Burdette, Gibbs Capture NCAA Doubles Crown
ATHENS, Ga.- For the third year in a row, the NCAA doubles trophy belongs to Stanford.
After battling for nearly three hours in the singles final, Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs shook off fatigue to claim the doubles title with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Georgia's Nadja Gilchrist and Chelsey Gullickson on Monday afternoon at the 2012 NCAA Tennis Championships.
About the only resistance Burdette and Gibbs encountered was a pre-match shift to the indoor courts after heavy rain ended any possibility of playing the match outside in the stadium.
Instead, Burdette and Gibbs cruised to a relatively easy win over the team of Gilchrist and Gullickson, which was playing in front of its home crowd.
Gibbs Wins Three-Setter Over Burdette To Claim NCAA Singles Title
ATHENS, Ga.- No matter what the outcome, Monday's NCAA singles final was going to represent another chapter in the rich and storied tradition of Stanford women's tennis.
In a unique head-to-head matchup that lasted nearly three hours and featured several tense moments, sophomore Nicole Gibbs edged junior Mallory Burdette 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in an all-Stanford singles final at the 2012 NCAA Tennis Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Fans were treated to a mixture of incredible shot-making, pinpoint placement and lengthy, well-executed rallies, even despite the occasional ill-timed double fault. With the nation's top two players battling for the singles crown, the Stanford tennis program was well-represented on Monday despite the result.