Feb. 28, 2013
STANFORD, Calif.- Both Stanford tennis teams are back in action this weekend, highlighted by the women hosting rival California on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
No. 41 Stanford shifts its focus back to individual play with an appearance at the 124th Pacific Coast Doubles tournament in La Jolla, Calif.
The Cardinal is represented with five pairings in the draw: Denis Lin/John Morrissey, Jamin Ball/Daniel Ho, Nolan Paige/Trey Strobel and Maciek Romanowicz/Robert Stineman, along with Anthony Tsodikov teaming with assistant coach Brandon Coupe.
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 (3-5, 0-0 Pac-12) is coming off a 5-2 loss at No. 12 California in its most recent outing. The Cardinal has captured the doubles point in four of its eight matches this year, including last weekend's defeat to the Golden Bears.
Stanford is represented with two singles players in the latest edition of the ITA rankings. John Morrissey checks in at No. 45 while Nolan Paige holds at No. 91.
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It's a stretch of six consecutive home matches for No. 26 Stanford, which opens the lengthy homestand on Saturday by hosting No. 9 California at 12 p.m. in the latest chapter of the Bay Area rivalry series.
The result will not factor into the conference standings, as the April 19 contest in Berkeley will represent the Pac-12 counting match. Stanford has won six in a row against California, with the Golden Bears looking for their first win in the series since a 4-3 home triumph back on April 18, 2009.
Stanford (4-2, 0-0 Pac-12) split a pair of top-20 matches last week, downing No. 18 Clemson 5-2 before falling to No. 4 Florida 4-2 the following day. Both contests were played in Gainesville, Fla.
Against Clemson, the Cardinal swept all three doubles matches and won three of its four singles bouts in straight-sets. In the loss to Florida, Stanford claimed the doubles point and built a 2-1 lead before Florida ripped off three straight singles wins once the contest was moved indoors due to weather.
Stanford's singles lineup boasts five nationally-ranked players, according to this week's ITA rankings. Krista Hardebeck leads the group at No. 14, joined by Ellen Tsay (31), Kristie Ahn (48), Nicole Gibbs (87) and Stacey Tan (103).