STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford was well represented among this year's All-Pac-12 Team with four selections, as announced today by the conference office.
Senior Kristie Ahn was the Cardinal’s lone representative on the first team after receiving second team accolades last year. Freshman Carol Zhao received second team accolades while fellow rookie Taylor Davidson and sophomore Krista Hardebeck were included among the honorable mention candidates.
Meanwhile, Ahn and Zhao received ITA All-America accolades by reaching the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles Championship. Both players also have an opportunity to be recognized in doubles but would have to finish among the top-10 of the ITA rankings.
A three-time All-American, Ahn was also named ITA National Senior Player of the Year after compiling a 29-5 overall record and finishing 15-3 in duals, playing all of her matches at the No. 1 spot. Ranked No. 3 in the country, Ahn was 20-4 against nationally-ranked opponents and captured singles titles at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships and NCTC Classic. Ahn finished her career with a 97-17 overall record and never lost back-to-back matches during her time on The Farm.
Tabbed the ITA Northwest Region Player to Watch, Zhao finished 30-7 overall and 19-2 in duals, playing all but three matches at the No. 3 spot. Ranked No. 21 nationally, Zhao notched 27 of her 30 wins in straight sets and enjoyed a 17-match winning streak that spanned from Jan. 19-April 12. In addition to reaching the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Championships and ITA Northwest Regional Championships, Zhao provided the clinching point in four matches.
Davidson also put the finishing touches on an impressive debut season, earning the ITA Northwest Region Rookie of the Year honor. Davidson, who reached the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship, finished 26-8 overall and was 17-3 in duals while consistently overpowering opponents at the No. 4 spot. Ranked No. 50 nationally, Davidson also reached the quarterfinals of the ITA Northwest Region Championships.
Hardebeck is a two-time all-conference honoree, earning a spot on last year’s second team. Ranked No. 51 nationally, Hardebeck finished 17-15 overall and 11-8 in duals, playing all but one of her matches at the No. 2 position while providing the clinching point in three matches. Hardebeck also reached the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship, upsetting No. 4 seed Julia Elbaba of Virginia in her first match.