Cardinal's Nicole Gibbs returns to NCAA singles championship


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It didn't take long for the No. 13 seed Nicole Gibbs to secure her spot in the women's singles national title match for the second consecutive year. For fans watching Sunday's semifinal contest, it must have seemed like déjá vu as the Stanford junior won for the second time in as many days by the score of 6-1, 6-1. The only difference Sunday was her opponent: No. 31 seed Breaunna Addison of Texas.

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Poor weather in Urbana, Ill. moved inside to the Atkins Indoor Tennis Center. It took Gibbs just 54 minutes to defeat the Longhorns' freshman. After dropping the third game of the first set to Addison, the Cardinal All-American won seven games in a row. Despite the match's brisk pace, Gibbs found herself in a familiar position, getting ready for Monday's NCAA title match:

Gibbs will now face Mary Weatherholt of Nebraska. The No. 11 seed won her semifinals matchup over Alabama's Alexa Guarachi in equally strong fashion (6-0, 6-3). But on the eve of another title opportunity, the defending NCAA champion is taking the time to give credit to her school:

Monday's Gibbs-Weatherholt national championship final is set to begin approximately at 11 a.m. PT, depending on weather conditions. The match will be live streamed on NCAA.com.

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