June 7, 2012
STANFORD, Calif.- Both Stanford tennis teams were honored with several selections to their respective 2012 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 five honorees. Denis Lin (3.76 - Mechanical Engineering) and Ryan Thacher (3.91 - History) earned spots on the First Team. Matt Kandath (3.31 - Science, Technology & Society) was named to the Second Team while Daniel Ho and Bradley Klahn were recognized among the Honorable Mention picks.
Three members of the women's team earned accolades, led by Veronica Li (3.56 - Political Science) as a selection to the Second Team. Natalie Dillon and Nicole Gibbs were included among the Honorable Mention choices.
On the men's side, Stanford wrapped up the year 20-9 overall and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships for the second straight season. The Cardinal, which placed third in the Pac-12 at 5-2, reached the 20-win plateau for the fourth consecutive year, finished the year with a No. 9 national ranking and upset No. 6 Kentucky in the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships.
The most storied program in NCAA women's tennis, Stanford finished 21-2 overall, earned a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title and reached the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships. Stanford's bid for a third straight NCAA final appearance was halted by a season-ending loss to USC, representing only the fourth defeat over the last three years combined. Stanford closed out the year ranked No. 5 in the country and handed national champion Florida its only loss of the year.