Split Squad Action In SoCal, Vegas
STANFORD, Calif.- No. 1 Stanford opens play this weekend at a pair of tournaments, with a split squad participating at the NCTC Classic in Indian Wells, Calif., and the Freeman Memorial Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.
Kristie Ahn, Amelia Herring, Lindsey Kostas and Carol Zhao will be competing at the NCTC Classic. Taylor Davidson, Caroline Doyle, Krista Hardebeck and Ellen Tsay are headed to the Freeman Memorial Invitational. Hardebeck advanced to the semifinals of last year’s event while Tsay and Stacey Tan captured the consolation doubles title.
The Cardinal is well-represented in the national rankings with five players ranked in singles: Ahn (6), Doyle (34), Zhao (40), Davidson (41) and Tsay (94). Two doubles teams are ranked: Ahn/Zhao (15) and Davidson/Tsay (16).
Ahn compiled a team-best 8-1 record during fall competition, capturing the singles title at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships. Doyle also enjoyed an impressive fall, notching an 8-2 record.
In doubles, both Ahn/Zhao and Davidson/Tsay are 7-2 overall. Davidson/Tsay defeated Ahn/Zhao 8-6 in the championship match of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships.
The most storied program in college tennis, Stanford defeated No. 3 Texas A&M in a 4-3 thriller to capture the 2013 NCAA crown. No. 12 Stanford (22-4, 8-2 Pac-12) became the lowest-seeded team to win an NCAA title, also knocking off No. 5 USC, No. 4 Georgia and No. 1 Florida along the way. The championship also extended Stanford's record streak of 37 years in a row with at least one NCAA title and paved the way for a 19th consecutive Directors' Cup.