STANFORD, Calif.- Both Stanford tennis teams were honored with multiple selections to their respective 2014 Pac-12 All-Academic teams on Thursday, as announced by Commissioner Larry Scott.
To be eligible for selection to the Pac-12 All-Academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.
The men's team was represented with seven honorees. Maciek Romanowicz (3.76 – Undeclared), Jamin Ball (3.73 – Management Science and Engineering) and Robert Stineman (3.70 – Chemistry) earned spots on the first team. Trey Strobel (3.69 – Undeclared), Anthony Tsodikov (3.67 – Undeclared) and John Morrissey (3.54 – International Relations) were named to the second team while Daniel Ho was recognized among the honorable mention picks.
On the men’s side, Stanford (14-6, 5-2 Pac-12) qualified for its 35th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance, finished ranked No. 32 in the country and improved despite battling multiple injuries throughout the year. The Cardinal placed third in the highly-competitive Pac-12 and earned an at-large bird thanks primarily to a strong finish, as evidenced by a 25-spot climb in the national rankings during the month of April. Stanford also posted four victories over top-40 opponents, including No. 16 California and No. 22 Boise State, while four of its six losses were against teams ranked in the top-10. Stanford figures to be well-positioned for the future with several key pieces returning, as this year's singles lineup regularly featured two juniors and three sophomores.
The most storied program in women's college tennis, Stanford (20-3, 8-2 Pac-12) fell short in its attempt at a national title repeat, dropping a hard-fought 4-3 loss to No. 7 North Carolina in the NCAA semifinals. Entering the postseason once again as a double-digit seed, Stanford reached the NCAA semifinals for the fourth time in five years despite the early departure of back-to-back defending NCAA singles champion Nicole Gibbs and three freshmen making their lineup debuts. Dramatic upset victories over California and Virginia quickly conjured up memories of Stanford’s 2013 NCAA championship run, in which Stanford became the lowest seed ever at No. 12 to capture an NCAA title. Finishing third in the Pac-12 and ending the season ranked No. 8 nationally, Stanford also placed its entire singles lineup of players ranked among the top-60 into the NCAA Championships field.