May 30, 2012
STANFORD, Calif.- Sophomore Nicole Gibbs of the women's tennis team has been named the Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week for May 29.
This is the first career honor for Gibbs and first for a women's tennis player since Hilary Barte on May 30, 2010.
Gibbs became only the third Stanford player to claim collegiate singles and doubles championships during the same season, with Kathy Jordan capturing AIAW titles in 1979 and Linda Gates pulling off the NCAA double in 1985. Gibbs defeated teammate Mallory Burdette 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the singles final, before the duo then paired up to claim the doubles crown with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Georgia's Nadja Gilchrist and Chelsey Gullickson.
Gibbs, who became the 15th all-time collegiate singles champion in school history (13 NCAA, 2 AIAW), is the first Stanford player to capture the NCAA singles crown since Amber Liu repeated as champion in 2004.
Gibbs and Burdette brought home Stanford's 15th overall collegiate doubles title in school history, and eighth since the since the NCAA adopted its current format in 1982.
Monday's championship matches represented a historic day for the Stanford women's tennis program. It was the first time in NCAA men's or women's tennis history that teammates squared off in the singles final before later pairing up in the doubles title match.