STANFORD, Calif.- When you’re talking about powerhouses in women’s college tennis, the discussion typically begins and ends with Stanford and Florida.
The programs have recently showed their mutual respect with a home-and-home regular season series, which resumes Sunday, Feb. 23, at 12 p.m. at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
Stanford checks in at No. 3 in the latest edition of the national rankings while Florida is No. 5.
The schools have combined to win the last four NCAA championships, with Stanford claiming titles in 2010 and 2013 while Florida repeated in 2011 and 2012.
In a Google+ Hangout from Wednesday morning, we get a chance to hear what senior Kristie Ahn and former standout Mallory Burdette describe as their favorite moments of the rivalry. Check it out:
Here’s a quick refresher for those unfamiliar with the Stanford-Florida rivalry.
Four years ago, Stanford edged Florida in Athens, Ga., to claim the national championship. Trailing 5-4 in the third set, Mallory Burdette rattled off three straight games to secure a thrilling 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-5 victory at the No. 3 spot of the lineup and clinch Stanford's dramatic 4-3 win over Florida. After match point, Mallory Burdette was tackled hard to the ground by older sister and senior Lindsay Burdette in a celebration that ranks as one of the most exciting moments in Stanford history.
In the 2011 NCAA title match, it was the Gators snapping the Cardinal's NCAA-record 184-match home winning streak. Stanford knocked off Florida 5-2 at Taube in the 2012 regular season but the Gators later won the NCAA title.
In 2013, Florida spoiled Stanford’s first visit to Gainesville in 20 years, edging the Cardinal 4-2. Three months later in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, Florida became a 4-3 victim during Stanford’s improbable NCAA title run. Ahn won her match at No. 2, helping Stanford secure the win.