Both squads elected not to participate in this year's National Team Indoor Championships, instead agreeing to a rare home-and-home series between national powers that will commence next year in Gainesville. Last year's final at the National Team Indoor Championships pitted Stanford against Florida, with the Cardinal prevailing 4-2.
However on Sunday, in what figured to be a back-and-forth battle between the nation's top two programs, the Cardinal quickly squashed any hopes of a dramatic finish by dominating doubles.
Stanford swept all three matches to capture what looked to be a pivotal 1-0 lead.
The Cardinal's top two doubles teams posted 8-3 victories while the No. 3 duo of Kristie Ahn and Veronica Li rallied back from deficits of 5-2 and 6-4 to notch an 8-6 triumph and please the raucous, sun-drenched crowd.
At that point, Florida (5-1, 0-0 SEC) had work to do.
Meanwhile, Stanford (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) had a statement to make.
Perhaps setting the tone for the match, Mallory Burdette breezed past Lauren Embree at the No. 2 position by a 6-1, 6-2 score. Burdette, who clinched Stanford's NCAA championship in 2010 as a freshman, dropped the deciding match against Embree one year ago in Florida's title run. On Sunday, Burdette was first off the court and put Stanford in front 2-0.
Over on court six, Veronica Li then booked a 6-3, 6-4 win over Olivia Janowicz to give the Cardinal a 3-0 cushion.
Stacey Tan then provided the clincher at the No. 3 spot, besting Joanna Mather 7-6 (5), 6-3 and pushing Stanford's lead to 4-0.
Making her season debut in singles since returning from injury, Kristie Ahn contributed a 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (4) victory at the No. 4 spot.
Florida received singles wins from Allie Will at No. 1 and Sofie Oyen at No. 5.
The Cardinal has now won three of the last four meetings in the series.
"We got beat by a better team today," said Florida head coach Roland Thornqvist. "Stanford was the more aggressive team in doubles and took early leads on courts one and two ... The crowd was excellent and it was a great atmosphere. I thought we fought really hard. I was very happy with the way we fought with our composure and our body language even though they were storming out of the gates. I think we did all the little things as well as we could. We learned a lot. We lost to a better team today and I have to say congratulations to Stanford."
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NOTES: Florida had won 26 consecutive matches entering Sunday ... Stanford and Florida were meeting in the regular season for the first time in 19 years, when the Cardinal traveled to Gainesville on March 24, 1993 ... Kristie Ahn was playing her first singles match since May 23, 2011, when she retired after trailing 2-1 against Baylor's Jelena Stanivuk ... Nicole Gibbs suffered only her fourth loss of the year and first since November ... Mallory Burdette improved to 12-4 against nationally-ranked opponents ... Head coach Lele Forood now sports a 291-17 overall record as she enters her 12th season on The Farm.
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No. 2 Stanford 5, No. 1 Florida 2
1) No. 1 Burdette/Gibbs d. No. 10 Cercone/Will (FLA) 8-3
2) Tan/Tsay (STAN) d. Embree/Oyen (FLA) 8-3
3) Ahn/Li (STAN) d. Caroline Hitimana/Mather (FLA) 8-6 Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1) No. 3 Allie Will (FLA) d. No. 5 Nicole Gibbs (STAN) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
2) No. 1 Mallory Burdette (STAN) d. No. 25 Lauren Embree (FLA) 6-1, 6-2
3) Stacey Tan (STAN) d. No. 4 Joanna Mather (FLA) 7-6 (5), 6-3
4) Kristie Ahn (STAN) d. No. 41 Alex Cercone (FLA) 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (4)
5) No. 34 Sofie Oyen (FLA) d. No. 31 Ellen Tsay (STAN) 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (1)
6) Veronica Li (STAN) d. Olivia Janowicz (FLA) 6-3, 6-4 Order of Finish: 2, 6, 3, 5, 4, 1