Stanford (3-2, 0-0 Pac-12) shifts its focus back to individual play with an appearance at the 125th Pacific Coast Doubles tournament in La Jolla, Calif.
The Cardinal is represented with five pairings in the draw: Daniel Ho/Robert Stineman, Yale Goldberg/John Morrissey, Trey Strobel/Jamin Ball, Brandon Sutter/Anthony Tsodikov and Walker Kehrer/Fawaz Hourani.
The tournament includes players from 19 schools, in addition to teaching professionals, juniors, college coaches, former tour players and independent entrants competing in the 128-team draw. Stanford has produced two of the last three champions, with Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher taking home the hardware in 2011 and 2012.
Stanford is coming off a 7-0 home loss to No. 9 California in its most recent outing. The Cardinal is currently in the midst of a stretch that features one scheduled dual match over a span of 37 days, thanks mainly in part to a pair of cancellations due to rain and this weekend’s tournament appearance.
Maciek Romanowicz is Stanford’s only nationally-ranked singles player, checking in this week at No. 52.
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No. 4 Stanford (7-0) is off to an impressive start, highlighted by last weekend’s 7-0 shutout of No. 5 Florida. The result was an uncharacteristic outcome in what has developed into the sport’s best rivalry, with the Cardinal and Gators combining to win the last four NCAA titles. Stanford has now won five of the last seven meetings overall.
No. 14 California dropped 10 spots in this week’s national poll and has lost three in a row, but the Golden Bears will have Stanford’s full attention. Not only are the Bay Area rivals familiar with each other, but California defeated Stanford 4-3 last year in Berkeley to snap the Cardinal’s eight-match winning streak in the series.
Stanford’s 7-0 shutout of Florida was perhaps its most complete performance of the year, considering the quality of the opponent. The Cardinal received contributions across the board, from its tested veterans to talented freshmen.
As a result, Stanford is well represented in the national rankings with all six singles players: Kristie Ahn (5), Taylor Davidson (21), Carol Zhao (31), Caroline Doyle (32), Ellen Tsay (35) and Krista Hardebeck (39).
Two doubles teams are ranked: Ahn/Zhao (14) and Davidson/Tsay (37).