Pair Of Matches Up Next For No. 11 Women's Tennis

Feb. 28, 2010

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STANFORD, Calif.- No. 11 Stanford prepares for its final week of competition before facing a 15-day break.

Coming off its first loss of the year in a 6-1 defeat at UCLA, the Cardinal (7-1) will play a pair of matches this week before next hitting the courts on Mar. 21.

Stanford hosts Saint Mary's on Thursday, Mar. 4, with a chance to extend its remarkable home winning streak. The Cardinal has won 156 matches in a row (126 in the regular season) at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium, recognized as the longest active home winning streak of any intercollegiate sport in NCAA Division I athletics. The last time the Cardinal lost a home match was back on Feb. 27, 1999, when No. 4 California pulled a 5-4 upset.

Two days later, Stanford squares off against California in Berkeley. Recent meetings between the rival programs have been very competitive, and last year's matchups were perfect examples. Stanford turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 victory to keep its home winning streak alive in the first contest of the year. But California responded with a 4-3 triumph in the regular season finale in the counting match.

Saturday's match does not count in the Pac-10 standings. Instead, the Apr. 17 matchup at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium will factor into the conference race.

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